Weekend Coffee Share; May 1st Birthday Fun!

Welcome, can I get you a cup of coffee or tea? I think a nice big glass of ice tea is in order as it is the afternoon here as I get to this special day written out and shared. Today is my sweet horses birthday and although it is not a particularly special year, it is his first birthday with me. I adopted Murphy from a Thoroughbred horse rescue who takes in Off The Track Thoroughbreds and finds them a new career. Murphy’s Jockey Club name is Midnight Murphy, I had to call him Murphy as the name fits so well. He came from Oklahoma from Horse and Hound Rescue Foundation and he arrived last year on May 22, 2021. I can’t believe it has been a year in a few weeks that he arrived. Today I celebrated his birthday by making a few video’s of my weekend and I bought him a few horsey made treats to spoil him. Haha, he was probably wondering why he got an easy free fun weekend and extra carrots, apples and these yummy sweet treats! We are just crazy horse people!!

I do not know Chloe’s birthday as she is not a registered breed. She was from a rescue though so I know the year she was born. She turns 18 years old this year and I shared with her the treats I brought to Murphy and I bought enough treats so I could share with other horse owners (and their horses) at the barn. I am so proud of Murphy as he is a fine looking 4 year old thoroughbred. πŸ˜€

I hung a Happy Birthday on his stall. I will share a video I made of him eating a few treats. Yummy, he kept looking for more. I do not normally hand feed him and will put all carrots and treats in his bucket, but today is a special day and he will be fine if I go back to putting the treats in his bucket. Feeding treats by hand can encourage them to possibly nip your fingers. I do feed Chloe by hand and she is gentle and has never bitten me or gotten aggressive in any way. Murphy is so young, he already tries to put the lead rope in his mouth, he is like a toddler wanting to put everything near him in his mouth. I have had to pull my sweatshirt out of his mouth and sometimes my shirt. He is getting better as this year has passed, keeping the treats out of my hand has been extremely helpful in him learning to let things go and it doesn’t belong in the mouth! Haha, he’s such a baby but this year has grown tons in respect and in size!

Murphy enjoying his birthday treats! He is so very sweet and looks forward to our time together each day!

At our local feed store I heard they make horsey birthday cakes and when I got there they had packaged up horse donuts and donut holes (made with grains and horse food with sprinkle icing. They can eat sugar, think sugar cubes and peppermints. Murphy does not like peppermints yet, Chloe loves them!) The icing we were curious and tasted and it is just sweet icing like on cookies. The horses loved these treats. I asked about a horse cake and they said the lady that makes them will be in on Tuesday. Oh shoot, I didn’t realize you had to place an order for a cake. So donut holes it is as to me they looked like small cupcakes. I decided for next year he will turn 5 and so I will plan and order a cake then. I continued shopping and found the Uncle Jimmy’s Squeezy Buns. I put one on top of the container so you can see they are all individually wrapped grain filled molasses scrumptious horse treats! YUMMY! I shared with others at the barn handing out the Squeezy Buns! Hahaha!! πŸ˜€

Murphy’s second time with the big ball. Wait for it, I did get a reaction from him! Silly boy!

I can’t believe how laid back this horse is to be honest with you. He really doesn’t want to exert a ton of energy. There are horses at our barn that run around and kick at this ball and there is one horse who will bend down with his knees and try and squeeze the ball between his front legs. He is very energetic and runs all around. Murphy? just meanders around, runs a little because it was coming after him there for a second. Haha, but he meandered back to it sniffing it. I just loved how he pushed it with his nose towards me, which makes me wonder did he want to play? Haha, horses do not think like people do but they are very smart. They can learn words and he responds to “Good boy” and he knows these words, “walk”, “trot” and “canter” and “whoa” for stop. Horses LOVE routine, because they know what to expect and they learn much easier if you keep their routine as close to the same as possible. It’s okay to deviate some days for enrichment and for learning new things, they learn that much faster when their routine and safety is A-Okay!

As I enjoy Murphy I also enjoy my other horse Chloe and she is very spoiled and loved too. I take her out on the trails and I took a few photos with a girlfriend who joined us today. The Jacaranda trees are starting to bloom. We rode by one before I realized I should have taken a photo so in front of us was a baby tree and the tree behind it is a huge Jacaranda that is just beginning to bloom. I’ll share the photos and ask you do you need a refill? I think I will get one as I finish up this post.

I can’t believe it is May 1st! This day now has new meaning to me and my life since it is Murphy’s birthday. April was a great month and went by way too fast. My husbands birthday was April 13 and my daughter’s was April 14 and she was at training for work in Colorado and for my hubby that day was a Wednesday. I made the day as special as I could and I think I forgot to share in my last blog post. Forgive me family! Haha, if they ever read my blog. I do not think any of them do. I have a couple of sister’s that read my blog from time to time. As I share my all about horses blog, you can see I do sprinkle in the family happenings.

As I write this my son in Arizona has been applying for jobs outside the state. He has a job interview at the University of Maryland Teaching Hospital in Baltimore this coming Thursday. It would be better pay and advancement opportunities but oh my, it’s across the country. I am thankful I have a job that I can take many vacations so I can visit my only grandchildren if he should be offered and if he takes this new job. I am so excited for him but a bit sad they will be so far away. We will see what happens!

