Thursday, December 20, 2012

sally, the christmas horse......



magic and joy are sometimes not that hard to find. they are everywhere,  you must only be prepared to look in unexpected places. sometimes your blessings are so tightly wrapped in packages that they do not look like gifts at all. but when you open your heart and unwrap them, joy will just come pouring out.  i know i sound like boris karloff in "the grinch" but tis the season for such fancies.

sally, the horse, came to our farm one winter's eve about 2 weeks before christmas. she was by breed, a paint with red and brown patches - a stout little horse, almost a pony.  she was in fact the type of pony you may have seen many years ago, walking across the plains, pulling a travois and carrying a sioux mother and her tiny papoose.

in the farm house resides a girl. a little girl barely into her teens who is suspended somewhere between dolls and perfume. a little girl for whom christmas is starting to lose it's magic. a little girl who despite her tender years has already trained and broken two fillies. her calm, tender, no-nonsense manner is admired among the neighbours.  "she should be a vet," they say. but she has other romantic notions of someday attending university in england and marrying an irish folk singer. perhaps this will, one day come to be and the newlyweds will ride their ponies over endless green hills. but that is another story.......

this story is about sally and it started on the morning the diligent farmer came in after chores and announced the news.  now,  there is nothing in the world  that will interrupt home schooling quicker than to announce a horse has wandered onto the farm overnight. a streak of blond hair bolts from her seat at the kitchen table,  she pulls her boots on and rushes out. a while later that same blond head comes back in -  talking to me as soon as she opens the door. her cheeks red from the cold but her face expresses pure delight. "mom, mom she has one brown eye and one blue eye". "mom, she so wild and she whinnies so loud." "mom, she a pretty little thing" "what should we call her?" " i was thinking something for winter, like snow or tinsel but i think her name her name is sally." "well,  sally she is then," said the mother. "now come and finish your work. "mom do you think she's halter broke?"  "mom, who do you think she belongs to?" " mom can we keep her?"

sally settled into life on this new farm. she met her sisters tessie and abby and her brothers henry and old skipper. she met her donkey cousins biscuit, poppy and the cranky nancy.  she made friends with the big hound dog, birdie.  after a couple of days sally's owner was located and it was discovered that sally had already been sold and was heading for  market. she would end up being french cuisine or dog food or even the mystery meat in your stir fry.  the diligent farmer offered to buy sally but the owner said he was committed to the other sale. it was arranged that sally would be picked up in a few days when the owner had time to get her.

the diligent farmer tried to soften this news for the little gril by saying the horse was just a range animal. probably too wild to do anything with. everyone knew that horses like sally are sold for their meat but nobody wanted to talk about it.

the next few days came and went.   everyday, as the little girl fed and watered sally, she crooned her secret horse talk. sally stayed a safe distance away but her ears perked forward as she listened to the words of a love song only a little girl can sing.

in the end it was sally herself and mother nature, with perhaps a little help from father christmas that decided the pony's future. the day for sally's departure broke cold and the snow swirled thickly on the  north wind. the owner arrived to retive his wayward filly. sally kicked up her hind legs and began galloping in circles that made herding her in the snow and wind nearly impossible. after about 15 minutes of chasing the dodgy girl, the owner sighed and turned to the diligent farmer. the diligent farmer smiled and asked if perhaps he had changed his mind about the little horse's future. "yes", the owner said." i'm too old and tired to chase a little horse through the snow." so it turned out that a surprising small amount of money secured the christmas wish of a little girl and a pony.

the diligent farmer got to play hero that afternoon. on the way to her piano recital he turned to his baby girl and said "i guess we should feed sally a bale when we get home." the little girl asked, "why are we giving her a bale, isn't the owner coming back tomorrow to try and load her" "well," said the farmer, "i'm asking the "owner" if we should feed her horse."

sally has brought some magic to the farm this christmas. she is someone to be fussed over. a jaunty new halter was bought with the little girl's babysitting money to adorn sally on christmas day and a special bag of sweet oats for her and her stablemates to enjoy. this is another chance for the girl suspended between a child and a women to enjoy the delight of an unexpected surprise. it does a mother's heart good to hear here the constant chatter throughout the house - snatches of conversation about horses, making cookies, her older sister coming home......  for one more year we see get to feel christmas through the heart of a child. the care this family will give sally seems tiny in comparison to love and good cheer she has already given us.

today, with only 5 days until christmas i look out the window and see a mittened hand rubbing the forehead of a wild pony. i watch the pony follow the little girl as she goes for water and i know that sally is wishing that the mittened hand will reach out again soon. i see what love can do in such a short time. i am glad sally found her way to us this holiday season.

