Sunday, September 27, 2009

Remi Dressed Up

So far, the pictures you've seen of Remington have mostly been of him in the pasture or paddock at the little ranchette. I thought I would share another side of him when he's all dressed up with somewhere to go! The phrase, he cleans up nicely really comes to mind once he's had his bath, a mane and tail brushing and he gets suited up for work. He looks pretty sharp :)

I thought I would share a picture of him that was taken last fall as we prepared to go do a sweet 16 birthday party. Remington as usual, was reluctant to leave his playground, but does finally come around to the fact that he does indeed have to earn his grocery money. It is so funny to watch the horses look at each other while we go back and forth to the trailer. They know it's work time and you can almost hear them saying "it's your turn to work, I went last time", to each other.

Once we appear in the paddock with lead rope in hand, Remington usually takes a few strides to the back of the property in hopes that we will choose one of the other horses to travel in the horse RV to the job. Wrong, Remipup, it's your turn, so c'mon! And, he does. He really is a good boy.

So, after almost two hours of bathing the big guy, he's ready to load up and hit the road to work. We always take plenty of hay, because Remington needs to have his groceries to keep him occupied while he's being harnessed. Heaven forbid, he should stand there and behave without food in sight. Not Remi, that wouldn't be right!

After he's all dressed, it's time for trainer mom to guide him to the carriage and get him all hooked up and ready to roll. Here's the picture of him on his way to the front of the carriage. You can see how spiffy he looks and get another idea of just how big this boy really is. Trainer mom is 5'8" and she looks pretty darn small behind him.

So enjoy him while he's clean and dressed, because with Remi, that doesn't last long at all.

The photo was taken by our very talented photographer friend Bette Porter.

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

A Tribute To Remi's Trainer

As always, Remington has been receiving dozens of compliments on what a beautiful, magnificent and amazing horse he his. Some of that is due to his good breeding and the wonderful care he received from his first mom, but the largest majority of what this horse is today, is all due to his amazing and wonderful trainer mom, Bunny.

I am in total awe of her knowledge of horses and everything it takes to raise them, train them and drive them. I have learned quite a few things from her, but there isn't enough time in the world to ever catch up with what she knows and how she handles them.

She made sure from the very first day, that Remington was put on a good feed program, with the right supplements to help him mature into the fine horse that he is now. She recognized the fact that he needed time to grow properly before ever beginning his training. So, he romped and played for five full years before he even had harness put on him. And before she put one piece of harness on him, she had the vet x-ray his legs to make sure he was ready to go.

Her countless hours of ground driving has left her with permanent shin splints, which at times causes her a great deal of pain. But she keeps going day after day, not only with Remi, but with the other horses as well.

The first time I rode with her and Remington on the training cart, I was so in awe as to how she could sit behind this gigantic creature with so much power and calmly navigate down the road. I couldn't even see in front of us. But she would just look through his legs to keep an eye out for what was in front of her and eased him into a slow trot around the neighborhood. I quite frankly got a little nervous, so I hopped off at the house and just watched from the side of the road.

There isn't enough time or space to describe all the wonderful things she has done with the horses and especially with Remington. As congratulations keep pouring in for the record, I make sure that everyone knows, that his high stepping action, his beautiful coat, his big healthy body and his ability to remain calm around large crowds is all due to her.

So, I wanted to tip my hat to Bunny for giving me the most wonderful horse in the world. Oh, sure I bought him and I have done my share of raising him. But, his excellent training, what he is when he's in harness and the magnificent horse you have all come to know is all because of her.

Without her, Remington would be a very large horse in the barn, eating me out of house and home and although I would love him just the same, he makes me so proud when he's out on a job and for that I am forever grateful to Bunny.

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Monday, September 21, 2009

Remi Wins Title

Well loyal Remi fans, the wait is over and the news came today that Remington is indeed the new Guinness World Record holder for The World's Tallest Living Horse!

Here's the link to the news story if you'd like to go read more.

We are so thrilled and to be sure, the big boy will be getting some extra carrots today! I got out of the boot this morning so I'm going to hobble down to the barn and give him a big ole kiss on his big ole nose!

From trainer mom and myself, thanks to all of you for your support, your encouragement and for staying with us. We're not going anywhere, so don't any of you.

