14 October 2019
What an incredible ride we had! I was an EH (exceptional horse) and did everything right! I love riding those trails. The weather was perfect - cool and sunny, the views spectacular and I was full of energy. No slow poke today!
Thank you so much to everyone that supported us. On the list - Will & Cash, my 4 hooved friends; Suzi, Deb; Sarah & Brian, Marianne and Carol. We met our goal with a total of $2610. Over the years we have raised over $14000.00! Pretty impressive and we could not have done it without all your help. Cousin Kathy - I loved the carrots - Dad hit the cookies pretty hard---Cousin Marie - Mom wouldn't share all the small bottled goodies....I wonder why? Mom promised me I would never have to wear that silly wig again....I'm holding her to it! Two hooves up for my fantastic fan club....THANK YOU everyone.....-The Docster-
9 October 2019
I'm really starting the count-down to ride day! I heard there will be a really neat breast collar with all the names of those that have dealt with breast cancer. It will look like pink ribbon streamers. Thank you to Karen, Jeanne, Dan and my human Dad, Fred, for supporting us. You are all so awesome! -The Docster-
6 October 2019
I've been working really hard getting ready to ride. Hard to believe it's one week away. Mom spent time putting together all that pink stuff I have to wear (BIG eye roll). I guess I can suck it up for one day. Horsey thank yous to Sally, Donna, Dean, Suzanne, Carol, Derick & Trish, Marcy & Laird. Your generosity is so very much appreciated. -The Docster-
30 September 2019
What a glorious weekend it was! We hit the trails both days and I was a goof-ball just once. I felt so good - and when I feel really good I get kind of silly. I did try to do the "yippee" buck but it wasn't too bad - I didn't dump Mom in the dirt. We did a bunch of trotting up hills and with the slight breeze there were absolutely no bugs. I love early morning rides. That's the best time of day for me. Keep cheering us on as we try to reach our fund raising goals. -The Docster-
25 September 2019
Well, I finally got myself into some trouble. I figured out how to open the gate and let myself into the barn last night. My pasture mates and I had a real good time. I showed them how to break open hay bales and tap dance in them. Yup - I had hay scattered all over the walkway! Mom keeps the good stuff locked up so I couldn't get into the grain - drats! When she came out for early morning breakfast I tried to look innocent but for some reason she KNEW I was behind this whole show. I tried to pin it on Mem and Dustin but she wasn't buying it. Of course I couldn't blame Blaze as she spends her night in her stall. Maybe I was looking too innocent. Anyway, we had a great day today. I love spending time with my human and going out on trail. Thank you to Francie and Bonnie for supporting us. We couldn't do it without all you great folks! -The Docster-
22 September 2019
It has been an incredibly gorgeous weekend. We didn't cover as many miles but still had a really good time. Glad I get to go out early even though I would much prefer to snooze in. I just cannot stand any type of flying bug.....unless it's a butterfly. I like to watch them. A special thank you to Cousin Mary, Claudia and Bob for your support. We are getting closer to our goal. Keep tabs on my antics! The Docster
17 September 2019
I am really rockin'! Mom says my trail time is getting better - we are covering the miles and I am lovin' it! She hasn't done any of that silly pink stuff lately so I am a happy camper. The Docster
14 September 2019
Not much to report. I'm being a VERY good boy, not giving Mom any grief at all. We do a lot of trotting up and down hills and I must say I am really enjoying it. Keep tabs on us as we count down to RIDE DAY! The Docster
10 September 2019
Another day on trail.....it was the start of the day that really got to me. I was all happy, standing quietly while getting brushed and all of a sudden this pink thing shows up. Mom said it was a pink cowboy hat and she thought it would look good on me. Geez-Louise....here we go again. I was absolutely, positively sure that thing was going to eat me! I kept giving it the evil eye but that did not make it go away. Then I gave Mom "the look"....like that got me anywhere. Anyway, I finally let her put it on my head, much to my chagrin. THEN we went for a ride, but not with that pink thing. We went for miles. I was rockin'! Wasn't even sweated up when we got home. I'm really enjoying these rides. THANK YOU to Angela, Glenn, Michelle and Townline Equipment for your support. - The Docster
