“Become dust - & they will throw thee in the air; Become stone - & they will throw thee on glass." Muhammad Iqbal *Beyond the bushes, boiling with dust, is 4Shoes West boundary road.

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

A Horsey Halloween

By carving into the pumpkin flesh to differing depths, the artist was able to achieve the intricate shadings that reveal this pretty paint pony.  
Andy Gertler does A-MAZING pumpkin creations! I'm only featuring horse-related pumpkins today, but do click on the Knights' horse to view more breath-taking work (particularly the baby elephant & the rabbit chef) by this Master Carver.
A Halloween masterpiece that entwines a gorgeous rearing horse backlit inside a rope of classic celtic knotting, by Amelia Parker.

Of course, no Halloween would be complete without a version of The Headless Horseman!
I couldn't resist this plow horse driven by his hardworking farmer, all very cleverly made up of pumpkins & gourds.

Finally, from The Trail of Painted Ponies, this beautiful Halloween pony is a featured holiday e-card! Just click on the Painted Pony to send a greeting to someone that You love. 
Sneaking in just this one creepy image in the spirit of All Hallows Eve.
Wishing you a Happy & Safe Halloween from the 4Shoes!

 Photo credit: Vecteezy.com

Saturday, 28 October 2017

Sunday Bunny Bomb

Full disclosure: My rabbits do few of these tricks... 
Okay, actually none of these tricks. 
Unless being adorable counts as a trick? 
No? You're super sure about that?
Okay, then no tricks at all. 
Floki, you are such a Slacker, dude.
How do you sleep at night? 

Thursday, 26 October 2017

Blizzard Action

Good Morning!
What? Blizzard, you say? 

Dear Autumn, Please come back!

"We demand breakfast & LOTS of it!! While you're about it, how about a fresh load of straw in our shelter, & a load for the pigs too, on us!"
Cheery cows for such a nasty morn, & bossy too... Now you know from where that saying comes. 

The pigs were quite lively, rooting in the snow waiting for chow. I made it with hot water, like piggie porridge, & they slurped it right up. I threw a whole bale of straw into their palace in 3 big chunks; the oinkers will have fun fluffing it up & making a sweet nest for themselves. 

Padre & his mares are not impressed. 
All of them perked up when I dumped huge flakes of hay into their feeders however. 
"Mmmmm, a meal served right up to us! No pawing through the snow to find it; Mom, we love you.
But could you possibly bring Autumn back?" 
I wish, My Dear Ponehs, believe you me.

Monday, 23 October 2017

Zero Fucks

Lately, our family has been facing some real challenges. But, knowing that we will face them again once the saddle is put away, the bridle hung up, & the horses turned out, at this very moment... I give zero fucks for any of it.
When my boots are in the irons, all the rest falls away.
I hear only the squeak of leather, the rustle of dogs in the brush, & the soughing of wind in the trees.
I smell the scents of Autumn... those final, small desperate blooms & half-eaten wrinkled berries.
I feel the warmth & comfort of my heart horse, Padre...
& the rhythm of his hoof beats soothes me.
I see our small piece of the world between his ears, & I am humbled to tears.
THIS is how my Soul is recharged.

Right now, I don't give a rats' patootie for all but just these moments.
The only question: Is the sunset more gloriously framed on Padres' right, or on his left?