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Saturday, September 19, 2009

Bored Remi

We have had seven straight days of rain and because of it, Remi is not a happy camper right now. Oh sure, he's got plenty of hay to keep him busy for a while, but even that get's boring for him. And I can't say as I can blame him one bit. The other horses aren't too thrilled about all of this rain either.

Today is the first day that the sun has stayed out for a good amount of time, but the pasture is still a giant mud pit with water standing everywhere, and there's just no way we can let any of them out. We haven't been able to take them for walks either, because the rain has just been so constant. Well, I can't walk them any way right now :(

I haven't been to the barn this whole time because I'm still in the boot, and it's just to slickery to try and make it down there to see Remi. I miss him. I want to give him a big ole kiss on his big ole nose, but it's gonna have to wait for a few more days. Hopefully, the rain that's in the forecast for Monday and Tuesday will go somewhere else. Well, I can hope, can't I?

Besides being bored, Remi and the others have all sorts of new critters to bother them. I swear, this rain and weird weather has caused a whole lot of new bugs to grow out of nowhere. We have flies in 3 different sizes that are buzzing around. Some sound like huge planes buzzing around when they get in the house and are fast as the wind.

There's even a bug that looks like a fly but has a stinger on it. What the heck is that? And the fire ant mounds are invading like nobody's business, so we're going to have to keep everyone out of the back pasture for awhile until we can get rid of them. No more bad reactions to ant bites for Remi, I'll tell ya. Nuh uh, no way :)

So we'll have to wait it out and hope we get a dry spell going. Keep your fingers crossed, or we may have a horse mutiny on our hands. Uh oh, that wouldn't be fun! I can just see them clanging their hooves on their gates to get out. Let us out, let us out, let us out :)

I hope you are all still with us. I know there hasn't been much excitement with Remi stories, but I promise, there will be new fun to tell from time to time. In the meantime, let us know if you're still keeping up with the big boy. Please leave us a comment and sign your name so we know you're there :) We really do enjoy sharing Remi's adventures with you.

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Saturday, September 12, 2009

Rain and More Rain

I'm sure you all may have been wondering why there hasn't been any new posts about Remi in several days. Well, that's because he's actually been behaving for the most part, and now after several days of rain, with more to come, he and the others are stuck in their stalls being quite bored. So there really hasn't been much to report.

Somehow, Remi did manage to break his halter, but it has been temporarily fixed until I can order him a new one. Let's see where is that website that sells GIGANTIC HORSE HALTERS! I asked him how he did it, but he's not talking. It could very well be that he got the strap caught on the gate when he knocked his hay bag on the outside and decided to munch on what was in front of his stall.

Or, he could have been aggravating the new kid next door, or Princeton and got it hung on something. After all, he's bored and has to have something to keep him occupied. Maybe I should install Horse TV in their stalls so they have something to watch on these rainy days. Do you think they would? Umm, nah, I don't think so. They'd probably argue over who gets to use the remote :)

Anyway, it's pretty quiet and I still can't go to the barn to observe his antics, but maybe in the next week or so, I'll be out of this boot and I'll have more to report. There's still no word from Guinness, but as always, we remain hopeful that it will be soon.

So until next time....

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Thursday, September 3, 2009

World Record Update

Well, it's now been 10 weeks since the paperwork arrived in London and we still do not have anything new to report to everyone.

I was truly hoping that I would hear something by today, especially since it's my birthday and what a wonderful present that would be, to see official notification that Remington is the new Guinness World Record holder for the Tallest Living Horse.

I submitted 2 inquiries last week and haven't received any response, so I really don't know what is happening. There's a new record for the Largest Buffet, which Remi could eat, the Largest Moving Box, which Remi could squish, and the Largest Cup of Soda, which Remi could drink, but nothing about the Tallest Horse :( But rest assured, as soon as we hear something, I will let you all know.

In the meantime, Remington is doing well and he is still nosing around to see what he can get into next. He is still watching the new horses and looks like he wants to get in for a closer look. For now, he will have to watch from a distance until we can introduce them to him. I'm sure it will be quite a sight to see them right next to him. They'll probably look like mini's next to him :) I'll try to get some pictures of that event to share with everyone.

I took a couple of pictures of the new kids the other day and will post them shortly. Many thanks to all of you for staying with us and for your ongoing support. We appreciate it very much.

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