7 September 2019
We went out on trail again and I was Mr. Perfect. I trotted along and didn't give Mom any grief. This is getting boring - maybe I need to spice things up a bit. Many thanks to cousin Marie and Marie M. for your incredible support. Mom said she is humbled by the generosity of everyone....."The Docster"
6 September 2019
We hit the trails early and had so much fun Mom forgot about the farrier coming to give me some new shoes. When it finally clicked in we had to book it back to the barn! Just as the saddle came off Adin drove in. Talk about cutting it close. I have to admit I was having a lot of fun too and wanted to keep going. My new shoes feel great and I'm looking forward to our next ride out. Keep tabs on me....The Docster
1 September 2019
What a ride we had today! 3 hours on trail, mostly trotting and I didn't even break a sweat! We went out early so it was cool and no bugs. Did I mention how much I HATE bugs? I felt really good and just wanted to go so Mom said OK. Mem went too and sometimes she leaves me in the dust - but not today! We are really rockin'. Rumor has it I will get new steel belted Nikes on Friday with more trail riding. Keep cheering us on......we hope to meet (and maybe exceed?) or goal. - The Docster
29 August 2019
We are rockin' and rollin' on the trails. Mom said she plans to get pink ribbon and put names on it, then attach them to my saddle. Bet it will look better than that silly tutu! We are so humbled and blessed by the generosity of our donors. Thank you to Mary Lou, Debby, Peggy, Joan. I will keep you posted as we get ready for ride day! The Docster
26 August 2019
WE are doing it again! So good to have my fan club back. When Mom said we were riding I just yawned....this is so old hat. However - I must say I HATE that killer hill she makes me trot up and down on.....but I guess it pays off in the long run. THANK YOU cousin Kathy and Lorrie for your support. Keep tabs on my jottings!
9 October 2018
My day started at 5AM and I was too pooped to put hoof to keyboard when I got home so here is my update. WHAT A RIDE! Uphill, downhill, over trails, through the woods and on dirt roads. It was WONDERFUL and of course, I was Mr. Perfect! Too bad the sun never came out. It was very foggy and misty. We were way up in the mountains and on high hills but no views this year...bummer. It was still a great ride. Me and Memory took top prize for the pinkest duo....guess that cut down pink sequined mermaid outfit really worked. Of course I had my pink wig on. I really like that thing - fun to show it off. Due to a change in plans Dad and Dustin didn't ride. I was disappointed, but they were waiting for us when we got back. There was a photographer on the trails and I put my best hoof forward - got some great pictures. John from Spectrum Photography has been shooting my best side for years. It's like meeting a long lost friend when I see him waiting on the trail. Thank You, everyone, for helping to make the fundraising a success (Mom was in 2nd place for top fundraiser), keeping up with my antics, and cheering us on. Next year will be the 10th Anniversary of the Ride. I told Mom she can't quit now.....we have to do at least one more. Gratitude and Blessings to all.."The Docster"
6 October 2018
Getting closer to ride day! We made our fundraising goal!! I was a little worried at first but my fan club is legion and I just knew we would make it to $1000. I have been doing the 4 hoof hop! A big THANK YOU goes out to Joan, Karen, Lorrie, Darlene, and Fred. Today was a "get ready" day. Tomorrow we'll put on some more miles in the morning then I get a good rest in my stall overnight. My mobile home will be loaded up and everything ready to go. Guess we'll be up with the chickens on Monday....groan..I am NOT a morning horse...keep tabs on my jottings. My next one will be after the big ride!
