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Coping Aid No. 1: Maddie


Maddie is a grey mare with freckles. At least she is right now. When she was younger she was steel grey with dapples, and as those faded with age she became snow white with manure stains (she is a pig) in the winter and freckled (with manure stains) in the summer.

You might think that as she aged she would become more mature, but no. She lives to amuse herself and has two alter egos.

Periodically her evil twin Muriel appears and did so the other night when she opened the latch to her stall door and went out to look for trouble. She found it too – as she always does – this time by dumping out all of the stuff in a boarder’s plastic containers. She found the sugar-free treats, decided they were disgusting, ripped the bags open and threw the contents all over the barn. She then turned her attention to the latches on the other horses’ stalls. Thank God I caught her before all hell broke loose.

And then there is Pluto’s Magdalena.

Apparently she has been telling the other horses that her grandfather was a Lipizzaner stallion and preens around showing the boys in the barn how beautiful she is. She seems to have forgotten that she came from a herd of miscellaneous horses in Canada. But that was a long time ago, and a girl can be whoever she wants to be per the law according to Maddie - I mean, Pluto’s Magdalena….

In addition to all this she is a working woman and has supported the barn by teaching assorted children and adults to ride and jump. She is an excellent instructor. If they do it right, she does. If they don’t, she does nothing, looks around at her rider as if to say, “You talkin’ to me?”

She also likes dress up, here as part of a Halloween team, Cat, Mouse, and Cheese. (Maddie is the Mouse, we are not to scale)

She does not worry about the dark forces lurking in the world. Food, entertainment, and admiration – in that order – are her priorities. She is happy and so is everyone who spends time with her. She is my role model for delight.

What is yours?


September 5, 2020

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Ann
07 de set. de 2020

Thanks, guys, for sharing these beautiful "coping aids," angels every one!

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Amy David
Amy David
06 de set. de 2020


Harry is such a beautiful, quiet soul. When he meets people, he lays down at their feet especially around little children. He came into the world with polite habits...we didn’t teach him them. But sometimes I think he’s really sad and afraid. I think he’s lonely not to have another animal friend in the house but we just can’t take in another. We feed him a very healthy diet and walk him a lot so that he stays physically healthy. I’m sure he would be happier living with Ann’s horses and on the Common in England where we used to live, not Houston.

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rebecca
06 de set. de 2020

Tell her "Good Horsey! Sugar free treats ARE evil!" Beautiful and smart creatures. Mine is 18 lb feline Sweetie who is on my lap and won't let me up for hours and hours...

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Rhody
Rhody
05 de set. de 2020

Thank you Ann and Maddie. You have made today a much better day !


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Laurie
05 de set. de 2020

Sweet Dulcinea is my heart....as have ALL my dogs been over the years.


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