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Sunday, May 20, 2012

Sunday Social - Pippin

Next one down on my siggy line...

Wife of Fred for 23 years
Mom of:
Patrick (17)
James (17)
Rosie (14)
Julie (14)
Daniel (12)
My children around the world:
Milly in Taiwan
Eun Hae in South Korea
Felice in Hong Kong
Nadya in Germany
Obrin in New York
And our critters Blue, Sunny, Cindy-Lou, Annabelle, Fiona, and Sophie; Mamfy, Mali, Milky and Punkin; Nick; Frog 1; Charlie and Dizzy; Minnie and Alice; Elfie, Frex, Crope, Tibbett and Ozzy; Genevieve, Pippin and Finnegan; and a dozen or so chooks.

I'd like to ask God why He allows
hunger, poverty, and injustice
in the world,but I'd be afraid
He'd ask me the same thing ...

Is Pippin.

Isn't he the cutest thing ever?

Ok, I know he's not really cute, in the definitive sense.

He's got a Roman nose. His blaze is all crooked and broken and splotchy. He's high in the hindquarters. Where he used to be a glistening black with white socks and blaze, he's now turning grey. And not in a dignified, elegant, salt and pepper way, but in a what's-going-on-with-his-coat way. He looks awful. I'm sure he's headin' for all grey, like his Mama, but for now he is...not very attractive.

But he's still cute. Cute b/c of his personality
his equinality????
He's sweet and funny and much more like most dogs I've known than most horses I've known.

He's a "pocket pony", meaning he'll follow you around the pasture if you're out making fence repairs or what-not.

He came as a package deal when we bought Genevieve back about 2 1/2 years ago. He was about 6 mths old at the time, and just as friendly back then as he is now. Gen is his Mama, and a strikingly handsome Gypsy Cob (aka Gypsy Vanner) is his Papa, so that makes Pip 1/2 Gypsy, 1/4 Percheron and 1/4 Welsh. He's pony-sized, standing, I'm guessing, at about 14 hh, or maybe 13.5 (just eye-ballin').

He's Daniel's pony, and in theory, he's been training him.

In actuality, we haven't gotten out there to work with him a whole heck of a lot, as one thing or another always seems more pressing than pony-training time. Still, he's doing well, and I think he's only a couple lessons away from being able to be ridden whenever the kids feel like jumpin' aboard. As you would probably expect from what I've already said about him, he's been incredibly easy to train. Wonderful ground manners, and took to a saddle and rider like a fly takes to poo.

Just like his Mama, this one's a keeper.

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  1. He is cute! He reminds me of our horse Rio. He is now a flea bitten grey with a Roman nose and front legs too close together... but under saddle he moves like a little Lipizzaner. On the ground he has the best personality ever and kisses on cue.

  2. Rio sounds awesome, Alea! I hope Pippin will be just as amzing as he is once he's fully trained...

  3. Finally got to your blog for a visit... thanks for visiting mine! What a sweet looking horse, love the photo!



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