3 October 2018
I'm working really hard getting ready. You won't believe what she did to me today! She got all that pink stuff out and tried it on me! She even added more pink stuff! I gave her the old eyeball but it didn't do any good. After that we went out on trail. I decided I hadn't given her any grief in a long time so I was overdue - not too much though. Just enough to keep her on her toes. Guess she wasn't too upset with me because I still got my treats. Only 5 days to go! Hope we make the donation goal, but if we don't that's OK too. Keep checking my blog!
25 September 2018
She's back! Mom was away and even though I didn't get ridden i did get lunged a lot (that's going in circles on a line for you non-horsey folks). So, the first thing SHE did after I gave her horsey hugs and kisses was go for a ride. I was Mr. Perfect, as usual. THEN she took me on a really long ride - I heard something about 20 miles but I don't think it was really that far, but far enough! Can't believe my big day is only 8 days away. My fan club has been cheering me on and my supporters are legion! A big Whinney Thank You to Mary Lou, Dan, Janet, Michelle, Joan and cousins Marie, Pat and Mary. We could not reach our goal without all of you. Mom is hoping to raise $1000. Time will tell if we succeed. Well, I'm off on the trails - keep tabs on my progress. You all are THE BEST!
31 August 2018
Up with those stupid chickens - again (this is getting old)....just because I got yesterday off (Mom had to work) really should not translate into getting up and going so early. Memory went too so I didn't feel quite so singled out. We had a really good ride until something decided to bite me - not sure if it was a bee- but I got to hopping around a lot. I stood still long enough for Mom to get off and she couldn't find anything but it was NOT pleasant. Mom said I was a really good boy because I tried very hard not to jump around too much even though it was obvious something was very wrong. My special treats were waiting for me when we got back to the barn. I got checked all over, and everything is OK!
A special Docster hoof salute to Mary Lou for supporting us - thank you! "The Docster
29 August 2018
Up with the chickens again.....but this time Dustin and Memory went out on trail with me. They both walk so fast I did a lot of trotting. Mom said she should change my name from Docster to Poke-A-Long. Harrumph! We weren't out very long because it got humid very quickly and we were all sweating. A nice cool hose down when we got back to the barn felt really good. Of course I got my favorite treats - apples and carrots. A horsey salute to Angie for supporting us - thank you so much! "The Docster"
28 August 2018
Three days in a row she had me up with the chickens....up hills, down hills, trot, Doc, trot. UGH...I HATE working this hard. I must admit I love the apple and carrot treats I get after every ride. Other than moving in sloooow gear I really haven't given Mom any attitude. I can be a gentleman when I want to. A big whinney thank you to Pauline for her sponsorship. What a great fan club I have! "The Docster"
24 August 2018
Up and out on trail bright and early this morning. It was a beautiful day, the bugs weren't too bad and , of course, I was Mr. Perfect. We did some pretty steep hills but it was OK.
I have to send special whinney thanks to Peggy, Cousin Kathy (she makes the BEST cookies) and Kim for their wonderful support. I could not do this without all you great folks. Keep checking back to see what I'm up to and how we are progessing....."The Docster"
22 August 2018
Here we are - another year and yep, I'm doing it again.....I have become such an old hand at this that I'm really looking forward to ride day - but I'm not real crazy about all the miles we have to do first. Big sigh....
To my fan club - cheer us on and support us on the ride. The goal is $500 to start. Help us reach it. It's a rainy day so I get it off, but the coming days are supposed to be nice. Keep tabs on my progress as I write about my adventures.
