The Winsong Farm annual Spring Fundraiser took place with two showings on May 25th and June 1st in support of Procyon Wildlife Rescue.

It was Spring Song’s first outing in front of an audience of about 100 people. On the first day, she was nervous. When the audience clapped she trotted around me. She had trouble focusing on playing with the toys. She pooped twice (this is from a horse that never poops in the arena)! On the second day, she played with all the toys, did not have a nervous poop and paid almost no attention to the applause. Interesting to see what the gap time between the first and second show produced.

When I look at these photos I’m convinced that this three-year-old filly is growing taller every time I see her! I remember the growth spurt Zelador and Zeloso had during their third spring. Wow!

Spring Song and I are developing confidence in each other. I’ve ridden her several times without a babysitter (watching me, not Spring Song) and a few more times without a longeing warm-up first.

At the fundraiser, in spite of her concern over the people in her arena she was able to nudge the big ball, open the mailbox and take out the baseball cap, walk over the bridge, get up on a pedestal, walk over the tarp and play with the EASY button.

I’ve taken her into the arena every day since the event. The first day, she was still distracted by the chairs set up for the audience. The next day, she never gave them a thought.

We ended the first fundraiser with Pax, Zelador and Zeloso sitting on bean bags. The sweeties pretty much sat simultaneously.

bean bags

Photos by Marie-Lynn Hammond, Ann Clifford and Allen Kaplin.