There was a poetry competition on a website yesterday, and it said you had to mention “Absorbine” and “Show Sheen” in the poem. If you won, you’d get an Absorbine product. I don’t know if I won, but I re-worked an old poem to make it fit. Martina will recognize this one. 🙂
I got a ribbon from the last horse show
I didn’t expect it. Why? I don’t know.
I arrived at the stable the day of the show
Prepared to brush her out, and to make her glow
She didn’t come forward when I walked to her stall
My pony, dearest pony was not there at all.
With a sinking dread I walked into the yard,
Praying she was there, my heart beating hard.
I called for my pony, the dirty pasture grim,
Expecting the best, but my hopes grew dim.
On her rush to the gate, puddles shone on the ground
Of course she plowed through ‘em, it made quite a sound.
She’d itched through her sleezy—it left me with doubt.
I worried, in fact, that her braids did fall out
Her pretty white blaze from forehead to nose
Was covered in bran mash. (The least of my woes.)
Those brilliant white socks were both brown and grey
And covered in grass stains—she rolled on her hay.
I sighed and I haltered, cussing at my luck
Showing after this mess? That would take some pluck.
Using Absorbine products, I gave her a bath
(Whoever turned her out would deserve my wrath!)
I scrubbed and I rinsed, and toweled her dry,
And reached for my Showsheen, my hopes still not high.
My poor ugly duckling turned swan in a blink
I looked at my watch—we had no time to think!
We loaded and reached the show office in time,
(To be excluded now would be a true crime!)
I dressed in a hurry, and tacked up my girl,
No frills and no extras, did my class in a whirl.
My beautiful pony won a lovely first place
Then after we won? I saw dirt on my face.
Thanks for reading my poem!
I’m going to put a sign in front of my house that says “Pony Rides $5.” I need to drum up some business any way I can, and if I can get some families in here, all the better. I hope that Mid Michigan Family Theatre’s show brings in some business for me, and maybe the ad I put in the Annie program, too. We could use extra income. Starting a business is pricey.
Melody overall is ok. The flap of skin from her cornea is just gone. Her eye looks painful. Darrin did the same thing to his eye a while back and said it’s excrutiatingly painful. She blinks too much, and it’s still a bit swollen. I gave her banamine yesterday and it seemed to help a little. No banamine today yet, as I think I’ll give it to her with a little mid-day snack. I do not want to give her an ulcer. The trade off is that the girls are going to get spoiled with all the food I’m giving out. However, I have to say that Savannah needs it. She needs a good 50lbs at least before I’ll be happy with her size, and then she needs another 25 or so before she’s ready for winter. That’s 75lbs before Halloween.
The girls are out in the L shaped pasture this morning, and since it’s a little more sparse than the RAM pasture, I’m planning to keep them out there most of the day. They need to trim that pasture down and keep the grass down. Once we get up the RAM fence across the driveway, their area will become about 40 feet longer with a tapering width starting at 60 feet and ending at 20 feet. They’ll love it.