9 October 2017
We did it! But first I have to back up - my day started at 5AM. Seriously?! Did it have to be THAT early? It was a light drizzle when I jumped on my mobile traveling home and we headed to South Woodstock. It was raining pretty hard when we got there but I had a nice stall waiting for me - and there was one for Rosie too. The skies really opened up when everyone had to attend the pre-ride meeting. Poor Dad had to stay out in the rain and direct trailers and keep tabs on the horses while everyone was busy. As soon as the meeting was over so was the rain. Mom wasn't taking any chances though - she rode in rain gear. Anyway, it really did stop raining - like someone turned off the switch. The bad part was I had to wear the tutu and the wig. A nice lady came and painted a sparkly pink ribbon on my butt because I needed some glitz and glitter. Rosie had a funny looking thing done to her forelock - she looked just like Cindy Lou Who! Anyway, other horses were leaving for the ride and I was getting very impatient. I had to nicker to every one that went by because WE were supposed to be out there too. First obstacle - the river. I walked right in - didn't even stop to think about it. Lots of uphill and downhill. There was one real killer uphill - made the ones Mom makes me trot up and down look like nothing! The views at the top of that monster were just spectacular. The footing was a bit slick so I went easy. Obstacle number 2 - a brook to wade through. I'm an old hand at this now. There was a lot of mud. You know what I think of mud. Well, I was Mr. Perfect, because, after all, I am an E.H. (Exceptional horse). I have discovered that if you stomp through mud puddles they splash all over the place and get whoever is next to you wet. That was a lot of fun. We did have a bit of rain while riding through the woods but it didn't last long. Back at the barn 2 hrs and 20 min. after we started. I got carrots and apples and lots of treats.
Now for the best part - because of my wonderful fans Mom raised the most money. After that - I won an award with Rosie - for being the best dressed horses - adult division. That wig really made a difference. Of course, it was looking pretty sad by the time we got back to the barn.
Thank you - everyone, for all you have done to cheer us on and support us. Horsey kisses to cousin Kathy for the apples - I really enjoyed them - and Mom loved the cookies. Cousin Marie - I don't know about the libation but Mom seems to be enjoying it!
Horsey whinnies to all
8 October 2017
Here it is - eve before ride day! I have been soooo busy today. Got my whiskers shaved so I'm really a handsome guy now! My mane and tail are PINK! Rosie and I are in our stalls for the night. I guess that makes it easier to get us ready to go in the morning. I heard we will be on the road at 6:15. That's before daylight! I really do like to sleep in....
The weatherman says it's supposed to be really nasty tomorrow. If it's just a drizzle we will ride as long as the trails are not slippery and the footing is good. We are going with all kinds of rain gear so it will be just fine.
Thank you to everyone for supporting Team Docster and helping to make this a really great ride day. I'll report back after the ride tomorrow!
4 October 2017
What a day I had today! It was a beautiful day for a ride -up and down hills and in the woods - which happens to be my favorite place to go. Rosie went with me and I don't get to meander when she's in the lead. We did 7 miles in 75 minutes. Just thinking about it makes me tired....but I got apples for my treat because I was THE BEST! No tutu tryons today. That made me very happy. However - I did get to try on something else very pink. Instead of being punked out, I am pinked out - and, as you can tell by my expression, I kind of liked it! Now I know what it feels like to have a real mane and not that baby fuzz I was blessed with.
Special thank you whinnies go out to my appie pals - Cash and Will in MA and to Karen and Greg for your generous donations. I couldn't do it without all of you. 5 days to ride time!
1 October 2017
The Docster here -- OK, I'm a total woos. All that redeeming I did last week is down the tubes. Today I would not, will not, not ever, never, step in mud. THAT was just the beginning. Mom showed up with some funny looking pink stuff and I am absolutely positive it is going to devour me. She kept walking around me last night with it in her arms, then she had the nerve to hang it in my stall! Totally ruined MY evening. Today she walked around me with it again, then she used this pink stuff to give me a rubdown. I will admit the rubdown felt pretty good. Not so sure about the pink stuff. Then she saddled me up with my pink saddle pad. That was OK. It was the next move that really got me....she put the pink stuff around my chest where my breast collar goes. I look totally ridiculous. To make matters worse we went for a ride like that! I am sooooo embarassed. It's bad enough being painted pink, but wearing a tutu???? ARRGH!!!! Only 8 more days and this nightmare will end!
