Dec 6, 2009

Sunday Stills ~ Pets

Happy Anniversary, Sunday Stills! Each week, Ed at Sunday Stills issues us a new photo challenge. This week’s challenge was “pets”. If you follow my blog, you know I have quite a menagerie, but keeping with the horse related theme, I’ll start with introducing you to my herd. Since it is dark when I go to work right now and dark when I get home, I had to pull the pictures from the archives. I did try to find some I haven’t used before.

Ginger was the first horse we bought in 2000. She was a three-year-old, green broke filly. In hindsight, she was not the best horse for a “first” horse, but if we only knew then what we know now. Today she is 12 years old and still full of fire.

Baby Dutch was a weanling running with the same herd as Ginger. For some reason, John asked the cowboy to price her, as well. I guess he thought she was a good buy as she came home with us that day, too. We were told she was “part” draft. Guess we didn’t realize how much. Baby surprised us years later when she gave birth to a pretty palomino filly, GinnyBelle. An unplanned breeding and a surprise foal, Baby had been in a pasture for a very short time with a not-yet-two-year-old stud colt half her size. If there’s a will, there’s a way.

Blue was my first horse. He was and still is my buddy and my pal. He gave me my confidence back and taught both my kids to ride.

Born on a breezy spring day, Windy is Ginger’s only baby. I sold her as a yearling and bought her back as a young three-year-old. For the last five seasons, I’m not sure if she has taught me more or me, her. It hasn’t been an easy journey, but has been a great ride!

Butterscotch aka “Butter” is my son’s horse. A stocky little quarter horse, she stands right at 14.2 hh. She has the sweetest little trot and is a favorite ride of mine, as well.

And the Non-Equines...

In keeping with the essence of Sunday Stills, I did manage to line up the cats and dogs today for their picture. Now THAT was a challenge considering the cats don’t like each other. The dogs being whores to treats, did line up appropriately. I got two shots of the dogs before Fat Maddie, the Springer, had to lie down and Bo, the St. Bernard, began to scratch every spot that itched! Ritz, my White Shepherd, being the good soldier he is, continued to hold his pose waiting patiently for whatever tidbit he thought we were offering.

Here are the outtakes:

Big Itch! And Maddie laid down. Look at Ritz. Still sitting!

Bo!! Don't go there. (Ritz is still sitting!)

Another big itch! (Good boy, Ritz!)


  1. That picture of your mare and foal is gorgeous! I hope you have it framed somewhere.

    BTW - I am totally enjoying the pumpkin/vanilla pudding recipe today. Thanks - it took the edge off of my massive dessert craving and saved me from attacking a donut!

  2. You have many beautiful horses! and dogs too. Thanks for visiting my Journal.

  3. Ooooppps! I can't leave out those talkative cats!

  4. Lovely horses, I am no horse person, why did you sell her as a yearling, and them buy her back as a 3 rd old?

    You scare of your kids loving her to bits like I did to my grandpa's guinea pigs? LOL

  5. Mindee - Isn't that good pumpkin? The recipe actually called for butterscotch pudding, but I couldn't find any sugar free at the store I was at, so vanilla it was. Glad you like it.

    Lori - thanks for stopping by. Those tomless tom cats are something!

    Ann - I sold Windy when she was just a baby. A friend of a friend was interested in her and it seemed like a long time until they are old enough to ride. A lot can happen & I really needed a horse I could ride at the time. I regretted it the moment I let her go. Kept up with where she was; saw her a couple times her 2 yr old year. When I was offered her back as a 3 yr old, I jumped on it. No regrets. She is truly my dream horse.

  6. Hello Tammy,
    I just started doing the Sunday Stills, and blogging for that matter. Your site is wonderful. Your photography is excellent. I've only posted a few, hope to get up to speed soon.
    Artist Painter Printmaker
    Elizabeth Gaye MacDonald
    (Sydney's Aunt)

  7. Anonymous6:31 PM

    mother and foal is a superb photo, i would hang that on my wall

  8. LOL! Classic pooch pics and the horse shots are fantastic..:-)

  9. love Windy and your son's horse. Good job!

  10. ROFLMBO! Oh I laughed so hard. Thanks for that. You know your critters so well. Oh my goodness.
    And your shepherd looks like a good two shoes. hehe!

    All your horses are gorgeous. It was great reading about some of their history, too.


  11. Anonymous11:33 PM

    You have a beautiful furry family.Nice job. :)

  12. Great story and a beautiful collection of fur!

  13. Your pictures are incredible! That one of Ginger looking to the river or the lake in the distance looks like a painting! And of course the mare and foal is gorgeous. They all are. You have quite a talent for photography.

    Love the dogs being whores for treats, lol.

  14. great shots. The dogs are so funny! Windy looks fabulous in that shot!

  15. Awesome pics!!!! Such a good boy, Ritz.


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