[New Post] Daily Post , Oh, The Irony

Oh, the Irony is today’s challenge, so I figure, now that I’ve thought about the challenge for awhile, I will touch on two subjects, both gifts revolving around ‘The Magi‘. First there is the  book: ‘The Gift of the Magi, by O’Henry. The story is about as ironic as you can get. It is the story of a young couple in love. Neither of these young lovers have any money, so they  each sell something to give the other a gift for Christmas; he sells his watch to buy his beloved a comb, and she sells her hair to buy him a gold watch chain. The other Magi, my sister’s gift to me, in 1990, has it’s own sense of Irony. When my sister originally bought ‘my Magi’, he was a rescue horse, and I have no doubt he’d have died early had he not been saved. The horse was literally starving to death. As it turned out, I’m not so sure that it wasn’t Magi that rescued me. He certainly was a rock for me through some trying years. I don’t have Magi anymore, but he will always own a piece of my heart. He was named after The Magi that followed the star when Jesus was born.  Appropriate, since, indeed, Magi was a godsend—to us both.

Magi. the day my sister bought him. He had worms, so she left him in his pasture for the 1st week and carried him oats, hay, and fresh water everyday to avoid contaminating her own fields.

Magi—only about seven years old shown here— the day my sister bought him. He had worms, so she left him in his pasture for the first week and carried him oats, hay, and fresh water everyday to avoid contaminating her own fields.  That cute kid in the forefront is my little niece, all grown up now.

Magi_after Look at what a handsome, happy fellow he turned out to be seventeen years later.  Another seven years have passed since the above photo was taken, and while I don’t have Magi anymore, he is still alive and has a good home on a big farm in Cumberland County, Virginia. He’s retired now, but very well loved by some friends of mine who were thrilled to adopt him.  I think if it had not been for my fine stead in years past, I’d have lost my mind a long time ago. Another little tidbit, only my blogging audience knows, is that Polly, Beth’s horse in Book 2 of my new Bride’s trilogy, is based on Magi’s coloring, although, Polly is written to be a mare, while my guy is a gelding. I’m sure Magi would forgive me if he knew I turned him into a girl. He probably figures the Vet beat me to it anyway.  I wish I’d gotten Magi while he was still at colt. He’d have been a wonderful daddy, and I have no doubt, would have sired some beautiful foals.   To watch the story on you tube, just click the title story–The gift of the Magi video:  

Weekly Photo Challenge. Together

Magi was rescued Mid-December of 1990 by my sister, Laura, who purchased him for me for Christmas that year. Her gift was a gift to both Magi and Me, since I honestly think she saved his life and possibly my sanity as the years passed. Magi stayed with Laura until the spring so I could scout around and find somewhere to board him closer to where I lived. In the meantime, Laura continued to nurse him along and bring him back to health. He had gained about 75 – 100 pounds in those few months. One day, I will do a post on the befores, and afters, and fill in a few more durings, shots. This is a ‘in the beginning’ shot.

Magi and Me . Spring 1991. Orange County, Virginia . Getting ready to load up and head to a new home (Chesterfield County).

As time went on, Magi and I became the best of friends and bonded trail partners.

Winter of 1998-99. As you can see, Magi had turned out to be a fine horse. We rode for hours on end, thus the need for all of the gear. I liked to be prepared.

As the years went by, Magi and I started hauling cargo. This is Jacob hopping on board in the summer of 2005. This photo was taken in Halifax County.

Here's another little package I found that needed a lift. Jayden joined Magi and me in 2008 for a ride around the ring. This was his first pony ride. He was terrified. Can you tell?

Of course, Ian couldn't be left out. Here again, the year is 2008. I think Ian was hot, he didn't look too thrilled to be riding, did he?

Averettes Horses

One thing Danville had to offer was Averette University, and they in turn, offered equestrian courses. In the spring time, Averette would bring 20 – 25 horses to the farm for two or three months to board them, so their own pastures could ‘rest’. These are but a few of their fine beasts.

A group of horses belonging to the students of Averette University, temporarily boarded at the farm.

