Thursday, December 24, 2009

Holiday Cheer

'Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the farm
Not a creature was stirring, trying to stay warm;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;

The horses were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of mango slices danced in their heads;
And having finished the chores, I in my cap,
Had just settled down for a long winter's nap.

When out in the field there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below,
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a giant draft horse seeming to float in the air.

With his big fat belly and enormous toes,

I knew in a moment it must be Brego.
Released from his stall and dashing in the snow
He was running and bucking and looking to show.

More rapid than eagles his hooves they came,

And he snorted, and neighed, and I called him by name;

"Now, Brego you are too big to call this play!

You scare me I will be crushed where I lay!

When you leap in the air and jump the wall!
Now settle down, before you kill us all!"
Then Brego stood still with a twinkle in his eye
And he answered me back before leaping to the sky.

"All our time together, you have wanted to run
And jump and play and have so much fun.
Now I enjoy going fast as much as you do
and jumping so high to the birds we flew.

So why now do you get way too scared?
It seems like just now, we've finally been paired.
So relax just a little and in time you will see
I am an equal partner and you can trust me.

Just now I was practicing to be light as air
So I can win at dressage with little care.
And the running is good for building my heart
Remember how boring it would be to pull a cart."

His eyes -- how they twinkled! his big goofy ears how merry!
His coat was all dappled, his nose like a cherry!
I smiled to myself, remembering the time
He saved a jump distance, a mistake that was mine.

And then there was the time, he took care of my dad
carrying him softly with all the skill that he had.
And of course, he saved me when I hurt my back,
moving carefully home to keep me in the tack.

"You are right, my big man" I said with a shout.
"You've taught me so much, you are the best mount
For all my adventures, I am sure that is true.
And there is no doubt, how much I love you.

But get thee to bed, before we miss St. Nick.
And in the morning, you will have a special gift.
We will play together in the driven snow
And package our adventure with a giant red bow."

Then with glee, he turned 'round in the snow,
And I lingered at the window to watch him go.
He had a broad face and a giant round belly,
That shook, when he played like a bowlful of jelly.

He sprang to his stall, with a neigh loud and clear,
I am so lucky to have a horse so dear.
But I heard him exclaim, ere he dove out of sight,

"Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night."


Anonymous said...

Very nice! Thank you, and a merry Christmas to you and yours!

Mrs Mom said...

Merry Christmas to you guys!

Sylvia said...

That was awesome, daun!! Merry Christmas, my gentile friend! ;)

Dragonfly Dressage said...

a VERY MERRY Christmas to you Daun and to ALL your family as well (two legged and four)may 2010 bring you great joy and may you be blessed with health,happyness and good fortune.

Andrea said...

That was awesome!!

JeniQ said...

Merry Christmas Daun to you, Brego and your family!

Anonymous said...


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phaedra96 said...

Brego. The Clown Prince.

jacksonsgrrl said...

How abso-freakin-lootly CUTE!!! :)

Jean said...

Just got caught up. I didn't realize you were posting.

What a dreadful thing to happen to your back, but what an absolute saint Brego was on the trip home. It proves his worth, love and loyalty beyond the pale. Wow!

Hope your holidays were full of joy and you have been able to ride a little in the snow...such fun. If not riding, then the skijoring. (Did I spell that right?) Must be a blast!

Wishing you fulfilled ambitions for 2010 and beyond!

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