I couldn't let Melbourne Cup Day pass without mentioning my old thoroughbred horse "Tally"....
He is my oldest horse. 23 years this year and I have had him for 15 of them. He was a racer BUT he is lazy so didn't do very well. He was given to me and he is a real gentleman. Naughty on the ground (all bark and no bite) but a dream to ride. He has spoilt me for all the other horses that I am ever going to ride. It is like floating on air, so easy and smooth!
We rarely ride him anymore. I sometimes take him to the bus-stop and the boys double him home but these day they complain about how bony he is along his back! I used to work at a dairy and often rode Tally to work and home again. Sometimes he stayed at the dairy with the cows and I used to wake him up in the paddock with the motorbike when I went for the cows in the early mornings. He never used to get up and I could ride right up to him and give him a hug and then continue getting the cows.
He has taught numerous girls to ride, and a few special ones have helped me love and look after him. He has a special place in many hearts.
This is my favourite photo of Tally. We were just building new stables for him last year after Cyclone Larry ripped away his old ones when it blew thru our old property in 2006. Tally loves comfort and really missed the shelter and warmth of the stables. This is him giving me a loving hug after Billy started to put the roof on his new stables......it was really like 'Thank you Mum!'
Anyway getting back to the Melbourne Cup....Tally's grandfather is the famous New Zealand stud thoroughbred Sir Tristram!! He is very well bred! Yep he has (Sir Tristram that is, not Tally) sired three Melbourne Cup winners.... Tally could have been a winner if he wasn't so lazy....
You are a winner to me Tally :-)
Did you back a winner????