It’s French Toast Friday!
The perfect day to meet Tiny.
Tiny gets turned out every day in a paddock overhung by golden yellow Acacia trees. My favorite sight is to see his happy face lift up, and watch him amble up the hill, his coat dotted with minute yellow blossoms. It’s his dream to be My Little Pony. It makes me happy: there he is, covered in flowers, soon to be adored, dying to be hugged. He’s such a guy too, he knows how to work the girls.
I didn’t brush him off before I took his picture, because I wanted the little blossoms to show. To give you an idea of his size, I’m standing about 5 or 6 feet above him on the hill. People who are not familiar with Friesians assume he is Friesian or a Friesian X. It’s not his body type that confuses them, he looks nothing like a Friesian: he’s true black with an impossibly thick, wavy, mane and tail. You can see he’s getting a head start on his winter coat. From the look of coats around the barn, we’re in for a doozy of a winter here.
I’ve taken (and deleted) hundreds of pictures of Tiny. They are all horrible. He’s quite handsome, and nicely put together, but put him in front of a camera and his angles go all funny. My camera, Lilli’s camera, doesn’t seem to matter. I didn’t try for a full body shot. The last time I did, the pics made him look like a deformed mule.
Above is Tiny coming in for a massage, a ride, another massage, and his hoof treatment.
Below is true Tiny personality: everything must be inspected by The Lips.
If the trailer passes the muzzle test, it proceeds to the lip test.
Are we starting to see the Shetland Pony resemblance?
For the curious who want to know his breed: Tiny is half Belgian, one quarter Morgan, and one quarter Arabian. 99% of the time, he’s Belgian, with a nice Morgan sensibility on the trail. Someday you’ll hear about a 1%-of-the-time ride, in which his inner Arabian is unleashed: he is on FIRE. I shouldn’t have said that. There is no way anyone could believe that looking at these pictures!