Thursday, May 3, 2012

Dealing With The Elderly

  Charlie is 30 years old.  That's pretty old for a horse.  Some folks have seeing eye dogs.  But Charlie has Flower.  As well as being nearly blind, Charlie is also very hearing impaired and he counts on Flower to keep him informed.  Usually they stay right around our house and barn and life is pretty safe. 

I recently found them far from home pigging out on clover.  Not such a good idea right now.

Because Flower is expecting any day and predators might just find her kids a tasty snack. 

 I told them to go home.

Which they did.

It is kind of funny to say this, but elderly horses are a bit like elderly people.  Without their sight and hearing their world shrinks and it is all about them.  You should see the looks Charlie gives us if we are late with his old horse food.  And he might just run over you if you aren't careful.  Life is all about him.    But after all those years of faithful service we don't really care.  He deserves his special time of pampering.

We are heading south again to help my parents and attend our oldest son's wedding.  WooHoo.


  1. Flower is a little chubby. I look forward to seeing her little ones in Sept. Be safe in your travels.


  2. They are so lucky they have each other - a really cute pair. Happy and safe travels; congratulations on getting another one married.
    Bionic Cowgirl

  3. just LOVE the old guys.
    the very pregnant goat pal is too precious!
    The Equestrian Vagabond


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