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Blog: Michaela Bancroft
Michaela is a down to earth, honest woman who only wants to work with her animals, spend time with her family, and teach kids how to ride horses. She isn’t happy murder seems to follow her and throws her right into the middle of them. She’s smart, savvy, and has a good sense of humor. Most importantly when Michaela loves someone (be them human or equine) she loves them with all that she has.
One of my favorite things about horses is that each one is different. Each horse has his/her own special personality and unique take at the world. Oh sure, they are pack and prey animals so what they know best is—get away. But when you take some time to really get to know an individual horse, I think you will be surprised.
I have a horse named Bill right now who I got from a friend of mine whose daughter headed off to college and didn’t really want to sell the horse but wanted to be sure he also didn’t just sit in the backyard. So, she called me and I opted to take Bill in. Now Bill is an old 3-day event horse. Well, he isn’t all that old. He’s only 16. He is a big dark bay New Zealand Thoroughbred who knows how to do his job. At first when Bill came to the barn, I thought he was a bit aloof and standoffish. He didn’t seem to want much to do with me or any of the other horses. However, after a few days I noticed him warming up to me, watching me as I went about my chores in the barn. I started spending some extra time with this horse and sure enough discovered he has the personality of a teddy bear. He loves to put his head in the crux of my arms and have me scratch his ears. He closes his eyes half mast and basically dozes while I tell him how wonderful he is. I have officially fallen for this horse, and he for me because I am the only one in the barn who he allows this close to.
Now I suppose I should give this 3 day eventing thing a whirl since I have a horse I can trust and one I like. Maybe in the next Michaela Bancroft Mystery (out this summer) you will see me switching from reining to eventing. Stranger things have happened—like stumbling over dead bodies. Hmm…that has happened to me as well. Well, I suppose there might be one of two of those in the next Michaela book as well. See you soon and wish me luck with Bill and not finding anyone murdered any time soon, at least not until August when the next mystery will be out.
Horses are the love of my life. They are loyal, sweet, and gracious companions who do more for the human spirit than any other being I have ever encountered. I love all animals though. Here at the ranch we have a lot of flora and fauna around. As spring is here, the birds are chirping away and one of my most favorite birds to watch are the hummingbirds. I enjoy watching them flit through the air, their little wings going a hundred miles an hour. They come in a variety of colors that light up the sky for me. Since there are so many around, I decided this year to hang feeders and make up some nectar for them. I found this easy recipe on The Smithsonian national Park site.
Directions for making safe hummingbird food:
- Mix 1 part sugar with 4 parts water and bring to a boil to kill any bacteria or mold present.
- Cool and fill feeder.
- Extra sugar water may be stored in a refrigerator.
- Red dye should not be added.