October 10, 2012

Ike and Duke. Because you missed them

Ike and Duke the horses have been neglected on this ol' blog lately and I couldn't help but feel a little guilty as I watched them watch me play with Jersey the dog from the nearby fence.

So, just like the guilt-filled Mother that I am, I put Jersey in the house and spent some time loving the big, black beauties.
I called them Ikey Wikey and Dukey Wukey.
They nuzzled my face.
I said "I wuv you so much".
They tried to chomp on my boots.

That is true love, people.

What I love about the two best horses on Earth.

Their perfectly fuzzy ears that tell you exactly how they are feeling.
When they are pinned back, it means they are angry.
I guess that is all that really matters.

Their fuzzy, wuzzy, untrimmed beards.
Hubby saw these pics and was horrified because they need to be trimmed.
I think it makes them look manly, don't you?

Ike's white star.
I would like 10 more horses with white stars, please and thank you.

Their dinner plate-sized hooves.
The hooves that sound like thunder as they run up and down the pasture.
The hooves that kick the bugs away.
The hooves that wear the biggest horseshoes I have ever seen.

Their "gentle giant" personalities.
When small cats feel comfortable enough to go nose to nose with a 2000 pound beast, it makes my heart happy.
I would like to make a calendar of photos like these, just because.

{craptastic photo, but you get the idea}
Actually, I enjoy their very expressive eyes, but when I see long, dark eyelashes draping them, I cant help but try to capture the perfect photo.
I failed miserably this time.

The tinge of red in their sun-kissed manes.
Most horse people would cringe at the thought of anything other than an all-black mane, but I love it.
It adds personality....
...and a bit of colour to their all black bodies.

Ok. I admit it.
I love everything about them.
Except when they chomp on my boots.

P.S.  Dont you love my new blog design??  My talented sis in law designed it without any input from me because I am design-dumb.  And I like everything she does, so I just trusted her.  Pretty smart of me.  I know.


Foursons said...

I pink puffy heart the new design.

I had no idea horses had beards. So strange!

DysFUNctional Mom said...

Love the new design - and the horsies!
Boyfriend said he'd get my baby girl a horse. I don't think he realizes when you tell an 11 year old girl you'll get her a horse she will NEVER forget! Muah hahaha!

Gentri said...

So much to love in this post! LOVE the new design! Simple and classy. :)
And your horses... They're stunning! STUNNING! As are these pictures and your whole post. :)

LAUREN said...

i am absolutely in love with your horses... are they percherons?

i'm off to
love the design!!

Buttons said...

Oh I love Ike and Duke too:) Awesome shots they would make a nice calender. B

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

I love the pic with the cat! I have one with a white star, but he doesn't have dinner plate sized hooves ;-)

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Love your horses too ~ they are so beautiful ~ and your blog design is excellent ~ fantastic photography ~ love the one with the cat ~ (A Creative Harbor) ^_^

Tamar SB said...

They are just gorgeous animals!

Anonymous said...

They're absolutely & undeniably gorgeous! My mom has 3 horses with one being all black... She's the Queen bee around the place, if ya know what I mean! LoL! She rules the roost... =)

tiarastantrums said...

we are lovers of horses in this house too! Love the beards!

Anonymous said...

I just jumped over from your sisters blog and am a new follower. Love the design, but love these horse pics even more! I love love love giant soft horse mouths. Your babies are gorgeous!


Anonymous said...

I love draft horses. Ike and Duke are two beauties!

Elaine A. said...

LOVE your new design. And now I also want pet horses... :)

Gina @ Kleinworth & Co. said...

Well aren't they just gorgeous!

Valerie said...

Just yesterday I was reading that the horse of choice for the British farmer during the war years was the Percheron, because the breed has so many admirable qualities. Looking at the pictures of your two magnificent horses, I can see why! They are so handsome!

Stopping by from the Rural Thursday blog link up:)

Our Neck of the Woods said...

Great photos! My favorite is the one with the cat. So sweet :)

Lmkazmierczak said...

What a great sequence of shots! Happy 10-11-12♫♪

Emily said...

For a non-horse-liker these are good shots. I am obviously attracted to the cat picture. Do the cats hang with the horses often?

p.s. I hope you're settling into your design

alissa apel said...

I love them to! You really captured their fine qualities.


Brooke said...

Emily has some mad skills! :)

Um the cat and horse photo seriously, melt my heart!

Jenners said...

They are truly gorgeous and impressive animals. I love the hoof photo best I think!

amanda said...

Beautiful horses!
I love percherons & draft horses, they've always amazed me.
While we do not have any, both of my sisters have 4 horses each.. I love to photograph them! I'm with you on the eyelash thing.

Nancy Claeys said...

Your photos are full of love -- they are such gorgeous boys and you are so fortunate to have them.

Love your new blog format. Kudos to your sister-in-law!