95 comments:

  1. What a beautiful story, Bev! You had me in tears! I always love hearing about the animals on your farm. Thank you for sharing this story that gives me so much hope and faith and reminds me of all of the blessings to be found in this season and throughout the year. xx

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    1. dear baby kate, thank you for your lovely words. there are so many blessings all around us. sally is settling in nicely. she whinnies when she sees amy - it's pretty cute
      merry christmas to you and carter xx

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  2. Thank you for coming by Bev, can't wait to read more, why do I have to be all emotional lol but truly is a wonderful story!
    Erica

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    1. dear erica, thank you so much visiting and enjoying the story.

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  3. What a lovely, lovely story! There's nothing like a horse for a young lady to love, or an older lady either! ;)

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    1. hi candy. well our amy loves her horses. thank you for taking the time to read and comment.
      merry christmas to you and yours

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  4. What a beautiful story, I had tears in my eyes by end of your post, it sounds like Sally and your daughter were definitely meant to be together. Have a wonderful Christmas.

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    1. hi rebecca. yes, i think they are. it was such an unexpected bit of joy this close to christmas. thank you for visiting and commenting. merry christams to you and your loved ones

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  5. This story brought back a lot of memories. Several years back, I had some ponies on a small ranch in Florida.. I got a call that their were a bunch of ponies going to become dog food because the old man who owned the land they were on died. They were in Georgia. These ponies were wild, wild, wild. Never touched by people. I gathered friends and horse trailers up, and headed to Georiga to see if I could find these ponies. Once found, I was told I could have any I wanted but I had to catch them. Thats another story in itself. I kept as many as I thought could make it. Some of them were in such horrible shape, I just wanted to help them out of their misery. It was so sad. Anyway, I ended up with 19 ponies that I took back to Florida. The vet said he didnt think they would ever be good for anything. But in time, some were rode, others I worked at HEB stores and Wal-mart, and the others were just beautiful to watch. Sorry so long. But loved your story.

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    1. dear lenetta, that was quite a journey and commitment you took on. i admire you dedication. horses are lovely creatures. my daughter works with her horses so much. thanks for leaving such a great comment - it was very interesting to read. merry christmas to you and your loved ones

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  6. That's sweet.

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    1. dear joyce, you're sweet! thanks for visiting.

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  7. Ah, the "tween" years. Cherish them. In the blink of an eye your little girl will be all grown up. I've heard that girls who love horses, however, are less influenced by boy's charms. Sally is a lucky pony.

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    1. hi sweetie. you ok. i know, this is the first year she hasn't asked for a doll for christmas. i was a bit forlorn about the whole thing but then a pony showed up and saved the day. who knew.
      merry christmas to you and the family xx

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  8. I too was that age as well being involved into horses. Bonding of horse and human are a joy. Thank you Bev for the "follow" with me in my part of Canada; looking forward to dropping in here daily too. Merry Christmas.

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    1. hi cindy, it is a joy to watch my daughter with her horses. i'm happy to see another canadian along with jenn.

      thank you for following and commenting. merry christmas

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  9. Damn it woman, you made me cry! (But in a REALLY good way!)
    This is such a beautiful tale...both about your daughter and her horse. From my heart to yours, I wish all of you and your critters the most beautiful and joyous of Holidays!

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    1. oh baby, i'm sorry your cried but tears are like gas - you don't want them building up.

      merry christmas to your family. i wish you every blessing upon this earth xxxx

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  10. This is such a gorgeous story! It has really put a smile on my face! Beautiful. x

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    1. hi harriet. thank you so much. it makes me smile too.
      thanks for dropping by.

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  11. Hi there Bev,

    You have a beautiful horse! I remember riding a horse when I was very young at my grandmother's farm in the Philippines.

    Thank you for stopping by my blog; following you back.

