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I'm one of the co-authors of Point of Hopes, Point of Dreams, and The Armor of Light (which, contrary to some reviews is NOT a Points novel). Proud member of CoastLine SF, Piscataqua Obedience Club, and admin for Horseboard.

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Birthday wishes -- whether he wants them or not.

I have seen his face, in person, exactly once. That was in November of 2004. It was late on a Sunday afternoon. The place would be closing in an hour or so. Formal programs were over for the day. We stood in the aisle, just enjoying being there. I paid my respects to the greatest of the great ones, and then just hung out by my favorite.

Then Tammy forgot the mint.

We had been at the Kentucky Horse Park that morning, before we were due at our friend Jeanne's, to visit the grand ladies of the Our Mims Retirement Haven. It was a muddy series of days, and Mr. John Henry had taken full advantage of the fact and had gotten himself good and mudded up, well up the legs. Seemed kinda pleased with himself, too. We got to see Tammy start to work on him, but then had to beetle off to keep our appointment with Jeanne.

When we returned... John Henry still had a deal of mud on him. Typical human strategy -- let the stuff dry, first. That was what Tammy had done and it enabled her to get all -- pr most -- of the remaining mud off. She went back to the tack room to return the brush. And forgot to come out with John Henry's mint.

Mr. John Henry is not shy. Wham! Wham! He would bang his left front hoof against the door of the stall. Wham! "Woman! TAMMY! Where's m'damn mint?" Wham!

The mint came quickly. But the benefit for us was that we got to see more of Mr. Henry than just his shaggy butt in the corner of his stall! And he got his mint.

Today, March 9, 2006, I would like to wish John Henry a very happy 31st birthday!

Click here to see John Henry's race record and pedigree.

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