For a major dose of Christmas cheer, follow this link to the YouTube video of the Moore County Driving Club Holiday Parade.
2010 Southern Pines Holiday Carriage Parade
The gorgeous pair of white horses with red trim under their harness is my gorgeous Cream Draft team, Lucy and Joy. They did beautifully in the parade, other than a slight shy at the big railroad tracks. I am so proud of my girls!
TBone comes along , too, driven by the husband with a reindeer friend. They, too, performed well. Nobody got hurt and the horses are fine, despite the really horrible weather. Thirty-seven degrees and pouring rain--the absolute worst possible conditions to spend the morning outside. My gloves got wet and my fingers froze into agonizing sticks. The daughter (in red antlers) ended up doing most of the driving, but that's okay. She did a great job (of course.)
For the record, washing a draft horse requires at least one and a half hours. I spent three hours washing horses on Friday, when the outside temperature didn't quite reach forty. At least the sun shone during the process, unlike Saturday, when I stood with them in the rain for most of an hour before the parade started.
Still, we had a wonderful time. It's a pretty great start to the Christmas celebration, decorating horses and carriages for a ride through downtown, smiling and waving at the shoppers. I can hear "Silver Bells" now...
Hhmmm. Maybe that will be next year's theme!
Warm at last,