    Labrijoy @ Reality Strikes Mommy

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    1. dear labrijoy. (pretty name) little girls and horses just seem to go together.

      thanks for stopping by my blog and following.

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  12. Hi Bev, very well said such a very inspiring words. Left me with a teary eye, i will definitely follow you back. Thanks for stopping by and Happy Holiday as well.

    hugs,
    Leah
    http://www.travelquest-ny.com/

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    1. hi leah. i'm glad you liked it. thank you for visiting and following
      merry christmas

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  13. Beautiful horse. Thanks for your comment on my blog. Following you back.

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    1. dear ut???. thank you visiting and following back.
      merry christmas

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  14. Is this true? I hope so it is a beautiful story. I was a little blonde girl once and I had my Johnny Be Good

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    1. yes, bonnie k, this is true. sally is a this moment eating hay with her horse sisters.
      i love that you were once a little blonde girl with your horse. i think it lovely for little girls to have the chance to have a horse.

      merry christmas and thanks for visiting

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  15. Returning the love...that farm is beautiful...

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    1. dear leslie. i feel your love. merry christmas

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  16. What a wonderful and touching story thank you for sharing it with us............

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    1. my dear jo-anne, thank you for always commenting. you know i look forward to hearing from you. merry christmas my friend.

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  17. That sounds like a film script! I would have loved to be your daughter at that age. Thanks for a beautiful story that will no doubt carry on for years to come. Just found you via Cindy and I;m so pleased I did. Will put you on my blog list! Happy Christmas to you and your family.

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    1. dear em. i'm so glad you found me. thank you cindy. if this were a film i script, i would be very slender and beautiful.

      i think being raised on a farm is a pretty cool thing. my kids love it. merry christmas to you and yours. i am coming right over to your blog.

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  18. How lovely. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. dear queen mom jen, i love it when royalty comes to call. thank you and merry christmas.

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  19. How wonderful! At first I thought your story was fiction and was delighted to see in the end that it was not! I an returning your visit and will check back often!

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    1. hi sylvia. i'm glad you liked the story. my daughter certainly loves sally. thanks for commenting and happy holidays

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  20. This is wonderful! I mean about the horse AND they way you wrote about it. Merry Christmas my friend. xox

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    1. my dearest sus, happy christmas to you. maybe next year we will get to spend the holidays together. xx

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  21. This is so true and wonderful... "blessings are so tightly wrapped in packages that they do not look like gifts at all." So happy you stopped by from the aloha friday hop a few days ago!

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    1. hi jennifer, that is what i believe, that everyday offers you more blessings and funny bits than you can handle. happy holidays and thanks for visiting

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  22. You have such a beautiful way with words...melody!!!!
    Happy New Years to you.
    Laurie

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    1. hello laurie, thank you for your kind words. happy new years to you too.

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  23. Hi Bev! It's Mandy from makemeupmandy.com Thanks so much for following my blog. Im following you back now! What a beautiful story xx

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    1. hi mandy! thank you for the follow and the comment. happy holidays to you

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  24. Great story!! Thanks for stopping by my blog. I'm so glad you commented so I could find your lovely blog. :) (and follow).

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    1. dear kimberly, thank you. i'm happy you liked it. thanks for the following and commenting. happy holidays

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  25. What a wonderful well-written story!!

    Thank you so much for linking up to the Aloha Friday Blog Hop last week. I am following you back by the way. :)

    If you have time, we'd love to have you come and link up to the Aloha Friday Blog Hop if you haven't already! (Thank you so very much if you've already linked up, I truly appreciate it!!)

    Come and link up, enter the giveaway (if you haven't yet) and celebrate the coming weekend with us!

    Aloha,

    Jean {What Jean Likes}

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    1. dear jean. you have a lovely blog hop. thanks for inviting me and thats for the follow. i'll be right over. happy holidays to you and yours

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  26. What a beautiful story. Thanks for stopping by Decorate Vintage. I'm your newest follower!

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    1. thank you marium. i love your name. thanks for the comment and the follow

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  27. Lovely story. The photograph is beautiful too. I'm a new follower!

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    1. hello natosha. that's a funky name too. thank for visiting and following

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  28. New follower from the hop:) Thanks for following my blog as well!

    -Tiffany

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    1. hi tiffany, thanks for the follow. happy holidays.

