Forgive me all, my blog is a little trip down memory lane this week . One more post on the past today then I swear I will get back to the day to day
So between revisiting the Honorable Mentions , and the followup response on Never To Old (Grey Mare's blog , this post has been on my mind . So since this week seems to be about reminiscing here we go !
A couple posts back I re posted an Honorable mention of my old stallion Chile Poivre (Chips)
In it I mentioned his last son Fern Valley's Phoenix. I still have Phoenix; he is now 4 and growing up to be a lovely horse. With so many of his sire's little idiosyncrasies. They truly do not look a lot alike ,Chile had a very clear and pronounced blanket with very little roaning , and Phoenix (or Fix as my nephew calls him) is a red roan with s few spots , blue eyes and is considerably shorter and stockier than his sire , and yet... there is something .
Enough so that I , who used to never mix up horses names have begun slipping up and calling him Chips or Chile ,when talking about him , or when he is doing something familiar,(like playing bongo drums with his feed tub) I called out to him to settle down last night and said "Hey Chips!" well the look I got over the fence was priceless ! I swear it could have been the old fella himself staring me down! Funny thing , I have raised several colts from Chips, and Phoenix is the first one to share so much of his personality . Johnnie, has his color pattern, Blue had his size , Digger , more of a temperament thing . Chance ,showed a little of the wise arse side , and his lovely gaits , Wilder is such a gentle kind souls like his sire , I could go on and on , But Phoenix , somehow got something a little different . Is it because he was the last and I set my hopes so high? or is it just luck of the draw . Or something completely beyond my understanding? Whatever it is I am glad, I feel like through all of his progeny Chips lives on , and with Phoenix? Each time he does a "Chips” thing I feel like a get a little gift. Phoenix is his own horse with his own quirks and tricks but the sense of the familiar about him warms my heart.
Stay safe everyone!