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Date:4/20/2014 10:13:17 PM
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Good Morning Cheryl and Cisco
Cheryl,
A quick hello before I get ready to leave. We are holding a memorial service for Angel Brandy (the 28-year-old Tennessee Walker mare who died on November 20 of Heart Failure; i.e., she had to be euthanized after she collapsed). It was a sad and difficult month, and then we Had Jack's bacterial infection and lameness. Ginger (Brandy's owner)returned on December 4. Today, it is sunny, calm and about 52F, so a lovely day for the memorial. Brandy is buried on the farm at Equest, and we will have tea and coffee, and some cake, and give Ginger some cards, framed images of Brandy taken two years ago, and a poem. I am not sure, at this point, if Ginger will buy or adopt another horse, but certainly, it's too early to say. For now, all our thoughts are with Brandy.

I arrived yesterday in rain and cold, brought Jack in from the pasture (it was late afternoon and the rains were getting heavier), dried him off and groomed him, picked out the feet and found him in very good spirits -- playful and happy to see me (well, to get his carrots and apples, and attention, anyway!); whatever makes them happy. I then put him in his warmer stall, and he munched merrily on his alfalfa/hay mix. Jack hates rain, as a thoroughbred, his skin is so sensitive, he doesn't much like getting wet, and he dislikes the sound of the rain on the roof of the barn -- it always makes him jumpy. The sun today should cheer him up -- we have a clear blue sky, no breezes, and it's warm (compared to our recent weather) at 52F.

The pastures and paddocks are mud baths, following two weeks of on and off rain, some light some heavy.

The arena is flooded and it will take some days without rain to alter that situation. At least, I can take him out to graze in the greener areas to day (what's left of the green grasses and clover).

I have editorial and feature deadlines today, and still some Christmas shopping to do so must be off. We are going to look at an Andalusian stud farm next week, when our friend Elizabeth comes down for Christmas. Elizabeth is interested in purchasing an Andalusian for dressage.

Hope all is well on your farm/ranch. Blessings to Peek.
Love to you and Cisco. (Terrific image)

Love, Nuala
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