Hello Happy Horse-folk!
I can't believe how fast the days and weeks are flying. Halloween seems like it just happened, and yet Thanksgiving is literally right around the corner. Last month I had the honor to once again serve as the event veterinarian for the World Joust-Tournament of the Phoenix in Poway. It never ceases to amaze me that these horses allow knights in full armor, with ostrich-feather helmet decorations to come clanking up the mounting block and drop into the saddle. Then they run full speed down the "tilt" (where the actual jousting occurs) where the knights shatter lances on their opponent's shields, sending fragments hurtling in to the sky! It's truly exciting to watch. The horses all did great and I'm happy to report they were unscathed. The knights...well, that's another story. I chose Sean George (from England) as "my" knight since he was riding Petrus (one of my regular patients). Petrus LOVES getting his special peppermint cookie when he gets his vaccinations, so when he saw my tuck he came marching over and stuck his entire head inside the cab (I was sitting in the passenger seat, with the door open) and snorffled around, looking for the goodies. I just love that big gorgeous boy!
Here's Sean, Petrus and his squire defending my truck :)
And, on a totally different note, I just have to share the mini donkey cuteness! Levi and Liam, supervising: And Clem, outstanding in his field:
We wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving and happy riding :)
Christi and Gary Garfinkel,