Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Jingling All The Way


 Auntie Reg gifted me a set of antique sleigh bells for Christmas.  They'd been her father's.  As we still had some snow left on the 26th and the temperatures had warmed up a bit, I decided to see if there was any chance Frankie would at least let me set them on him for a photo opportunity.  

I haven't worked Frankie since probably Thanksgiving.  I honestly don't remember.  It's all just been a blur lately.  Pulling a young horse out of the field on a cold winter day and expecting them to go straight back to work like nothing's changed is unrealistic.  Pulling a young horse out of the field on a cold winter day...and adding sleigh bells to the equation...is pretty stupid.

Still, it was Frankie.  And what he might lack in giddy up, he more than makes up for with his quiet, unflappable temperament.  I know these two horses pretty well.  If you need to "go to town for the doctor" you would definitely want to take Lancelot.  If you want to do something stupid...you pick Frankie.

Just to be safe I laid the bells across his back while I brushed him.  I shook them around a bit.  I harnessed him and took him out and ground drove him.  I even ran along behind him trotting for a few steps because frequently it's the higher speeds that equal more noise that get you in trouble.  He never backed an ear and we hooked him to his "sleigh".

My neighbor had come over to help and snapped some pictures and video for me and then I tried to drive with one hand and video from cart and those two videos are both equally horrible...and wonderful treasures. This drive ranks near the top on my life list of memorable drives.  Not only because the super long strand of  bells sounded amazing as we jogged around in the snow, but also because Frankie was a super star.  

It's not as though I was surprised that he was so good, because I wasn't.  I was pretty darn sure he would be that good or I'd have not been "that" stupid.  I was proud of him because he was asked to do something special and I believe he understood that.  And he was very successful...and he knew that, too.  That matters.

If you'd like to ride along...

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12 comments:

Marcy said...

Loved these videos! What a special gift from Auntie Reg.

sophy0075 said...

We all have a skill. Well done, Frankie!

Vandermolen said...

Thanks for letting me take a spin with you on you lovely Christmas ride.

Michelle said...

Frankie is perfectly named! What a gift -- both the bells AND the horse.

Dos Galgos said...

Well Done both of you! I just love jingle bells

Cappy said...

Love this!!! All of it! Hope you get enough snow for a sleigh!

Linda said...

Frankie IS a Rock Star!! He follows voice commands! I had no idea, smart boy!

Grey Horse Matters said...

Love the videos. And how great is it to have antique sleigh bells! Frankie is a rock star. Everybody should have at least one Frankie in their barn! Love him.

LannieK said...

That's so cool! Thanks for the ride ~
Frankie did awesome!

Terry and Linda said...

That was ever so much fun!

Deb said...

I've never been on a sleigh ride before. Thank you!

Deb

Far Side of Fifty said...

I loved that video,,,the sounds of the bells and you giggling:)

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