We have a lot of stuff
planned for you today. Gonna get your hair done. Get all fancy. He’s like, “This wasn’t here before.”
“What is that?” Grandpa Waffles is a Belgian draft horse, and he is somewhere around
30 years old. He had been working on a farm
his whole life. Worked day in and day out. He was pretty neglected. He came from a feed lot,
and it’s where horses go before they ship to slaughter. A woman I know contacted me about him. She wanted to see if we wanted to kind of give him a chance
and see if we could help him. When we first got him,
he was very shy of people. So you could tell that
he hadn’t been handled in a nice manner.
Or even just shown any kind of affection before. And he would just kind of do his own thing, mind his business. If we would go over to the gate, like, he wouldn’t approach us. Fast-forward to today. If you approach the fence line,
he will come over looking for treats. He’s a totally different horse. When we first rescued him,
we had a couple, Lauren and Jim, who are amazing.
And they wanted to name him. Since he’s a Belgian draft horse
and they love Belgian waffles, they thought it’d be really cute
if his name were Waffles. We went with it. And he has just kind of
earned the nickname “Grandpa” just because of his demeanor.
And he has kind of taken some of our younger horses
under his wing. Thor is about four years old. He is a Dutch harness horse,
and he was born with deformed legs. Tucker, nobody could handle him. He was sent to an auction. We stepped in and took him. The three of them actually
get along really well. They’ll be off playing, and he’ll just be keeping an eye on them,
watching them. And to me, that was just a grandfather and a grandchild. Waffles builds that relationship with them and kind of just looks over them,
watches over them. We want to be able to spoil him
for as long as we can. And what better way
than to celebrate his third year of being rescued?
He starts a completely new life. He has new family. We figured it’d be a great way
to just celebrate Waffles, and do some special things.
[LAUGHTER] We are going to braid
Grandpa Waffles’ mane so that he looks all fancy. Maybe add a few flowers
here and there. AnnaLisa is going to give him
a sports massage. We figured the massage
would be perfect for Grandpa Waffles. Loosen him up a little bit. Loosen his muscles. Make him a little spry,
especially for today, since we’re gonna be walking
around a bit. We’re gonna let him graze
for a while. He just gets to eat
basically all day. We also have some vegan cupcakes
which we’re going to attempt to see if he wants to try. I don’t think he was thrilled at the carrot cupcake. I think it was a little too soft f
or his liking. Although I figured that’s why he would love it. But it was a no go for him.
[LAUGHTER] I think the massage
was his favorite part. He was very calm
about the whole thing. And you could tell
when she got to certain areas that he was like, “Oh, yes.”
Like, “This is what it’s all about.” “That’s the spot.”
So, I think he really enjoyed it. Today, Grandpa Waffles
was definitely spoiled, and I think he felt that for sure. With the extra treats, the massage,
the hair braiding, I think he could tell. I wish him many more years
to come. I hope to be able to celebrate
again in three more years. It’s important to me to show people
another side to animals that they may not always get to see. They all have different personalities. They have different likes
and dislikes. They’re no different than the animals that we keep in our house. Than us. They want to enjoy life too.