Every year Danada Farm has a Fall Festival. We went last year and Gavin had a great time! He loved a horse there named Shadow and really, really hoped to see him again.
We started out in the main barn, where we met a very friendly quarter horse mare named Sweet Cheeks. We almost didn't leave her stall.
But we did leave, and went in search of the guest barns to track down Shadow.
We were in luck! We found him, and his owner remembered us from last year, AND we got to see him perform. He is part of the Midwest Renegades Riding team.
His owner let us into his stall and happily answered all our questions. We learned that Shadow used to work at Medieval Times as a jousting horse, but is now "retired" to the drill team. We also learned that horses need to see the dentist every year or two, because their teeth never stop growing and need to be filed down.
She even let Gavin feed Shadow a peppermint candy - just like the ones people eat after dinner!
Shadow and his owner in the ring. Yes, that's green and purple glitter on his rump:
Gavin is completely interested in horses now. Not just because of this event, but he also has a book about a real-life mini miniature horse named Einstein. So he loved this "chart:"
We're already looking ahead to next year's Fall Festival!