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Recently Melvin gave me a lesson in brushing a horse’s mane…..The hair that grows on the top of their neck and then lays down the side….I was a little concerned that they might not like it at first because their hair was twisted into “ropes” from not being brushed in a while….Melvin hadn’t done it himself since his second stroke.

I have to admit that I had an ulterior motive, but I was up front with Melvin about it…I wanted to get hair from each horse so that I could braid it and then take the braids to the book signing this Saturday. I wanted people to be able to actually see the difference in the color of their manes and feel the texture of horse hair.

Melvin got a few laughs out of the whole experience…He found himself sitting in his golf cart with five baggies full of horse hair…that alone was worth a laugh and then he got to watch me try to ever so delicately comb through huge knots of hair.

A few days later I tried again and I worked on Mac…I didn’t get a lot of hair, but Mac LOVED being combed…I combed and combed and combed him and when I would quit and start to walk away, he would follow me and stand waiting for me to start again. The images above are of the “styled” Mac….I am pretty proud of myself….BUT…..the best thing from the whole experience??????? On my first day, I combed awhile and then walked away to get a shot of the other horses…when I turned around, this is what I saw…..
These famous words say it all……”A pictures worth a thousand words….

MELVIN COMBING BOB. all rights reserved. 2013
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  1. The top two photos are what we expect from you, a different perspective of horse photography… and these are magnificent… the bottom photo brings a touch of moisture to my eye, but then I’m prone to it of pictures showing the love of an animal… and this one just ooozes love…
    Good luck with the book signing, and I hope that you sign so many your hand can’t pick up chocolate, oh I forget you have two and I’m pretty ambidextrous when it comes to chocolate… have a wonderful trip and don’t get so famous that you forget about us plebs…

    1. I get a touch of moisture looking at it too….I’m going to go down and pick up an enlargement that I had made of it……….yesterday he had me put the horses in at the end of the day…I got to unlock the door to the barn and let them all file in, then latch it behind them….then I helped him get a halter on Mac, the horse in the top two photos…it was tricky, but between the two of us we got it done….and then he sat on the little seat of his “walker” and just watched the horses eat their oats and hay….hay that he planted. He just watched them…and as I write this, I can see the look in his eyes…..and mine start to fill with tears…….a gift to be there with him and them….just a gift that I’ll treasure the rest of my life.

  2. Well, you do obviously have some skill with a brush. 🙂

    The book signing sounds completely exciting, and I LOVE your idea of having braids there for your readers to appreciate. Awesome idea! But yeah….that last image of Melvin and Bob – WOW! Just wow! Suzanne, it’s true that most people go through life barely scratching the surface of it. But not you – you grab hold and you make your mark. I’m forever impressed and inspired by your love and passion for life and for the people and things which are important to you. Thank you for sharing that.

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