Happy Birthday Gen

24 years ago today a little black trouble making fuzzball was born! I know I don’t blog much at all, but I wanted to share the fact that Gen has made it to a happy (and mostly healthy) 24 years old!

Gen trying to get his new fly mask off last week

We will celebrate today with a treat tasting. They changed the formula of the only packaged treats he likes so I have 5 new samples for him to try to see if we have a new winner. 

Muddy Gen on Mother’s Day

Happy Friday!

I hope you have a day with sun on your back and mud in your coat😉


So I got a used horse trailer a few months after I got Gen. It took us to many lessons and shows and I am so happy I had it. That was 10 years ago now. I can’t even say I barely use it anymore…I haven’t used it in 2 years! I keep it at the farm Gen is boarded it and use it as storage. It is kept up by the ring so I rarely even look at it. One of the other boarders left a note on the board to let me know one of the trailer tires was low. It still has taken me about a week to even bother coming to put in air in. 

When I finally got up here tonight I looked at it and immediately felt terrible. My poor trailer is clearly neglected! There is green scuz all over it and while one tire was clearly flat, all of them were low. The trailer is a 1995 sundowner, and at this moment it looks it.

If I am being honest with myself, I think the time has come to let go of it. There is a small part of me that isn’t ready for that yet…a teensy tiny voice that says my show days are not over yet. 

How long should one keep a trailer for with a retired horse when you are not riding or showing anything else?

So I just realized that I haven’t updated this blog in months!! I can run down a laundry list of excuses, but I think instead I’m just going to say that I need to get better. The world needs more Gen in it! When I told Gen I hadn’t blogged I’m forever and to make a pretty face so everyone could see his handsome self that was the face I got. I am sure I am anthropomorphasizing, but I see a healthy mix of judgement and doubt😛 I will prove my pony wrong and post all the time again! 

Happy 4th of July!

I know I have been terrible about posting lately. I have a horse to tell you all about, some big life news to tell you about, and an official review of Gen’s crazy fly mask! With all that waiting to be written about it seemed sill to do a photo post. I had to though. Gen is the most American loving Mexican General I know😉

Gen and I wish all of you a safe and happy 4th of July!



So Gen has been 23 for nearly 6 months, but today is his actual birthday:) 23 years ago today the coolest horse in the world was born! I love this horse so much! 

Today is one of the two days a year that I do not worry about grooming him. He gets to stay filthy all day. His birthday treat is getting to hand graze anywhere on the farm he wants. I just follow him around as he indulges.  This year he has chosen to start his grass buffet just on the other side of his fence.

Happy 23rd birthday to the best horse ever!!


So my Gen is a very sensitive horse. He always has been. If he didn’t like the way a blanket fit, he would just destroy it and rip it apart. If he didn’t like the way a Saddle fit he would simply buck and try and Break free from the cross ties and run away and roll until it came off. Gen goes there about four leather halters a year. He is just that kind of horse. Are worst season is summer. And one of the reasons for that is fly masks. I have had Gen for 10 years now, and I have yet to find a fly mask that fits him well.

That doesn’t mean I don’t try. I go through several a summer and often just use something that is good enough because I know that no matter what it is still better for him than to get eaten by bugs because he is such a baby about flies. This year I think I may have found something though. Check out this Roma fly mask…

Sure it looks odd, but it isn’t poking him in the eye, crushing his ears or letting the bugs in and trapping them. It is huge…by design. Perfect for hiding his unicorn horn😉 when I first put it on I thought it was a no go, but after a little running around and some dramatic nudging, I realize that he just didn’t like the nose part. Gen has always been funny about stuff on his nose. Once I took that off I got a huge sigh from him and lots of licking and chewing. We may have a winner! Do you fly mask is a bit fashion forward for now, but that is okay my boy doesn’t mind being a trendsetter. 



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