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Date:7/12/2014 5:54:02 AM
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Hello, Hello, Donna-Lee...
Sorry to have been 'amiss'. I have had so many projects -- public television, the Virginia Shakespeare Festival (all PR stuff), attending performances, and barn work in heat and humidity. When I get home, it's all I can do to take a shower, have a light supper and crash on the bed about 9 p.m. I felt better today when I realized that my young trainer (24 years of age) has been doing the same, basically.

Tonight I cleaned eight stalls to give her a break, did the troughs (We have 12 horses there currently) cleaned the tack room, took saddle pads and girths home to wash. It has been in the 90s for the past few weeks and the flies are horrible, but tonight there is a breeze and it's in the high 70s, so the horses are more comfortable. I'll write more tomorrow -- worn out to a frazzle. Yes, that is Jack's previous owner, Lt. Colonel Elizabeth Genest (U.S. Army), during her visit.

I am SO relieved to hear that Sterli is doing better. She's a tough little lady and responds to love, as Jack does. I think the thoroughbreds really need a lot of love and attention. While I was working in the barn tonight, the horses were turned out to the pasture. Jack is in a pasture just outside the barn, presently, and he knew I was working inside and stayed by the gate, grazing. When I went out he put his head over the gate (Do you have any Peppermints, Mum?) I always give him a few mints before I leave. He had a lovely bath, a groom and plenty of carrots and slice apple.
I went out before I left to hug him and tell him I love him. Strider came over too (The Hanoverian). I must add his photos to the group. He's a handsome gent.

Bless Sterli and bless you for all your excellent care and love. Our horses are very fortunate to be loved so much and I imagine they know it.

Jack's bites and cuts are healing (I couldn't ride him last week) so he should be OK to ride mid-week. In this heat, I only walk him and do a light jog, for about 20-25 minutes max.

Love to you -- back tomorrow.

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