We lost Billy today at age 22. Diagnosis: Strangulated small intestine, probably due to an age-related fatty lipoma. Born here, died here. Best friend ever.
Check out this new Poudre River video for answers to:
- How did the flooding Poudre River give birth to Fort Collins?
- Who were the movers and shakers of early Fort Collins?
- How did N. Shields St. farms, several of which still exist today, help the local economy?
Soon, Poudre River bike trail visitors can also call up the Poudre River Heritage Tour: Shields Street Area on their smart phones via QR codes on planned signage near the intersection of N. Shields St. and the Poudre River.
Many thanks to the Poudre Heritage Alliance for their video tours, which preserve our history and that of the Poudre River. The horses-grazing shot at the video’s end is from our historic property, Poudre River Stables.
“…a young horse brought Joseph and Luella’s carriage to a halt, refusing to cross the Dry Creek stream. Luella jumped out and urged the team across the stream. Still the young horse balked. Luella returned to the carriage, took over the reins, and Joseph jumped down. He pulled on the problem animal’s headstall. The team began to move. As the horses picked up speed, Joseph ran along …”
– Excerpt, Gruesome End for Father of Fort Collins; Historic Farm Revealed
You might also enjoy our Horses in History slide show.
He did everything we ever asked, 4-H Level IV horse, both English and Western, state fair, many Greeley and Rockie Mountain Saddle Club show seasons, trail rides, book signings, knee surgery … Occasionally, if he wanted to go the other way, he’d just drag you there, not in a violent way. Hated hoof dressing. His favorite treat: peppermints from Sonic Drive-In. If you needed therapy after a bad day, he was your horse. At 16.3 hands, “Calypso Can-Delite” was one of the tallest registered Morgans. He never colicked a day in his life until today, with a twisted intestine. Our beloved Dell was 23. As longtime PRS member Cindy said, “May you run free on perfect knees in greener pastures, my furry friend. We will surely miss you.”
Watson needed to rest up after his errands today. I think he has only been in the car when he was little, headed to visit the vet and once to the Blessing of the Animals at St. Joe’s. The hardest part now that he is a big dog is learning to get into the giant, scary “kennel” on wheels. He did a great job practicing his public behavior at Jax Ranch and Home, and Poudre Pet & Feed Supply. Many thanks to the clerks who were so kind to him.
Dog Watson the Blind Golden Retriever
Combine Nanking cherries with chokecherries for a great fruit wine. Nankings also make a tasty pie, but speaking from experience, it takes two people about two hours to pick enough for one pie. Then you have to remove the pits. Not so for wine making.
Freeze, thaw, toss into the fermentation vat
Freeze the cherries, which breaks them down, thaw, and toss into the primary fermentation vat. The pits stay behind when you squeeze out the wine in a filter bag seven to 10 days later.
My horse Dell loves to grab a mouthful of cherry foliage when we walk by these bushes. I’ve never offered him the wine. He does love peppermints and I had a pony who loved grape Nehi. I suppose anything is possible.
Learn more about home wine making: 17-year-old-treasure from the “vineyard”
See our Harvest album:
Imagine, without Paul Revere’s horse, Brown Beauty, we might still be under a king’s rule. Commemorating the anniversary of his midnight ride, April 18, 1775 and the contribution of horses to our nation’s history. Ironic dates, considering the colonists went to war over taxation and today marks U.S. Tax Day 2016.
See our Horses in History slide show:
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