The adventures of Gilly the rescue horse and his side kick and partner in crime, Pokey the donkey.


Being with a horse is a journey that never ends. What they have to teach us is amazing; but we must quiet our mind to hear them. ~ jca


Friday, October 31, 2008

Long Horns.........

Before we saw the old horses, see post below, Kim and I saw these lovely creatures along the road way. Long horn cattle, look at the markings on these beauties!
This is a close up of one heifer, what an odd colored nose this one has.
Big Red here had to make some noise at us............
Then it was, "Who made all that noise, not ME!!! Duh???" How funny. Cows are odd creatures, very flighty, way more so than horses, I think.
This speckled one had to stop and give us a look too. All the horns on these cows seemed to have black tips; hum, are all long horns horns tipped in black? Interesting.
These are only a few of the herd that came to see us; Kim says there are many more and a bull also. I think she told me he was red and white speckled. I will have to try and get a photo of him next time we are out that way.
Rollin', rollin', rollin'.........keep those doggies rollin'.........rawhide......... hahaha
the thyme song from the old show "Rawhide" with Clint Eastwood keeps running through my mind as I write this! Too funny!

Old Horses Rescued................

On another ride on the back roads, Kim took me to a place where some old horses were. These two horses had lived in another bad home where they weren't getting fed, there had been three of them but sadly one had died of starvation. We often talked about how bad we felt that these horses were being treated so unkindly. Seems as though another woman felt the same way and had room on her farm for them.
These horses were so thin that all you saw was bones but not now!
The Appaloosa is 32 years old and looks soooooooo much better after being vet treated and fed some good food. The woman had asked about the Appaloosa and the man that owned them and was mistreating them, just gave her the bay Tennessee Walker.
The Tennessee Walker is somewhere in his late 20's. Both are still a little on the thin side but are steadily putting on weight. They are both kind horses and seem so very grateful to have a home where they are loved and fed.
We will visit them again.

Saturday, October 25, 2008


Hello all!!! Yes, I'm still here.........just haven't been able to upload anything for quite sometime. I hope to be back up to speed soon and have a lot more pictures to post and interesting stories to tell. Well, I hope they will be interesting that is!
I wanted to tell everyone "Have a Frightfully Good Halloween" and had to post these pictures. I made this card last night.........whooooeeee, it took awhile too! First picture is the front, then inside and the back. If you can't read the inside because of the coloring on the background click on the picture to make it bigger. Well, do click on the front too so you don't miss any of the details there. I can tell you it was some FUN playing with the pictures, cropping, cutting and pasting..........hope you like it!!! (By the way, since someone asked, I wrote the poem!)

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Barlow Fair, oldest fair in Ohio

The end of September we went to Ohio's oldest independent fair; at Barlow, Ohio. It's a small fair but a really nice one. It was a beautiful day, usually it rains sometime during or before but not this year, dry, dry, dry!
In one of the building we saw red popcorn that had one a blue ribbon, love the deep red color.
On down from there were gourds, squash, sunflowers, pumpkins and flowers on display with ribbons and awards won.
Outside in the open stalls were all kinds of animals, some very unusual colored cows, love this one. She must have had a long day and way trying to nap.
Don't know the breed of this one either, I like her coloring. Every year at fair time I always look for the breed of cows we used to have, Pinzgauer, but never see them. They were a very unusual looking animal also. Deep red bodies, pink noses and around the eyes, white bands on all four legs, white bellies, white stripe on the back and white tails. Beautiful cows. In another post I will have to show some pictures of them.
This big sheep must have been sleeping and we woke him up, he has straw all over his face.
An Alpaca and sheep were stalled together; looks like both of them had had resent haircuts.

There was also a horse show going on and I love this picture. What a tiny little girl on such a big horse. I didn't see anyone around her she just seemed to be there all by herself waiting for her turn to go into the show ring. The horse stood calmly waiting too.
This is my cousin, Marvin on one of his big John Deere tractors. He comes every year to the tractor pulls; he didn't place this year. Boy, that's a big tractor; the ones Mike has are not nearly that big but then we don't farm like Marvin. He raised a lot of corn, he has close to 300 acres he farms, I can't even imagine! Up until a few years ago he had about 200 head of dairy cows, but because it was so hard to find help they were all sold off.
This was a display of military items. This is an old saddle that I am thankful that I don't have to ride on!!! I have ridden on one of them once, OUCH. The idea behind the opening in the saddle was to keep the horses back cool, it sure wasn't meant for comfort of the rider though!

I snapped this picture of Mill Fork Covered Bridge as we were leaving. This old bridge used to sit over a creek closer to Belpre but was saved and now resides at the fair grounds for safe keeping.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Pokey on a roll..............

Even though Pokey wasn't feeling good when we visited Lacy, he couldn't resist doing the thing he loves most.........
Rolling in the dirt!!! The arena was really dry, we haven't had rain in quite some time, so....the dirt was calling to him.
After smelling and wondering around in a circle he finally starts to do down............

thank goodness for high speed photography! These are a series of pictures taken as he was rolling and rolling in the dirt..........he really made the dust fly!Ahhhhh, this is the life, dirt, lots and lots of soft dirt!!!!
Now this has got to be the all time shot!!! Doesn't he look like a little dog sleeping on his back? This of course was a split second shot because he was rolling back and forth with that little tail whipping the dirt and causing clouds of dust to fly...............but what a happy boy he was.
When Gilly rolls in the dirt he shakes himself off and a cloud of dust flies, but not Pokey.........I guess he wants to be a dirty little donkey!!!

Pokey and Gilly visit Lacy..........

Gilly and Pokey love to visit down the road at Lacy's field. Gilly strolling along the fence; he has the beginnings of his winter just coming in. This was the 19th of September.
Pokey had been following along behind Gilly; Gilly's little shadow.
Pokey checking out the grass, "this smells different than my grass." Pokey wasn't feeling very frisky that day; it had been a week and a half since he had had surgery and he was still a little under the weather.
Gilly giving me a look back over his shoulder for a good picture. Lacy has managed to get Pokey away from Gilly; she wants to mother Pokey. First time she saw Pokey she thought he was her baby, she has had a few babies and is a really good mother. She thinks Gilly doesn't need Pokey, she wants him. Have been trying to talk Kim into getting a little donkey for Lacy to have a companion..........we will see!
Gilly having a good run around the field. I modified this photo with a color spot on Gilly. Look at those beautiful dapples shine on his butt!!! I wonder just what it is about some horses that makes them look dappled in the sunlight. Anyone know??? It's not something you can see all the time but when the sun shines just right there they are, shining like new pennys..........beautiful!!!
Gilly went running past me and I got a good shot of his flying mane. He loves to run when down at Lacy's. We don't have any flat places in our field and when he gets a chance he loves to run!
Always fun to go visiting!!!


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