That pesky tractor needs to go around us, can't it see we're trying to eat here?

Sunday Photo Challenge . Pleasure #3

Jacob was really getting the hang of riding ‘all by himself’. A good horse is a terrific confidence booster for kids.

Magi and Jacob riding in the ring.

Magi was a little spoiled, if you look closely, you’ll see his ‘treats’ tied to the side of the bareback pads. He liked cherry tomatoes, broccoli, watermelon, cantaloupe, fruit loops,apples, carrots, and whatever else was sitting around in the kitchen. Magi was a regular garbage disposal. I think his colorful diet is why, at almost 27 years old (now), he is still a healthy horse. In the photo above, he is about 22 years old, Jacob was 5.

Sunday Photo Challenge . Pleasure

It’s hard to beat a back rub for pleasure, even if you do have to do it yourself.

A roll in the grass
Magi was famous for rolling after the ride. Bath or not, the first thing he’d do is tumble in the grass once his tack was removed. What a ham.

Sunday Photo Challenge . Pleasure


Honestly, I don’t know if I got more pleasure out of watching Jayden loving life, or if he got more pleasure running in the park.  Wouldn’t it be nice to be so carefree and happy just because it is a beautiful day?

Weekly Photo Challenge . Distorted #2

I’d posted another shadow shot in an earlier blog. These shots were taken on various sunny days when the sun was flirting with Magi and me and our shadows … Digital photography obviously allows us to capture everything we see. What fun! 😉

Magi and Me, riding on a beautiful sunny day.

Dappled Path

I just wanted to welcome in the month of March and wish everyone a Blessed Month. May each of you be dappled with sunshine as you follow your own paths in life. It will be a busy day today (still trying to get my book ready to publish … duty calls), so If you leave a remark, and I don’t answer, it doesn’t mean I don’t care. Please have a lovely day and be happy. 🙂

Another of my riding trails at the farm in Halifax County, Va.

Sunday Photo Challenge. Landscapes

I had to share a few of my favorite farm shots from my days on the farm in Halifax county. Actually Magi lived on the farm and I lived in town. Neither of us could have found a better place to for him to live. The trails were spectacular. Any horseman’s dream come true.

lush cool colors . a delightful path

I always loved riding this path. As you left the field and entered the woods there was a creek bed on the right hand side. The path was narrow, but the ground well worn. It was a favorite cantor spot, although we enjoyed many slow walks as well, allowing us to take in the marvelous scenery.

Down by the pond

Sometimes, we would stop off at the pond, to wade, or grab a drink of water before heading home

Riding the fence line

Some days when I wasn’t quite ready to head home yet, I’d take an extra little spin around the fences just to add a little more time to my ride.

View of some of the pastures

Sitting on Magi in the ring, I couldn’t resist a shot of the pastures. This was horse heaven for a few lucky critters.

Magi & Mister Ed

Okay folks sing along . . . “A horse is a horse, of course, of course, unless of course it’s a talking horse…”. Okay Magi couldn’t talk, but for those of you old enough to remember Mister Ed, that was not the case. Below is a photo of my guy, Magi. We spent 19 years together riding the trails and being buds. Now, sometimes to reclaim that feeling of closeness, I find myself watching old reruns of “Mister Ed”.

Magi in 2007, 23 years old +/-

Mister Ed was a palomino, whereas Magi is a Red Dunn, but still they resemble each other enough to remind me of one another. And so of course, Mister Ed also holds a place in my heart… a reminder of my early childhood days.

You can check out the program if you are unfamiliar with Mister Ed, or if you know exactly who he was, and would like to stroll down the road of nostalgia. The show ran from 1961 to 1966. It was typical of the comedies of the day, just a fun family show, everyone could watch together. Unlike today, we were not shielded from television due to explicit sex scenes,foul language, or violence. Mister Ed was typical of the comedies of the day. Very creative and entertaining, and now a classic. Mister Ed’s real name was Bamboo Harvester. He died in 1970 due to health complications. So sad. Of all of the original cast members, only Wilber (Alan Young) is still alive. He is now 92 years old.