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  29. YEAH!!! I'm so happy you guys got to keep Sally!!! I was like Omg...No No!! Woohoo!!

    Of course I'll follow you!! =)

    Ergo - Blog

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    1. dear chloe, we are happy about sally too. she looks lovely in her new christmas present. thanks for the follow and happy holidays

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  30. Already a follower! Thanks for visiting my blog!

    Deandra

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    1. shit, sorry deandra. happy holidays though

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  31. Great story! The horse is so beautiful. Following back from hop. Have a great week:)

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    1. dear judy, thanks for the follow and the kind words. you have yourself a great week

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  32. Great story! The horse is so beautiful. Following back from hop. Have a great week:)

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    1. judy, we have to stop meeting like this. :)

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  33. Happy New Year!I love your blog. I found you through Aloha Blog Hop. Stop by and say hi if you get a minute. :)

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    1. happy new year lenetta. my friend sus does paint by number. i think i already stopped by your blog. thanks for the follow

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  34. Wow -- what a gift you have! I found you through the Aloha Blog Hop and so glad I did!
    Your newest follower,
    Monica

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    1. hello monica. thank you for saying nice things about me and for following. happy holidays.

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  35. such a lovely lovely story. I am most definitely a new follower!

    much love,
    Laila
    sparklinggossamer.blogspot.com

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    1. that is a very pretty name you have. thank you for commenting and visiting.

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  36. What a wonderful, and original blog! Absolutely lovely stories! You are extremely talented!

    Thanks for stopping by www.theactivemum.com

    Its my pleasure to follow you back!

    Aanika xo

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    1. hi, once a lady named aanika yelled at me over the phone but you are saying such nice things. thank you and thank you for following and commenting.

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  37. Thanks for following Bev! Followed back :)

    Summer x

    http://ohsummercandy.blogspot.com

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    1. thank you summer for the follow and your warm temperatures.

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  38. Wow. This story is so beautiful. Thank you for writing it. Your an amazing writer. Love that picture, too. Following you from the blog hop. :)

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    1. oh hello. you are the mosbys. you two are so cute. i glad you liked the story. stay safe over there and thank you for following and saying nice things

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  39. Thanks for stopping by my blog and following me! Happy Saturday!

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    1. you have a very cool name. thank you for following and happy saturday right back at ya

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  40. So awesome! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! Returned the follower <3!

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    1. dear samantha. thank you for stopping by and following

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  41. Thanks for stopping by The Real McCoy(s) I'm your newest follower :)

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    1. hi melissa, thank for visiting and following.

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  42. What a beautiful story, Bev. And that it's true is the best part. Thank you so much for sharing this. I'm all teary-eyed now -- in a very good way.

    Happiest of New Year's to you and all who are blessed to live on your wonderful farm.

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    1. thank you so much for visiting and commenting jane. it means a great deal - i'm a big fan of yours. happy new year to you.

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  43. Thanks for stopping by our blog! Lover your pictures! Happy New Year! http://www.provocativemanners.blogspot.com

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    1. dear miss manners, thank you for stopping by and commenting. happy new year

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  44. So very happy you stopped by and commented on my blog. Your story was so wonderful to read and it not only brought tears to my eyes, it brought a huge smile to my face! I will be reading your previous posts and following your future ones! Happy New Year!

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    1. thank you sara, i'm glad you came to call. thank you for saying nice things and commenting. happy new year

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  45. Such a beautiful and heartwarming story! And a lovely picture to accompany the post. Thank you so much for sharing this. I loved it!

    Thanks for stopping by Theresa's Mixed Nuts. I am happy to be your newest follower!

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    1. hi theresa, thank you so much. i appreciate your kind words and the follow. happy new year

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  46. What a beautifully written and heart warming story! There is Christmas magic after all!

    Thanks for stopping by My Traveling Troop. I'll definitely sign up to follow your blog. Happy New Year & Happy Trails!

    Cheers,
    Kristina

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  47. Wow, your photography and stories are beautiful. Thanks for following from the hop, I'm following back. cheermamadrama:)

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  48. For the past 56 years I have had dreams of finding a Christmas Pony in my yard (and never do) I just loved this story. Girls and horses go together like bisquits and gravy.

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  49. Love your pic's and stories... Super cute
    Coocoo4coco.blogspot.com

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