The biggest happening on our cul-de-sac is Chuck and Elisa's annual picnic party. It's a mix of neighbors, friends, coworkers and relatives. Last year Boomer was invited, and he was a huge hit. This year Bob graciously gave us the okay to use Boomer for surrey rides. Boomer, having pulled a beer wagon for a very famous brewery*, is a rock-solid driving horse.
That's Boomer in the lead, on the driver's right.
We never take Boomer's good character for granted, and we always do our homework to make sure that everyone has a fun and safe time. So party prep started on Thursday, with David and Boomer driving the route. They also practiced standing patiently so folks could take time getting in and out of the surrey.
Friday was beauty shop day. David washed Boomer's feathers until they were blindingly white.
Unfortunately, after a week of gorgeous weather, Party Day dawned cold, windy and rainy! In the best interest of horse and humans, we scratched the surrey rides. Boomer is snug in his stall, munching hay, and David and Chuck have snuck off to the basement to watch the Preakness. For a former Maryland boy (David) and a former jockey (Chuck), that's a win-win.
* The very famous brewery doesn't want its name used by people that have horses from the hitch. I don't really understand their point of view, but I try to respect it. You'd think they'd be happy for people to know that the Clydesdales go to loving homes after their glory days in the hitch.