In sunny, south Florida,
the Rich come to play in the Winter.
The Really, Really Wealthy...
There is Winter Fest (click to check it out!)
Olympic caliber horses.
They bring their horse.
And board them here.
Yes, this is a barn!
Isn't it beautiful!
It was my *home* for several years.
I lived and worked here.
And the beautiful pond?
We had a pet duck named Col. Sanders.
He was eaten by an alligator :(
That was a sad, sad day......
The riding arena saw lot's of action!
From client lessons
show horse training
The turn-out paddocks for grazing pleasure.
(Although Florida grass isn't very yummy to the Equine set!)
Way in the back, with the red roof,
that was my Casa!
I was on call 24 hours a day,
seven days a week.
For specialized horse care, per client.
If a Long Distance Hauler pulled in at
with a horse,
that came by ship
from across the globe,
I had to be awake to meet them
at the gate!
And stay awake through the next day.
Because the horse was my responsibility.
Horses are precarious animals.
They sustain injuries.
They fall ill.
My post as a horse nanny was to ensure
the horse was healthy
But, taking care of the client is 75% of the job!
Some clients *know* about horses.
Some know nothing.
For some the horse is their child!
For others, it is an investment.
Getting to know and understand my client was always
my first priority.
When the show staff left to travel across the country
for horse shows.
I was left behind with a small staff.
That was always my favorite time!
A quiet barn is a wonderful place to be!
I managed the horses that were boarded
Not many people show up unannounced
to check out the facility.
But, one Sunday I did have a gentleman
The buzzer from the front gate rang.
I called the gate phone to inquire their business.
He was inquiring about boarding a horse
for his two daughters.
What a great day to let someone tour the facility!
He parked his car.
I asked him sign in.
His name was Joe.
His sister lived on a ranch out west.
She gave his daughters a horse of their own!
But, of course the girls wanted to have
So I gave him the normal tour of the barn.
I explained how our boarding program worked.
The girls could take lessons with a private instructor.
He knew nothing about horses.
He also joked about having two daughters,
ages 10 and 14,
and being a single Dad!
He spoke about both his ~girls~
with such Love.
They were in L.A. visiting Mom for the weekend.
He really wanted to get the ball rolling on this
to surprise them!
After the barn tour, we hopped in a golf cart.
We toured all over the 70 acre ranch so he could view our
turn-out paddocks and riding trails.
I inquired if he would like to learn to ride.
Being in south Florida,
we were both wearing shorts.
He pointed to his kness.
I couldn't help notice how many scars this man
had on his knees,
from multiple surgeries.
He laughed and said he didn't think his body had any business being on a horse!
After the tour he decided to call his sister out West.
He found a place for Abbie to live!
I was thrilled.
He was just so darn excited to surprise his daughters!
We firmed up the departure date for Abbie to be picked up,
and transported to south Florida!
The sister said all of Abbie's paperwork was in order,
and her health certificate was current.
I would be here when she arrived, I told him.
Morning, noon or middle of the night!
Joe spent about three hours at the barn that day.
He had a wonderful sense of humor!
He asked a lot of really good questions.
He looked me in the eye when we spoke.
He respected my opinions.
He treated me with Respect.
There have been times when dealing with
High Dollar clients, that the client is less than
But, this guy was real.
I remember the phone ringing in the barn.
I excused myself, and took the call.
He pressed his card and a check in my hand.
Told me to call him when Abbie arrived.
I nodded o.k.while still on the phone call.
As I hung up the phone I glanced at the check and the card.
Good Golly, Miss Molly!
I had just spent the day with Joe Namath
Although I don't *know* football,
everyone knows who the
Legendary Joe Namath is!
where he was getting into his car.
"I can't believe I just spent the day with Joe Namath,"
I told him.
And he replied,
"Sometimes it's kind of nice just to be Joe."
These boots have lot's of stories!
some that are so outlandish-
That if I hadn't *lived* it,
I would not believe it!
Soon, I will write about working for the Crazy Man on the Beach!
The things I got myself into, for my
Love of Horses!
But, now, in my little life, I am quite content.
Just to sit here.
from my front porch in the mountains....
and watch the little things that mean so much.
Like Annie seeing Canada Geese fly over for the first time.
Wow, she was amazed!
Have a wonderful day!
And thank you all so much for your visits!
Every comment makes my heart smile....
*the Namath daughters are now 19 & 23.
Abbie is living back out West.
***Ranch and horse pics courtesy of misha
***Joe Namath pics courtesy of Bing Images