I’ll end with this selfie. I took several with Murphy and I like them all for different reasons but I will only share one, hard decide which one to choose! πŸ˜‰ I hope you all have a wonderful week ahead and thank you so much for stopping by my coffee share and If you care to share, what’s been happening in your week?

Happy Horse Loving Grandma,

~Diana ❀

24 thoughts on “Weekend Coffee Share; May 1st Birthday Fun!

  1. Coffee for me please. Black. OMG! We don’t spoil our horses a little bit do we? LOL.
    I use to get off the track thoroughbreds and give them new jobs to do. I made sure they had a good β€œwhoa” on them before they left Double D Acres. New owners had to spend a day with me. I turned several people away.

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    1. Black coffee coming right up!! I’m mild compared to some people at my barn with the spoiled happy birthday decorations etc… One lady had a happy birthday hat she puts on her horse. Hahaha!! 🀣🀣🀣 We are sooooo bad… Spoiling mom’s!

      That’s so awesome you worked with off the track thoroughbreds too. Boy, there sure are a lot out there needing new jobs. It amazes me really. And you hit the nail on the head, teaching them a good “whoa”. I’m working on that now!! I’m glad you were picky with people you turned away!! πŸ‘πŸ€ 

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  2. HAPPY BIRTHDAY Murphy!! ❀ It was so nice and kind of Murphy to share his birthday treats with the others ❀ My boy loves his peppermint treat I always give him all his treat both by hand and his grain bucket so he doesn't always think he will get them out of hand. πŸ™‚ Your probably know this but in the race horse world all thoroughbreds have a birthday on Jan 1 each year no matter what month they are born so unless someone know the right day and month that is when they considered turning another year older. I love the video and pictures your babies are so beautiful and sweet ❀

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    1. Thank you so much for the birthday wishes!! ❀️ Yes, I know about the Jan 1st birthdays but since that isn’t important to his life with me I thought I’d celebrate his birth day. Thank you for your sweet, kind comments about my ponies. They sure make me smile and are fun to spoil! ❀️🀠🐴❀️

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      1. They deserve to be spoiled πŸ˜€ Yes I would rather celebrate the real birthday I don’t know the day or month that Blue was born so it will always be Jan 2 of each year since that is the day he came to be mine. πŸ™‚

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      2. That’s a great idea to celebrate Blue on Jan 2 of each year. I wish I thought of that with Chloe. It’s been so many years now I don’t remember what day she became mine. I’ll just celebrate them together now in May! Haha!! ❀️🐴❀️

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  3. Hi Diana, Happy birthday to Murphy! You look good together in your selfie. Chloe is so sweet at 18. You’ve taken such loving care of them. I hope your son’s interview goes well but I hear you about the longer distance for you if he gets the job offer and decides to take it. Thank you for your weekend coffee share, photos and videos. Have a wonderful 1st week of May!

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    1. Thank you so kindly Natalie! I know Murphy enjoyed all the extra treats he received yesterday. We will see what the future holds and enjoy this first week of May!!

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    1. Thank you sooooo very much for your wonderful kind comments!! Next year I’ll order a horse cake for him as I’m curious how they’ll make it! πŸ˜€ Thank you for stopping by!!

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  4. In Florida I got some Squeezy buns treats for Biasini. But then I had allergy testing done on him to get a an answer to why he always gets hives in Florida and it turns out he is allergic to oats! He is now on desensitizing injections and I think he could probably enjoy the squeezy buns. So I am going to try them. There are very few oats in them anyway. I love the selfie of you and Murphy. It is lovely and such fun. Happy Birthday Murphy!πŸŽ‚

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    1. Oh Wow! That’s interesting he’s allergic to oats! I’m so glad you had him tested and I agree I don’t think there is very many oats in the Squeezy Buns. Thank you for the birthday wishes for Murphy πŸ’™ and that you like my selfie! I can’t believe I was able to get the perfect angle where I got both our faces in the photo! πŸ₯°

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  5. Thank you for the coffee Diana and happy fourth birthday to Murphy! πŸ₯•πŸ₯•πŸ₯•πŸ₯• What a lovely way to celebrate with delicious treats for all and the wonderful new home and life you are giving him. Here’s to many more happy birthdays to come and please give sweet Chloe and Murphy a big pat from us all πŸ€—πŸ§‘πŸ΄ xxx

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    1. Thank you so very much Xenia! It was fun to celebrate his birthday and share treats with everyone. I will give them a big pat and sending pats back to Eivor and Pearl! ❀️🐾🀩🐴🀠

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  6. May is a great month for a birthday (we have 5 May birthdays in our family), and it’s always a great time for yummy treats! Your horses are lucky to have you. As for your grandchildren – I hope it’s always easy for you to see them!

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    1. Thank you so kindly and wow, that’s a lot of birthdays in May for you all!! Thank you for stopping by and for such wonderful comments. I hope I can visit my grandchildren often too!!

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  7. Feels like Murphy has been around longer, I remember you introducing us to Midnight Murphy and now wasnt it only just yesterday when was very afraid of the ball I see getting used to it hahaha time flies.
    I have been chuckling to myself over the squeezy buns hahaha
    ~B

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    1. Yes, in some ways it does seem like Murphy’s been around for a long time now but then like you say, it was just last year he arrived into my life! 🀠 Time does fly!!

      Oh and hahaha, I giggle all the time at that name of those horse treats Squeezy Buns! Uncle Jimmy is from the South who created them and what a sense of humor!! 🀣🀣🀣

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