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Miniature Horse Hair

Holy cow I just spent the last 2.5 hours brushing through the puffy manes and tails of our six miniature horses. Yes, I said 2.5 hours. Its too bad there’s not a way I could figure out a way to harvest hair from them. I could make millions from a hair club for people from miniature horse hair. They have gobs of it!!!

HK Bar weather is strange. If you spend a few days here you can experience all four seasons.  The little minis have super thick winter coats and I keep brushing and brushing thinking they will eventually shed all the way out …..three months and I’m still drowning in hair.

Pony/miniature horse hair is so much fuller and puffier than horse hair. Its crazy! Soon I plan to get the clippers out and clean up bridle paths and shave faces. I also will be learning how to thin manes……anyone have any advice or experience with thinning manes!?

So anyhow, the last two and a half hours where productive ones. All the minis now have beautiful poofy 1980s style hair with no tangles and a whole Lotta body.

And I feel so much more peaceful after some time with the littles.

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Jo; Major Duomo Update

Today we loaded up the family in the suburban and took more hay and grain out to Jo, our mare who is at Major Duomo’s (a tb stud) barn. She looks absolutely fantastic, and seems well adjusted.

While Hubby unloaded the hay and grain from the trailer I and the girls went to see Jo in her stall. She noticed there was people right away, and then her eyes met mine and I saw the spark of recognition. She shuffled back and forth in her stall a bit and stuck her velvety nose out to be scratched. I had brought her a few of her favorite treats (banana peels).

She made quick work of the banana peels and enjoyed being loved on and the attention from Boo, Owl, and Bunny. Major Duomo’s owner, Ali is taking great care of my girl Jo. I was so glad to see Jo in good physical, and mental health.

When the hay and grain were unloaded and kids strapped back in car seats I snuck over to Jos stall to say a quiet goodbye. I scratched her head and blew in her nostrils. And I told her I’d see her again soon. There was no pacing or shuffling this time, just a quiet Jo with her grey nose poked out of her door. I left feeling very peaceful and happy to know my girl is doing great under Ali’s care. And I have to admit I was pleased when I saw the spark of recognition in Jos eyes when she saw me, and the impatient shuffling she did as I approached her stall.

When we were driving out of Alis place hubby commented  that he hasn’t seen me smile that big for days. I just laughed in response. But he’s right I know. Its not been the same without seeing my girl everyday. I’ve missed her happy nickers, and her running to the gate when she sees me in the mornings.

Even though our horses have jobs and a function on the HK Bar, they are deeply loved and appreciated.

So anyway, Jo is no longer striking out and being aggressive towards Major. She now stands next to him quietly. So hopefully she will be coning in again soon.

My whole weekend was made. I had a beautiful drive with the family, and I got to see my girl.

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Jo in her stall at Major Duomos barn

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Experiencing Freedom

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I have always believed a picture is worth a thousand words. This is a picture of my two year old daughter,Owl, and one of our three year old miniature horses, Grace.

We spend long hours with our horses grooming, feeding, riding, and training. All three of my daughters have a natural love for horses. I guess they do have a drop of my blood in them after all.

Today just moments before this picture was taken Owl stretched her arms out wide and said ,
“Mama, I’m free! Look at me! Grace and me….freeeee!!!!”

The wind gently blew and I watched my beautiful Owl and our beautiful Grace share a moment of freedom. I’ve felt this freedom before, and almost always in the company of horses. There’s nothing in the world quite like it. You just exist in the moment, feeling the sun on your face and the wind on your back, knowing true freedom.

Horses give my daughters so many things…..work ethic….love….endurance…compassion…..and of course…..FREEDOM.

From the HK Bar to the world, what gives you your freedom?

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Little Horse Company’s Debut!

Today Romeo and I attended a birthday party for a seven year old girl. Romeo gave rides to more than fifteen children over the period of an hour and a half.

We had such a great time! I spent several hours this morning grooming Romeo. He was a mudball when I took him out of the pasture. But soon enough he was shining like a brand new copper penny.

Romeo enjoyed all the attention he got from the kids (and me while grooming). We were in the middle of town with all kinds of noises. The kids were squealing and laughing. A BBQ grill was streaming smoke out of it, dogs were barking, and dozens of people were milling about…..and Romeo never missed a beat!

Romeo represented Little Horse Company very well. I was very proud of him! And I think he loved giving rides and being groomed for several hours.

So to all who have been following Little Horse Company’s journey, our debut party was a success! Cheers to Romeo, and cheers to a season full of lots of fun with Little Horse Company
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Little Horse Company

Little Horse Company is beginning to book lots of events! Sunday will be our first event. It is a birthday party. Either Romeo or Katelyn will be giving rides for 1.5 hours.

It is in our hometown, so our kickoff date of the season is Sunday! I am so excited to share our horses with other people, and start on this new adventure. We have also booked about five other events, so we are starting to book up quickly!

There was a time I wondered if Little Horse Company would make it. I wondered whether

there was a demand for this type of small business…..and it sure seems there is!

Thank you to all who have supported my dream of Little Horse Company!

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Conjugal Visit

The girls and I took Jo to Major Duomo’s barn today. (The stud). He is a beautiful boy and we are so excited for this match. Jo is a smidge taller than Major Duomo, but he will rise to the challenge I’m sure.

It was very hard to leave Jo. I had a wave of guilt hit me when I pulled out of the drive. I felt like I was leaving one of my girls at the babysitter for the first time. But Major Duomo’s owner Ali McCullough is well versed in horse breeding and horses in general, the property looked well maintained and safe, so I was comfortable leaving my girl in Ali’s capable hands.

So now we wait. I think I am more nervous about this than I was about being pregnant with my own children!