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Donna R
Kate, I'm sure you know I'm quite a Babs fan.  Thanks for the great update!  Keep them coming...[love]
This is me and Babs at night recently. It was a peaceful ride with only the crickets and us. One of those rides that is really relaxing and centering. Looking at ourselves in the mirror. This picture doesn’t do her justice. Makes her look a little “ribby” and gaunt be she is definitely neither. She was a little off on her right front a little recently but back to herself now.  No idea why she was off. Her legs looked pristine. I thought maybe she was working on an abscess or bruise. I suspect she might not have the typical “OMG my leg is broken” response to an abscess like most horses do. I think she is pretty tough and the stoic type. But like I said, she is fine now which I’m relieved about.

- Kathy G.

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Donna R
[love]  I think you understand her very well, Kate.  Glad she is ok now.
It’s wonderful to see Babs so happy! She really needed something do do again. One of my favorite things to do with her was giving her a complete grooming. The only thing she doesn’t care for is to have her ears clipped. She’s ok with scissors but hates the clippers.
She spent a lot of time over the years at shows. Gaming was her favorite, but she also muddled through pleasure shows. Trail riding was what I enjoyed with her. She has a trot to die for. LoL
I look forward to hearing more updates and adventures.
Kate G
I can't think of any occasion in which I will need to clip her ears so luckily I won't have to broach that subject with her, I don't think. 

She is a joy to groom. But she seems to keep herself pretty clean. 

The beauty of her is that I can just go and hang out with her. There is no agenda. She is 26. She has nothing she needs to prove. She's already done it, I'm sure. It's liberating. 
In the middle of my work day when it might be so hectic that I’ve even forgotten to eat lunch, somewhere in the back of my mind I retrieve this little moment in the sun with Babs very contently grazing.  In those few stolen seconds, I can feel a small smile spread across my face. And then shortly thereafter, back to reality and the day at hand. 

- Kathryn G.

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Peace and quiet and a good snack!  We all deserve that!
My daughter Leah likes to come to the barn with me sometimes. She enjoys Babs. She is not a “rider” per se but appreciates Babs demeanor and level headedness.  

- Kathryn G.

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Barb S
I was just thinking of you and Babs on Sunday when I was brushing out Dillinger. How lucky are we to have these to Seniors!
Couldn’t be happier that everyone else passed on these great horses 😊
Just got done enjoying a romp in the indoor.

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Kate G
Happy to say that Babs got a good report from the vet/chiropractor today. A little stiff but other than that pretty good for 27! Babs is such a sweetheart. She is the resident elder and has adopted the roll of youngin' minder. She loves babies. Sadly, no good pictures lately but I have to get one soon before shedding season (which can't come too soon!) She is so wooley!  
Barb S
Love the Babs Updates Kate! Aren’t we the lucky ones to have our seniors.
Keep waiting for someone to scarf up Cora, another great senior😊
Suzanne McKichan
I especially love the updates from the One Day Event Horses.  I was part of the decision on horses that were "adoptable" or not.  There were several (well, lots of) "senior" horses, and my heart would sink as each one would come in, because I knew they were more likely to be one I would have to put down at the event.  But for many, like Babs, we kept them, with hope that one of the organizations would take them.  The organization takes them with hope, but no guarantee, that a great owner will adopt it.  Horses like Babs are what the whole event and rescue process is all about. 
Donna R
Great update on Babs!  We also have a senior mare who loves the littles.  In our case the littles are mini donkeys as we don't have any really young horses any more.  It is precious to watch how our Annie takes care of her babies.   I can just imagine Babs doing the same.  You really hit the jack pot with her, Kate, and she with you!
Babs says Hello!

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Barb S
Babs looks amazing!
Hello, Babs!
Kate G
Took my 2 daughters to the barn this weekend. My oldest was getting a riding lesson and it was a treat for my youngest (age 10) to tag along. She helped me give Babs the "princess treatment". She got the works. My daughter was amazed that the hair just kept flowing. And yet Babs still has no shortage of winter hair to get rid of.  It's truly impressive. 

She learned to walk Babs on the ground. I then let her ride Babs just on lead-line. Babs knows me and knows I expect to just tootle around and she has mastered the lazy walk well with me. With a strange rider, Babs is usually defaults to "go, go, go" mode and she was no different with a 10 yr old girl. So, she wanted to walk fast even with me next to her but she caught on quick and chilled.   

At any case, Babs still got the title "Best horse ever!" by my daughter. I told her "I know". 

I don't often have pictures anymore because I don't like taking my phone out of the car. (HAD to get an upgrade and my phone doesn't fit well in my pocket).  Will try to be better. 
Scott: MHWF
A great testament to an older horse that still has a lot of pep and love to share. 😉
Babs taking a nap after her teeth were floated yesterday (had a tincture of sedation). She was snoring! It was so cute! And she kept crossing her back legs over despite our efforts to straighten her out. Again, cuteness!

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LOL the leg crossing cracked me up.  She had quite the little nap.
So funny about the legs!
Babs enjoying some grass after a little jaunt. The humidity was ridiculous!

- Kathryn G.

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Donna R
Looking great, Babs!  
That smiles says it all!
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