Sunday, March 20, 2011

Happy Birthday to Cody!!

Today is Cody the QH gelding's 8th birthday - 8 which on its side is infinity and that is how much sweetness Cody brings to us here on November Hill. He is our resident teddy bear, aka Coden Locomoden, Cocoa Puff, and every now and then by his registered name, Riskless Asset.

Today he had a small celebration with granny smith apples and for about one minute, the entire herd acknowledged his sweet personality by lining up nicely along the back arena fence while I took turns handing them apple chunks and singing happy birthday.

Then Keil Bay's personality returned to normal and he decided to freight train along the fence line, clear everyone away, and go back to being the leader of the herd. I took a break from handing out party treats to reconfigure dressage markers, and he led the crew around to the paddock - except for Cody, who was smart enough to know that I had saved him two big chunks, which he came and took at his leisure over the fence.

My daughter and I were away most of the day on a Pony Club expedition. She rode another big, bay, freight train named JJ who loves hunting foxes first flight and really wasn't that thrilled with doing just another Pony Club jumping lesson. But by the last half he settled in nicely and they had some good rounds.

Here's to good horses, all. We love you, Cody! You bring patience to our herd.

10 comments:

Kate said...

Happy birthday, Cody - every herd needs one like you!

Grey Horse Matters said...

Cody is a sweet guy. Happy Birthday and many more to come.

Your day sounds wonderful.

Matthew said...

I gave him a birthday hug although I think I enjoyed it more than he did. He is such a gentle horse.

Calm, Forward, Straight said...

Happy birthday to Cody - super sweet guy! :)

Máire said...

Happy birthday Cody, you do sound very sweet - and you have some great nicknames.

billie said...

Thanks, Kate. He's a definite sweetheart.

billie said...

Arlene, I do have fun taking daughter to these things and watching. Sometimes I wish I was riding too, but mostly I really enjoy seeing all the girls having fun. (this is a truly good pony club group - our previous one was not so focused on the girls and their mounts)

billie said...

Matthew, he is. Although I see him now and then asserting himself with the herd this year. He is absolutely in contrast to the Hanoverian chorus, the donkey duo, and the painted pony who is in a category all to himself!!

billie said...

Thank you, C. He has been a such a great member of our equine family.

billie said...

Maire, they all have half a dozen names - it's a wonder I manage to keep any of them straight. I do odd things like call Kyra Corgi Salina and Salina Kyra - they are both such strong female spirits.