Friday, 15 March 2013

Fairfax - settling in

Well, I've had my teeth done (long job; the dentist said they'd been badly neglected), am now up to date with my vaccinations, and have had my back sorted out (MUCH better), so I'm settling in nicely. Thank you for asking (well, some people did).

And the reason I'm looking a bit hangdog (why do dogs get into everything)? She's spent ages washing my legs, and I want my HAY. NOW!

Pretty please?

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  1. Good to see Fairfax a happier horse than before! I wonder what can be done for a horse with back problems? Some kind of physio?

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    1. It's a kind of manipulation. It seems to work wonders!

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    1. Not the best picture of him. I wasn't wearing my glasses!

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  3. So glad for you, Frances, especially the leg wash. And I trust Fairfax is okay too.

    Ah. Um -

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  4. How does one know when a horse's back is sorted? [Serious question. I'm not being funny.]

    He does look rather hangdog as you say.

    The OED says: "a despiciable or degraded fellow fit only to hang a dog, or to be hanged like a dog."

    Helpful? No.

    However the origin of hangdog apparently is grisly: It seems that in antiquity, dogs and other animals were sometimes convicted of crimes and sentenced to death by hanging. Centuries later, this reportedly happened in England as well. One report from 1595 notes that a dog was so executed "for inflicting a fatal injury on a child's finger." Shakespeare himself makes about a half dozen references to this practice.

    Hangdog, then, is thought to allude either to the look on a doomed dog's face or to the characterstics associated with.

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  5. You're beautiful, Fairfax. You must be very relieved to have your teeth and back sorted out. I hope you enjoyed your hay. x

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    1. Thank you, Joanna. He's not pretty, like Titch, but can be very handsome on a good day!

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  6. You won't be looking hangdog for long, Fairfax - now you have Frances taking care of you :-)

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    1. He's being terribly spoilt, Teresa, but he's a very nice person so it's hard not to overindulge him!

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  7. Glad you've had your problems sorted and are settling in, Fairfax.

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  8. The visual clue notwithstanding, I didn't realize it was Fairfax speaking until I reached the second paragraph, Frances.

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    1. An easy mistake to make, but my back and teeth are fine at the moment!

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  9. Handsome Fairfax, don't look so glum, Stand up striaght and have some fun.

    Okay, so not the best verse ever :-)

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    1. He does tend to stand like that, but looks lovely when he holds his head up...

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  10. I know nothing about horses, but he does look very handsome, Frances.

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  11. I'm sure he'll be a very happy boy from now on.

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  12. Aw, it's lovely to see you looking so spruce, Fairfax - hope we hear more about you soon.

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  13. Maybe I missed it, but how did you come to find and buy Fairfax? He seems so far removed from your beloved (and ours by-way-of his blog!) Tish?

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    1. I bought him in December. He's not a thoroughbred, so not as beautiful as Titch, but he's a sweetie. I'll try to post a better pic next time!

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