Sunday, March 15, 2009

Mister Big and Me (Our pre-spring ride)

We heard spring scratchin around the hills yesterday and decided to take a ride. This was the first time all winter that old "Mister Big" has been under saddle. We had a good ride over local countryside but it was obvious that "big" had done a little back sliding since we did this last fall.

I am including a couple of photos from the ride. (It is a little difficult to photograph while the horse is moving)

One photo shows a neighbor farm (he is gone for the winter) It is an interesting old place because it was one of the first farms in this county (Maries County). The original owner had slaves back in the early 1800's. The original part of this barn (which you can't see) was built by slaves. It is made of massive logs that are pegged together. Many of the slaves are buried in unmarked graves up on the hill from the house.

We rode on. Saw deer and other wildlife and saw no one one a bout a 5 mile ride. One little fellow was this possum that seemed to think he was watching a parade and just looked at us wide-eyed.

Yesterday we heard spring stomping on the other side of the hill, wanting to get underway. It will happen soon. Then, she will sweep down the hill toward us, "babbling and strewing flowers."


  1. Dad, this is a great idea. I'm glad you are doing this. I would love to be out riding the countryside with you.

  2. Kinda makes me miss MO. I am sitting here listening to traffic and a helicopter flying circles overhead likely looking for some rascal. Yep, think I might rather be looking at a hawk doing circles and looking for a groundhog! Likely spring is everywhere, just better in some places.
    Jean Wood


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