Sunday, April 24, 2011

two very special birthdays

This week and today, Keil Bay turned 22 and Apache Moon, aka The Little Man, turns 11. Magical numbers, magical equines!

Keil Bay is a handsome, regal, expressive, talented Hanoverian who makes me happy every single day. I've had 7 wonderful years with him. My only regret about the Big Bay is that I didn't know him from the day he was born! Sometimes I daydream about what he looked like as a foal, and as a young horse growing up. Happy birthday Big Bay - today you will get a lunch tub just like Salina does (ODTB cubes,  though, but with a sprinkling of oats).

Our birthday boy of the day is Apache Moon. Apache came to live with us when he was 4 years old and my daughter was 7. At 11 and nearly 14, they are still a wonderful team. With the pony, we have an amazing book of photos that his breeder gave us, showing him from birth all the way up to when he came to us. We leased his mother, Black-Eyed Sioux, for about six months, and got to know one of his brothers. He's a very special pony, who has done many special things with my daughter.

To see some of the firsts they shared, GO HERE.

Happy birthday, Little Man!!  You get a lunch tub too!

 

17 comments:

Grey Horse Matters said...

A wish for very Happy Birthday's to some very special equines. Love the pictures of your daughter and her little man. I'm sure they will have a wonderful day.

Calm, Forward, Straight said...

Happy birthdays to the boys - big and little! :)

billie said...

Arlene, we are slated to hit the 90s here today (I refrain from saying the s-word) so they are in with fans, hay, and some birthday treats.

billie said...

Thank you, C - they are quite a pair. :)

Matthew said...

We all love you, little man!

Matthew said...

Happy Birthday Keil. Always the king!

Kate said...

Best happy birthday wishes to both boys!

Michelle said...

Happy birthday to both of those handsome boys (and to your daughter, since I'll forget by then!!) Hope you had a great weekend.

Victoria Cummings said...

Keil Bay is doing great for 22 - no one would ever guess his age! Hope both boys have many more happy birthdays together with you.

billie said...

Matthew, the little man and the king both thank you. :)

billie said...

Kate, thanks - they had quite the celebration!

billie said...

Michelle, she will be doing an all day eventing workshop on her birthday, so she will be happy as can be. If she will allow it, I will take some photos, but she generally doesn't like being photographed when she rides. (or at all, actually!)

billie said...

Thank you, Victoria. It's true about Keil Bay. He has a few white hairs on his face that you can see up close, and a couple of silver strands in his tail, but in many ways he seems ageless.

jme said...

happy belated birthdays to your special guys! :-)

billie said...

Thanks, j - they are happy and opinionated - a lot of fun all around. :)

ponymaid said...

billie, here I am late to the party because of typist difficulties but I send my belated very best to the two distinguished birthday gentlemen.

billie said...

Sheaffer, thank you - I had some news about YOUR party today and I am afraid to even mention it - but hope you are bearing up with the news.