24 September 2017
Our adventures continue! We have been out on trail almost every day. This past Friday my favorite farrier in the whole world came and I got new steel belted Nikes! I am sooo ready! Yesterday we went to Tunbridge for a long trail ride with a lot of other horses. Rosie and Dad went too! We met up with Karen Rogers and her horse. Karen rode with us on the Komen a few years back. Anyway - off we went. We had to cross a stream and you know what I think about water. It was about a foot deep and 200 -300 ft across so there was no way I could jump it. Karen and Gypsy went right in and so did I - no hesitation. Boy was Mom surprised. I think she's still speechless! Rosie wasn't too keen on going in but she finally did. We rode on trails that seemed to go up forever, then very steep downhills. They were all on old logging roads going through the woods. We went over some dirt roads but not too many. Anyway, we were going along with Karen in the lead, down a long area along a treeline and all of a sudden Gypsy started to buck. Karen yelled "Bees" and I turned around and never moved so fast. I only got stung a couple of times, Rosie was fine but Karen got stung a lot on her face and Gypsy had hundreds of them on her. It was awful. We never did make it to the lunch stop. Everyone behind us turned around as well. I like excitement - but not THAT kind. Going back to the trailer I went right into the river again - no problem. It was so hot the cold water felt good. Mom said she talked to Karen today and Karen is OK. Gypsy is OK too. Dad and Rosie are just fine. Of the 20 miles we did about 16 so that was pretty good. I did get sweaty but it was really hot. I had a nice cool bath after the ride. We were going to do the hunter pace today but after our adventure yesterday Mom decided I needed the day off. 15 DAYS TO RIDE TIME!
12 September 2017
OK, I never said I was a twinkletoes or the best dancer in the group. If there's something to get into I will find it and find it I did! Mom came to get me for a ride today and when she was picking out my dainty little hooves (yeah, right!) she found a part of a tree limb lodged in the bar of my back shoe. She tried and tried to get it out but could not move it. I was a very good boy and didn't move a muscle. I let her do whatever she needed to do. She was going to call the farrier - that's the great guy who makes my feet look awesome - but Dad came home. He tried to move the piece of branch out but it just would not go. Finally he resorted to a small hand saw and cut through it. I was Mr. Perfect - never even twitched. So glad that thing is gone. Mom said everything is fine - no damage to my hoof or the shoe and I'm moving just fine. We will be off on trail shortly. Did I say I like to keep thinks interesting?!
Thank you Joan H. for supporting us - a big horsey wave going your way!
8 September 2017
It's been cold and gloomy but we are out working to get ready. Mom said I'm in really great shape and ready to go! Rumor has it that Norma has her brushes all set and will be creating a pink paint job on me. I keep telling her it's really embarassing but no one listens......
30 days to go! I am starting to get excited. The air at the ride is electric and everyone is so upbeat. I just love it!
Sending out a big whinny thank you to Janet for her support. I do LOVE my fan club!
6 September 2017
Yesterday was a good day at home. We just did some ring work and didn't venture too far. The weather was kind of weird - dark and gloomy. Didn't even see or hear a bird. I was just waiting for the skies to open up. I am so happy that we have a nice cozy barn.
I got to try out my new traveling digs! My new house on wheels has plenty of room, and it is so comfy. Mom was worried I might not get on it, but I sure did surprise her - hopped right on and settled in. 34 days to ride time! Life is good......
4 September 2017
I sure do have a LOT to report today! You would not believe the morning I had - I don't think I have EVER worked so hard! Raylene is riding with us. She is trying to decide if she will ride Memory, Blaze or Rosie. Anyway, she took Rosie out. That girl can cover ground when she walks - it's really bad when she trots. Anyway, she was trotting and I kept trotting faster and faster and I could not keep up with her. I had to put it in high gear and gallop! I HATE running - I much prefer a leisurely stroll. I was pooped (3 hours later) when we got back to the barn. Mom said I'm in really good shape because I wasn't sweated up much at all. I did get extra cookies for being good and not bucking. Actually, I was so focused on keeping up with Rosie that I never gave bucking a thought. I think Mom was pleased with me. She said I can have tomorrow off I worked so hard today. Sometimes life is good......but I hope Rosie isn't going on this ride....she makes me work too hard.
