Yesterday, January 17, 2010, the temperature was 70 degrees in central-west Texas. A light breeze came from the south persisting into the early evening. Down in the uncovered stables winter grass emerged about two inches high during the day. Although winter wheat and rye give green to fields in a Texas winter, the winter grass in the stable seemed different, like a surprise gift from a friend. Lilly the alpha mare saw the grass and grazed after eating her senior grain with supplements to ease her arthritis. Forget April for the moment. January is the cruelest month.
This is the backside of Lilly’s knees and forearms and you can see her osteoarthritis. She is twenty-five-years old. Her date of birth is January 20, 1985. Her full name is Ima Lil Moore and she is the companion and foal sitter to Shiney. Despite her age, when it snows Lilly prances.
Shiney is a six-months-old colt. He is a male, all-boy and quite different from a filly. Lilly, his sitter and companion, will turn her backside to him and threaten a kick if he acts rambunctious towards her. Oddly enough, pairing the oldest horse in the remuda with the youngest, Lilly and Shiney, has kept her young and made him old.