Violette: It has been a quiet week here in rural France. The weather has been mostly OK and #1 has come to visit us regularly. I got major brushies and a treat bucket on Wednesday, but I have mainly been hanging out in my field:
Hello Again! Here I am at my water supply, which is at the end of the field nearest the gate:
Isn't it just the best thing to get a long, cool drink of water?
Oh, and I heard there was a request for "pink nose spot" photos. So here you are:
Vidock: Studly Neighs, EveryFriend! #1 says that the dappling on my coat is looking particularly fine at the moment:
As you can see, I was enjoying my treat bucket! When #1 arrives, she often sees only my bum as I am standing into my shelter, enjoying my hay. But as soon as she calls my name…
The Big V Cometh!
And I allowed #1 to take a special close-up of my pink nose spot!
We have one final item for you, because we thought you might find it interesting. We have often shown you pictures of us being shod by the farrier. But in fact, the majority of Percherons in France will not give their feet freely to be shod like that. And so, they are shod using special stocks that contain them, and allow their feet to be attached or held using ropes. Yesterday, #1 was there when champion Percheron stallion Titus was being shod. This is what it looks like:
Very different from us, right?
It's all a question of education, with well-mannered horses being taught when they are young to give their feet and stand still. #1 says she is very proud of both of us, but maybe especially of Violette who never even saw a farrier until she was almost three and who is now considered the perfect mare to shoe!