Monday, June 24, 2013

All the boys in action

Lucy and I went on a search and rescue mission Saturday morning, looking for George's latest missing fly mask. 
Our plan was to zig-zag across every acre of the ranch, looking in, under and around every tree. 
It had to be out there somewhere. 

We were about a half hour into our mission when George and Alan spotted us and decided to help.
Hank had his nose to the ground and didn't realize his little herd had deserted him. 
And that's where today's video begins. 



Someone asked recently if I ride Hank. Not anymore – I retired him about four years ago because of his arthritis. You can 
see in the video that his right front leg barely bends at the knee. Clearly it doesn't slow him down or interfere with his pirouettes! 
And in case you were wondering, that is Hank's sweet voice you hear in the first few seconds of the video.

21 comments:

  1. I vote for buckles. Good ol' leather straps and metal keepers. You can get replacements at saddle stores. I took the buckle and the elastic for english riding girths and made a "girth" for my saddle that sits on my daughter's Butterscotch Fur Real pony. It fits snugly and is more horse/donkey resistant than the average elastic. Th leather billet straps would have to be sewn by a saddle repair person.

    Unless you like the adventure of looking for the fly masks! :)

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  2. Love the Music :) :) (small confession: I hum it in the shower)

    Great action shots of the boys. Was George guilty of removing Allan's flymask in previous seasons? He could have been the instigator and Allan is just giving him a bit of payback.

    I gather that neither of them attempt to remove Hank's or Lucy's masks.

    M in NC

    ps: thanks for turning the comment feature back on (for now). Hmmm too bad we can't whack the spammers with something annoying!

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  3. Great video, Carson. It reminded me of "Hi Ho Silver away" Now we put the masks on the animals. I guess you could pass for a lone ranger out where you are.

    Best always,

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  4. Beautiful Hank! George and Allen still play like puppies.

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  5. Fabulous airs above the ground! Picture yourself up there, waving your hat as he pirouettes and gallops off into the sunset! Thanks for the replays.

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  6. Don't know how you stay on Lucie with all the antics from the rest of the herd. I'd be laughing so hard I'd fall off. And such a steady camera hand!

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  7. Yippee ki yi!!! Your herd is hilarious!

    Nancy in Iowa

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  8. Michelle from BC6/24/13, 7:59 AM

    Love the video, Hank is such a star when he wants to be!
    Is it possible to put a small piece of reflective tape or bright orange tape on the fly masks? Not sure if that would stand out enough ... just an idea?

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  9. Love the video and hearing Hank call to all of you. Hank's dancing, the boyz shenanigans were a fun way to start the week. Oma Linda

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  10. Carol in N. Colorado6/24/13, 8:26 AM

    I could watch that video all day with Handsome Hank. He was feeling his oats. Maybe fly masks need to be in bright colors to be easier to spot. Love the music.

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  11. Hank is some special guy. He radiates joy with those pirouettes.

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  12. Did Hank take Ballet? That was sure a nice spin there. Of course Watching Alan and George in their antics of the Fly Mask is down right funny and cute. Love the video!

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  13. Love watching frisky equines. It's almost like Hank knew you were making a movie, with his grand entrance and pirouette. I can see why it's hard to find the masks. As always, the music is perfect.

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  14. That was cute :) and definitely uplifted my morning

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  15. Haha! My arthritic guy is only sound at the canter. I joke that maybe I'll keep riding him, canter only. :)

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  16. I felt like I was in a Clint Eastwood movie without Clint... until I got to the twirling Hank and i was thinking HIGH HO SILVER away OR Roy and Trigger without Trigger... quite to dancer there Hank... this video made me HAPPY

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  17. This had me laughing all the way through. Fantastic video of your critters playing! Do you think there might be a conspiracy afoot to keep you from even looking for the mask?!

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  18. Thank You! I love this video!

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  19. loved the video so much I shared it on facebook too

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  20. I keep going back to this video. "Hank's sweet voice" - is right!!

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