Thursday, July 7, 2011

Eldorado Independence Day Parade

Our Horned Locust crew was invited to participate in Eldorado's 4th of July parade this year! 
A few of our good friends helped us wrangle some of the critters. 
Here is Chauny with old Blue Duck getting ready to hit the road

And Krishan with Bucky.

We tried out different combinations to see who matched up best with each participant.
Here is Anusha with Football... the little red goat was too stubborn to walk on a lead however and had to be replaced with Louise, a white and black kid born over the winter...

We all worked on parading before the parade...

Louise took to the pace with zeal led by Jorge.

Doonie was a little surprised by a flag- but then remembered she was not so young a filly anymore...

All the excitement was fun for her though- she loves activity, people and big trucks!

Our number one fan and reason for being in Eldorado, Jean, as Eldorado Citizen of the Year, rode as Parade Marshall.

Our horses have been exposed to all type of distractions over the years. 
Dad's former Polo-Playing Pinto, Pecos, was pretty placid amongst all the excitement.

Doonie made friends with a young palomino who was celebrating his 5th birthday.

We all had a blast bringing up the rear of the parade- and the goats were a hit with the crowd.

Afterwards we met some gals who are working on promoting wild mustangs as useful mounts. 
This guy here, who hails from Nevada, looked completely at home at his first ever parade. They said he had a total of 30 rides previous to this event. Lots of groundwork set him up for success it would seem.
She encouraged us to join her non-profit in showcasing mustangs in parades and such to promote understanding and exposure of people to a fine animal which is currently much maligned in the horseworld. 
We look forward to participating in her educational events with Chopo (our little red mustang/quarterhorse) and our new Jicarilla Mustang after we get him settled and in harness so to speak. 

Then it was time for lunch. 
My niece, Sonia, joined us (as well as her parents after they returned with the cars).

After eating a great meal (prepared by Kino) it was off to the greenbelt for Kino and the goats. 

Dad saw them to the greenbelt and then took the rest of the day off, leaving Kino to work the herd on his first solo flight (he rode Doonie-so flight is the appropriate term, certainly). 

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