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sunday with oma

January 24, 2013

sunday was special.

first of all, it was a very busy and productive day.

the weather had warmed enough to allow us to replace a couple of critical fence posts

(one of which the horses helped us take down on christmas morning…

guess they were eager to see what santa had brought??),

so we had the team assembled.

really and truly, i had every intention of making myself useful

as a good team member,

but when jenny called and asked if i’d like to borrow my granddaughter for the day,


i simply said yes.

we’d just been talking about how important it is for the kids to start spending

serious time on the farm now that we’re only

ten minutes apart.

besides, addie is just a little bit horse crazy

(go figure),

so this was an opportunity to begin to learn some of

the basic skills of horse care.

(and no, we did not start with rakes and shovels.)

so while the team was struggling with pick axes and jackhammers

to break through frozen ground and concrete,

oma and addie had a little fun.

we decided that meadbh would really enjoy a spa treatment,

so we grabbed a halter and went out to get her.

and guess what?

they all wanted a turn.


even sunny,

who likes to play it cool with his humans,

has a soft spot for kids

and was the first one to come over and say “pick me”.

since we had only brought out the small halter we stuck to the plan

and brought meadbh in.

** insert shameless plug for gypsy horses here:

it’s important to note that meadbh is tied up about 10 feet away from

the intermittent use of the jackhammer and the hustle and bustle

of  a half dozen people all trying to be helpful in close proximity.  

not only could she have cared less about that,

but all the others were right at the fence waiting for their turn.**

i digress.


we practiced talking to her softly


and keeping one hand on her as you move around so she knows where you are.

then we went into the next pen to practice leading.



these two make quite a pair!


we had every intention of getting another horse to work with,

but when caoinlean let himself in through the open gate

(keeping in mind that there were only about six people standing there…)

we figured that we were a bit too much of a distraction for the horses to bear.


hey, buddy…  what are you doing in here?


come on.  out you go!

addie and i retired to the house to play checkers,

have a snack,

and do some drawing together in the studio.


before we knew it, it was time to bring the horses in and feed them.


cormac needed just a little attention from addie first.

caoinlean and si gaoithe were thrilled to have a guest at dinner.


sunny and tireachan were even willing to leave the feed tub to say good bye

before she had to go.



yes, it was a good day.

two 6 X 6 fence posts set in fresh concrete,

and one little girl livin’ the dream.

life is good.


(think it’s ok that i suggested they get addie boots and gloves to leave at the farm??)

10 Comments leave one →
  1. January 24, 2013 10:09 am

    what a grand day for addie and the horses!
    yes, by all means: she needs boots and gloves at the ready on the farm.
    [btw: i’ll be sending *my* boots and gloves to keep at the ready on the farm…. ….just sayin’…. ]


    • sassysistersink permalink*
      January 24, 2013 3:47 pm

      hah ha! send them right on over!!

  2. Mary Harte permalink
    January 25, 2013 12:49 pm

    How sweet she is (and the horses too). I need to come visit so you can tell me how to pronounce these gailic names. 🙂

    • sassysistersink permalink*
      January 25, 2013 7:29 pm

      i think that’s a splendid idea.
      your room is ready!!

  3. January 25, 2013 4:21 pm

    i just re-read your post.
    it’s to *your* credit that the gypsies so beautifully tolerate extraneous noises and distractions: you and your family took time to train them well, and here’s your results.
    and your rewards.
    you’re quickly selling me on gypsies….

    • sassysistersink permalink*
      January 25, 2013 7:33 pm

      i appreciate that! it’s also very important that they had such a good start at the farm where they were bred. you can’t go wrong with a gypsy… just sayin’!!

  4. gypsyhorseangel permalink
    January 27, 2013 5:33 am

    Hi Janet,

    I personally think this is one of your best posts yet (perhaps I’m a bit influenced by the subject matter)

    I loved the pictures of Addie leading Meadbh – they both look so young and yet so confident!

    Hawaii was wonderful – hard to come home (as usual), but at least it wasn’t 10 below when we got back. Come see us when you get the chance (bring Addie to meet baby Ceilidh!)

    Best regards, Charlie

    • sassysistersink permalink*
      January 27, 2013 11:36 pm

      hi charlie,
      yes, i loved the pictures of addie leading meadbh so much that i couldn’t decide amongst them so i just put all three in the post!
      i’d say you picked both the right time to be gone and the right time to return! the weather is glorious and the horses have had all kinds of attention this past week!
      letting cormac run in the round pen i realized that he has the same showy action as tireachan– tail up and legs lifted high! so pretty!
      yes, i’ll try to bring addie up– she’d love it!

  5. Laurie permalink
    January 28, 2013 11:43 pm

    my heart just filled to the very top!!!!!!!!!
    LOVE, just love.

    • sassysistersink permalink*
      January 29, 2013 3:53 am

      yes, it feels like there is a whole lot of love here.
      that makes me so happy!

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