Sunday, January 16, 2011

My Favorite Parts of Grace

I have said more than once, that I know Grace's body better than the back of my own hand. Even under her fuzzy winter coat I recognized them. I started to wonder, which of her many body parts are my favorite.

There is her tail, thick long and black. It is the first thing that most people notice about her. Oh, but look at that nice hip! Do you see that funny dent on her butt in the middle of the picture? That has been there since the first day I met her. It is coincidentally the same size of a young horses hoof. I've always wondered if she was on the loosing end of that fight. She also has an old scar on the other side that you don't see in the winter. It looks like it came from a rope, it's very small, but I know exactly where it is. I often get asked about it in the summer. Grace must have quite the story to tell about what her life was like before I met her as a 2 year old.

Then there is her mane. I love to bury my face in it the day after I wash it. It has that shower clean smell mixed with horse smell. Absolute heaven!

Her Ears! I love Grace's ears! They have those perfect black tips and just a hint of a curve at the top of them. Sometimes they stand up so straight forward I expect them to touch each other. They can also lay flat back, most often when chasing Belle the dog or anytime we get near cows.

Her neck, it is so beautiful when it stretches out in front of me. On the ground she uses it to give me a whole body hug. I love Grace's neck!

Oh my that nose! It just doesn't get any better than that! It searches my pockets for carrots and rubs my face with those prickly whiskers. Grace has the cutest nose!

That soft spot!! Do you know the spot I am talking about? It sits right between her nostril and her lips. It is warm in the winter and cold in the summer. I think I have kissed it every day for the last 10 years.

Then there are those lips. Grace uses them to kiss me right on the lips when I have a carrot in my hand. If I don't give her a treat right away she then uses her lips to grab my nose. It was a cute trick when I taught it to her. Who am I kidding, I still love it when she does that!

Grace has the most beautiful face. She is so expressive, I never have to wonder what she is thinking. She has big jowls and a small nose. It gives her a "baby doll" head look. She is often mistaken for an Arab. I've also been asked how old my "baby" is.

Her eye! Grace has the softest, sweetest eyes. She can see straight into your soul with them. I wish I had natural eye liner like hers.

Grace has a great rear end! It has changed many times over the years. I can always tell if she has been using her hind end by the shape of her butt. Looks really good right now!

Grace's back! Some days it seems to be a mile long. In the last year it has gained a lot of muscle and is much stronger. It is my favorite place to sit.

I guess my favorite part of Grace is all of her parts!
They all tie together to make one spectacular little mare!