A "thank you" nicker goes out to Angie for supporting us. I have the BEST fanclub!
3 September 2017
We have been on the trail every chance we get. Looks like I'm getting the day off today, though. It's cold and rainy and I am such a woos.......I just want to stay tucked into my comfy stall with plenty of munchies. Mom said this is the remnants of Harvey. Rumor has it we have signed up for a looong trail ride in a couple of weeks. Starting point is at the Tunbridge fairgrounds. A day later we are signed up for a hunter pace in Cambridge, NY. I think she's trying to kill me........
Thank you everyone for your support as we get ready for the Komen ride. Keep cheering us on and I'll keep blogging.
21 August 2017
Well, we have been working REALLY hard. The "girls" came back from camp and it is so good to see them. Blaze and Memory are looking sharp. Mom also brought home another one. Her name is Rosie. Guess that means I have a harem! We rode yesterday morning, real early, so I figured that was my duty for the day. Guess what?! Off we went again in the afternoon, but this time Memory and Rosie went as well. It was fun riding with the girls but they move a whole lot faster than I do. I just like to mosey along - they cover ground! Yikes! I had to trot the whole way just to keep up! I was totally pooped when I got back to my happy place (the barn).
Today we were on trail again at 0700. Just me - because, after all - it's all about MEEEE! I really do enjoy our early morning rides - it's cool, no bugs, and it's just the two of us. Wish she'd leave the spurs home though.....
A very special thank you to Townline Equipment, Bob, Claudia, and cousins Marie and Pat. I couldn't do it without all of you.
Keep tabs on my adventures!
A note from Chris - Doc has been pretty subdued this year. He usually gives me a bit of attitude but he seems to be enjoying our rides more and actually seems to look forward to them. Maybe he's finally growing up - after all, he is 14!
14 August 2017 Well, she has added another work out to the daily regimen. Not only are we covering miles, I have to trot up and down a very long, very steep driveway four to five times. Harrumph! Talk about getting me pooped out! Can't wait to get back to the barn. Mom said I'm doing really well and covering over 10 miles in about 3 hours so I guess that's a good thing. The rumor at the barn is the girls are coming back from camp on Thursday. Have to admit I really like being an only child. I get pretty spoiled. 54 days to RIDE TIME!
12 August 2017 Well, we really put some miles on my new shoes today. Out on trail for 3 hours. I have no idea how many miles we traveled. I just know we went out real early and it was cloudy and looked like rain. When it cleared the deer flies were nasty. We went into Chittenden and I even got to run a lap around the monument in the middle of town! It was a fun ride. I'm getting more fit every day and trotting on all the dirt roads. Wonder how far we'll go tomorrow.
Thank you Mary C. for your generous donation and supporting us on the ride. Keep tabs on me and my antics!
11 August 2017 Doc here - just an update....I got my new steel belted Nike's today so we are ready to ride. I always step out better when I wear new shoes. Mom and I are on the trail every chance we get. She told me I have new traveling digs - haven't seen them yet but I bet they're pretty nice.
THANK YOU and a big horsey kiss to Kim M. for being our newest supporter! I have the BEST fan club! Horsey kisses to Cousin Kathy, Peggy W. and Pauline H. as well! My official horse decorator is Norma. She pinks me up and is the unofficial head of cheering!
8/4/2017 Doc has been informed we are again doing the Ride for the Cure. Other than rolling his eyes yesterday, he really didn't have much to say - until we got back from a five mile jaunt. Here is his take on it:
Hi everyone - The Docster here - well, she's doing it again (major eye roll). She took me from my leisurely breakfast 2 days in a row. 6:30 ride? Geez Louise - can't a guy even enjoy munching? Mom says I'm a blubber butt - now really - I'm just pleasantly plump. Of course, with my pasture mates away at camp I get everything all to me, even Mom.
Keep tabs on my blogging - it should get very interesting!
30 July 2017
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