Friday, 20 October 2017

All Hell Breaks Loose

A serious breach in porcine security over the past weekend @ the 4Shoes resulted in much frantic oinking about & a state of general confusion in the barnyard. However, we are assured, at no time was there ever any real danger to the public.
Mr Shoes, Warden of the 4Shoes for over a decade, was away from the farm making fat stacks at the time of the troubling incident.
Mrs Shoes, 4Shoes' Assistant Warden, was quoted as saying,
"Gawdammit!". When pressed for further details, she squawked, "No comment!"while shaking a pail of feed in an attempt to lure the escapee into a confined area 
The prisoner, one Michael Scofield (aka 'Spot'), was surprised by the 4Shoes A.W. out of bounds just before dusk yesterday; a general alarm was sounded before the scoundrel was able to get away from the barnyard area & into the thickness of the forest less than a quarter of a mile distant. Sources speculate that Scofield was apprehended while attempting to free his brother, Lincoln Burrows, who is also serving a life sentence at the 4Shoes facility.
Though shamed family members declined to comment, their close friend, Y19, said, "It's  complete & total bullshit; Michael & Linc are unjustly incarcerated simply because they are delicious!" 
It remains unclear whether the brothers were heading to market for roast beef (supporting rumours that Y19 is a dumb cow)... but thanks to the vigilance of the 4Shoes A.W., that little piggie went 'weee-weee-weee' all the way home

Monday, 16 October 2017

Break In!

Assistant Warden of the 4Shoes high security facility, Mrs Shoes, was making her usual rounds when she found evidence of a break in. Further investigation turned up a discarded bandit mask, which eventually pointed to the actual burglar, in a head-to-toe beef suit, hiding in plain sight amongst the other inmates lined up for chow.

When questioned, the offender appeared relaxed but would give no indication of why she would break IN. Sources speculate that Y19 may simply have wanted some sweet, sweet Carver love...

"I really don't know how I ended up in here; I come from a good family. I think I want my lawyer."

Phone lines lit up as the search for answers began. Finally, the grizzled Warden Bob of the females only facility nearby confirmed up that Y19 had indeed escaped from his custody. Warden Bob has publicly apologized for the lapse in security, saying, "Because I am in charge overall, I take personal responsibility for everything that happens at my facility." 

"I don't know how the hell this happened, or WHY?" said Warden Bob. "We treat these ladies real good & there's no reason for them to want to escape. There are 3 separate fences between us & the 4Shoes. Rest assured, repairs are already underway, & updating every aspect of institution security is my #1 priority." Warden Bob offered this further promise, "This will never happen again."  

However, sources tell us that an entire block of female prisoners, some with youngsters at side, had last summer been inside the 4Shoes outermost perimeter fence,  loitering on the lawns leading to the visitors parking lot. The ladies had been on a forced march to new lodgings when they suddenly veered off course through a gate leading up a tree-lined, grassy drive. A.W. Shoes confirmed that she did report the incident to the office of Warden Bob but had no further comment. 
While trying to get an interview with Warden Bob, we were told simply that he was unavailable at that time. Questions about where the officer escorts were at the time that the group of their charges wandered through the gates of the 4Shoes were met with stony silence.  

Y19 is currently being housed at the females only facility on the next quarter. Accused of jumping over the moon, Y19 is awaiting a retrial due to a poisoned jury pool. Y19's accomplices includea fiddle playing cat who is serving a short sentence in the local remand, as well as a dish & a spoon who fled the scene & remain at large, but are wanted only for questioning. A laughing dog was also detained at the scene, but was later released after authorities determined that he had just been in the wrong place at the wrong time (jocularity not being a crime).

A.W., Mrs Shoes, promptly saddled up her cowhorse & tidily herded the young lady off of 4Shoes property & back into her own prison exercise yard while Warden Bob drove an enormous tractor, shouted, & waved his arms, doing a very poor imitation of a cowboy but, no matter, Mrs Shoes' cowpony is an expert recovery agent and needed no outside help. 

Y19 has previously been convicted of good conformation, a nice face to look at, & a lovely udder; she & her yardmates will soon be moved to a satellite location of the female facility where they will serve their sentences as replacement heifers. 
Though our sources could not confirm how long Y19 will be imprisoned, this 4Shoes break in will surely add extra time to her sentence.    

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Haters Wanted

I've got people who lean hard on me, & I'm strong enough to take the weight, but for the love of God, don't ask me to guess what you need or what you want right now. 
Where are all my damn Haters?
 I'm sure I used to be more universally unlikeable.

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

I Swear

I swear by all that is holy, 
if even one, single person tells me to

I will completely lose my shit.
Fucking. Lose. It.

Not even kidding today.