Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Birthday bash at the barn

Today — Monday, that is — was my 30th birthday. I started off the day with my biggest wish for my birthday: a nice ride on Panama.

My horse greeting me on my birthday!

Isn't he adorable, with his tippy ears, and his neck stretched to get his little head over that gate? The little bugger knows he's cute, too.

My horse begging for treats through the fence

We've gotten a lot of rain lately, so it was too soggy to ride outside, let alone hit the trails. So we rode in the indoor with Zans, Mozart, and their respective moms. Panama was pretty revved up at first — I think, when we were all getting our horses ready at the same time, he thought we were going for a trail ride — but he relaxed pretty quickly. We all rode and chatted for over an hour, and it was quite nice!

After I put Panama back in his corral, I went back inside to sweep the aisle. When I came back to my car, I found this:

Tina the calf eating the horses' hay

This is Tina.

Black calf face

Tina was sick after she was born, something having to do with being born during a really cold time. She had to be kept in the barn owners' laundry room and bottle fed. By the time she was well again, though, she thought the barn owner was her mom, and no longer had any interest in her real mom. As a result she is extremely tame: She follows the dogs around, and you can walk right up to her and pet her. She even licked me once today — I was surprised to find her tongue is rough, like a cat's! She roams the property freely during the day, eating grass and the horses' hay.

Calf eating scraps from the horses' hay

When I first saw them, Tina and Panama were checking one another out through the fence. Panama is very interested in the cows, especially those that don't run away from him! But he declined to have his picture taken with her, so I got Mozart and Daisy staring at her instead. I think they were wondering why she was eating their hay scraps!

Horses checking out a calf that was eating their hay

It was a delightful visit to the barn, and a perfect way to kick off my birthday!



At April 27, 2010 at 6:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A very happy birthday!

At April 27, 2010 at 8:04 PM, Blogger jane augenstein said...

Well, Happy Birthday to you!!! 30??? yes, I remember 30....a long time ago! LOL
Hope you had a great day!!!

At April 27, 2010 at 10:48 PM, Blogger Katharine Swan said...

Kate and Jane, thanks so much! My sister took me out to lunch today for my birthday... I love birthdays that last more than one day! :o)

At April 28, 2010 at 9:35 AM, Blogger Nuzzling Muzzles said...

Happy Birthday, Katherine! Sorry I'm a little belated with my wishes. Tina is a cutie.

At April 28, 2010 at 9:36 AM, Blogger Nuzzling Muzzles said...

Correction... Happy Birthday, Katharine! My eyesight is getting so bad. I thought I typed an "a" previously.

At April 28, 2010 at 5:53 PM, Blogger Katharine Swan said...

Thanks, NM, and no worries! It's pretty common that people misspell my name, so I'm used to it. But I really appreciate you correcting yourself. ;o)


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