The farrier will not be coming this weekend - darn it! Seems he'd rather be off attending the Black Hills Stock Show than bent over underneath a horse out in the cold. Go figure - LOL!
And I can't really say that I blame him. The annual stock show in Rapid City is a major Event, capital "E" and all, in this part of the country. It runs - this year - from Jan. 30th through Feb. 8th. There's (of course) the ranch rodeo and the ranch horse competitions, a banquet & ball, a western art show, a couple of sanctioned QH shows in addition to the (multiple breeds) cattle shows, the horse auction, the cattle auction, a poker tournament, a quilt show, a trade show, sheepdog trials....
There are the celebrity guests, including the Budweiser Clydesdales of commercial fame. And the classes and/or demonstrations ranging from ultrasound to quilting.
And did I mention the trade show? LOTS of things to drool over there.
So, as I said, I can't say I really blame the man for turning down the opportunity to stoop over in the cold and pick manure out of my ponies' feet. I'm kind of jealous, actually!