We (SFHA) had a great time Christmas caroling on horseback. And yes, we actually did sing . . . a lot. We may not have sounded that great, but it was all in the spirit of Christmas so I don’t think we can be faulted.
Here is who rode: Me, Traci, Cheyenne, Christina, her daughter Gabriela (7 years old), Christina’s mom Carol, Renea, Lisa, Sammy, and Traci’s neighbor Julie who has also ridden with us before in the 4th of July parade.
So that’s 10 horses being ridden and one extra horse – Cheyenne’s horse “Blondie” who can’t be at home by herself and Andrew had to work so he couldn’t ride. Cheyenne ponied this horse all over Lincoln yesterday.
BIG, BIG, BIG THANK YOU TO SCOTT WHO DID AN AWESOME JOB FOLLOWING BEHIND US IN HIS PICK-UP TRUCK WITH HIS HAZARD LIGHTS FLASHING AND HE SO EFFICIENTLY SCOOPED UP POOP ALONG THE WAY. HE ALSO HAD THE BULL HORN THAT HE WAS USING IN HIS TRUCK. HE WAS DOING PRETTY WELL DRIVING UNTIL HE GOT HIS TRUCK STUCK IN THE MUD (YES, THAT WOULD BE “OFF-ROADING” . . . AND THAT WOULD BE ANOTHER STORY BY ITSELF).
We started off at the Lincoln Manor Convalescent Home – hand delivered them homemade cookies – and sang our hearts out. The residents/patients there truly appreciated our efforts. We then went across the road to the other convalescent type hospital – Senior Assisted Living – and sang for them and gave them cookies. And then went across the road on the other side and rode in between all of the senior citizen complexes (kind of like a whole bunch of duplexes and triplexes scattered all over one huge area). From there we just started riding through the apartment complexes, one after another.
Julie, our guest rider, has an aunt who lives on the west side of town, way down at the end of 3rd Street (the west side of Joiner Parkway). This aunt’s husband just died in June and the aunt is having a really hard time coping with the loss and going through the holidays without her husband (apparently they had been married for years and years). So . . . we rode there to pay her a visit. While there, we took advantage of using her restroom because by this time, we all had to go. The people in this aunt’s neighborhood were having a blast seeing all of the horses parked out in the middle of the street. One neighbor (young gal) ran into her house and came out with a huge veggie tray. She was hand feeding everyone’s horses carrots, celery, tomatoes, peppers . . . anything the horses would eat.
We rode back on 1st Street, crossed Joiner Parkway again, and then rode through all of the apartment complexes there. We ran out of the 100 candy canes we started with. Does that tell you how many kids ran out to see the horses? Kids, parents, seniors . . . everyone was loving us. We even had one lady who told us she wants to join our club and before I got home that night, she had already e-mailed me.
Out of candy canes by this time, we sent Scott to the Lincoln Wal-Mart to go buy more. When he came back, we already had about 30 or more kids waiting for a candy cane. We had babies sitting on our horses. Kids and adults petting our horses. And I brought a bunch of horse cookies for the kids to feed to Shady. You need to remember that the majority of these kids have never been up close to a horse and they were loving it.
We rode across the old Highway 65 (now Lincoln Boulevard), rode through the Burger King drive through for french fries and onion rings . . . we were starving, and then rode through the Wal-Mart parking lot where we were bombarded again by a bunch of kids. We rode through downtown Lincoln, crossed Lincoln Blvd. again, and headed back to the horse trailers.
We rode for almost four hours. Afterwards, and there were only four of us left by this time, we loaded up the horses and headed to Round Table Pizza for some hot food.
Lots of fun and from the reaction we were getting, we definitely need to do this again next year.