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Thursday, May 7, 2015


An amazing thing has happened, blog friends. That dream I have had since I was two years old and toddling around with a plastic horse, falling on it and cutting my upper lip so badly I needed stitches. That thing. I have a horse of my own. Not my daughter's horse, not my friend's horse, my horse. I can scarcely believe it. I first looked at him a couple of weeks ago. The girls came home and rode him. They approved. I had him vetted on Monday. Dr. Callahan approved. I wrote a check, with a shaking hand. He is mine.
I have always loved horses and have been around them for most of the last twenty-five years. I was blessed with a horse-crazy daughter and fortunate enough to understand and indulge that passion. I took lessons along with my daughter. I've been a horse show mom, a barn mom,a therapeutic riding volunteer, and finally a barn owner. It was enough, and I was beginning to believe that it was all that would be...but I am married to a wonderful man, who, while not horse-crazy himself, gets it. If you're a regular reader, you know that Mike gave me a horse for Christmas, but fortunately, I took him on trial and in the end decided he was not the one.

This is the one.
They were calling him Charley, but there are a lot of Charley horses about, so I would like to think of something different. I am open to suggestion, but you should know that I generally name my animals after authors or literary characters.
I have not brought him home, opting instead to board him for a month at Timber Grove Farm, where they will whip us both into shape first.
With two horses, I'll need more of everything, so I picked up a big bag of carrots and found this...
Is it just me, or does this carrot look as if it desperately needs the ladies room?
Hope you are following your bliss, blog friends, wherever you are. XO.


  1. Your new horse is beautiful! And though I usually don't comment, I had to throw in my choice for a name. While probably not a literary selection, I am a friend if Diane Gabaldon's OUTLANDER series. So my vote is for either Outlander or Murdoch. Why Murdoch came to mind when thinking of a character in the books, I have no idea! Not regal, but endearing!

  2. Thanks for taking the time to comment. While I'm not familiar with Outlander, I love the name, Murdoch! It's a contender and I think I'm getting close to choosing. Stay tuned...

  3. Congratulations, Mary!! He is a real beauty and I can't wait to hear what name you choose. How about Clancy? He was a Marylander. Or Gilbert or Byron ("The Lord's Oysters")? It's fun choosing a name, one of my favorite things about getting a new pet.

    I go riding with my neighbor, who has two horses. Even though we have enough land here for a horse, my husband is kind of afraid of them for some reason and so we have not gotten one. It doesn't help that my neighbor keeps telling us her horror stories! :)


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