||Twenty one, Six years old|
Connemara Pony-Thoroughbred Cross
||New York, USA|
is on the left and Saladdays is on the right. Java is 21
years old, which in human years would be 84! Java (who is affectionately
called Beanie) is a Belgian Draft-Thoroughbred cross, and is 16.2 hands.
Saladdays (who is called Sally) is six years old, and a Connemara
Pony-thoroughbred cross, and is 16 hands and quite stout!
A few years ago when I made the decision that soon Java would have to
retire from his present job if he were to be able to continue to be
sound and healthy, he made the decision for me. Even though you can see
he loved his job the speeds and distances at this level were going to
become too much for his joints. He found Saladdays (Sally) as a three
year old at a friends place, and literally dragged me to her stall.
Three months later I bought her. They have been inseparable ever since.
Java has taught Sally a great deal, and they often talk and discuss
things. Typical of these 'father-daughter' talks, the daughter always
knows it all! After three years of quiet careful training Sally started
her first year of Novice competition. Last summer she was part of a team
at the Eastern National Adult Team Championships and we won out of 21
teams! You can see she loves her job as well! Sally is very talented,
but I will not push her too fast, or ask more than she is capable of, so
that she becomes overwhelmed. Slow careful training is the best for any
Sally has an opinion about everything, is very inquisitive, and knows
she is a Queen! But she still listens to Beanie. They have lots of
lovely safe pasture to play in, and enjoy their work and play time.
Beanie is still ridden every day, but not jumped. Older horses need to
be kept using their bodies and minds to stay sound, and will live a long
time if cared for properly. They both eat, along with their three small
meals, five pounds of carrots a day, and their evening meal before their
day off they get a lovely mash which includes Irish Stout beer! I have
lots of little children come by and visit the horses, and are learning
to take care of animals the right way. Animals, like these horses, are a
wonderful gift, and deserve the best treatment we can give them,
especially our respect, our love, and our time.
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