All About Manumit Horses (Evil Animals)

Aulay – obviously those bewildered by your photo caps for horses have not read your mother’s piece about Manumit and your feeling about all things equine. But then homework was never a big issue at Manumit. Barbara

Dear Judy, et al,

In the much ado about nothing category…Perhaps Aulay in his current decades is looking back at the four-legged competition of his first two decades when, as I remember, he was one of the better looking guys – as in “dark and handsome” if not tall – who “went around” with several (3? as I recall) attractive Manumit girls during my three years there. Perhaps during my first and your last year there, you didn’t give him his due in terms of attention to his “obviously superior male attributes” and instead lavished your attention on Tony or one of the other sleek equine specimens of masculinity, and hence the horse becomes an “evil animal” for usurping your valued tokens of affection and admiration. Or, perhaps Aulay isn’t jealous and just having a good natured poke at you, because he knows he can get a rise out of you as I seem to recall he did even while he was “going around” with Margie fifty years ago.

And aside from a different sort of romp in the hay, now mixed with manure, wasn’t the “horse squad” an elite (but hard work) alternative to scrubbing out the toilets or sweeping the dining room floor of a morning before one was allowed to eat breakfast? And as I recall also earned you the much envied right to ride at times when we lowly creatures had to wait until a Saturday morning to ride. As I recall Tony tried to “bean” me, a la Alice White, by running me under the branch of a tree. I still LOVED riding but didn’t get to do much of it until AFTER I left Manumit.

So lighten up, be magnanimous and let Aulay have his fun. It may recompense for all the work he’s putting into this Manumit web project. And, does it really diminish your memories?

I am sorry not to see you on the 17th. Next time!!

Love, Hildy

 

P.S. to all: In the Paul Mackey (sp?) department: I did get around the public horse back issue by going around with Paul (briefly) and got the special privilege of riding and being thrown by his horse. Then getting back on and making the horse ride in tight little circles which was actually what Paul had been training him to do.

EXTRA CREDIT PRIZE: anyone remember Paul’s horse’s name??? I do.

 

Dear Wallace,

Yes, I do recall … – nor is this my first reference to Tony’s attempt at my decapitation but ’tis lost in the Manumit Gazette cyberspace by now. And also lost is my recollection of the exact composition of that elite “Horse Squad”. I think it may have varied with those who currently had “curried” favor with ??? (did some one suggest George Jordan?) And I seem to remember Linda Stern being

Chair(person) of the Work Committee – was that the name? – and making all other assignments for the rotation of cleanp/maintenance duties. I really don’t remember Judy Van…being “into” horses or anything other than being a drama devotee. Wasn’t Judy Wolf on the horse committee? Nancy Peake, Class of ’53, was part of the REAL horsey set and owned one as I recall. And what was your first year at Manumit? It wasn’t until Fall of ’53 was it? In which case, Judy Van and Nancy had graduated.

As to Paul Mackey Taylor – he switched not horses but names in mid-stream and became Paul Taylor – how boring, instead of as you’ve done, I’ve kept the same name all along – just stuck the Lindlof in the middle. But I seem to remember he had much the same effect on me as on you – scared the sh.. out of me. as to his moods or was it lack of affect? which may account for the brevity of the liason. Aside from “…….” (remember it yet?) tossing me – I think Paul did,too – don’t remember if I was the tosser or the tossee –

 

Dear Judy VW and Aulay,

Judy, Aulay sent me the explanation! The use of evil is humorous and refers back to a comment his mother made about animals with teeth and is to be found on the web site. Aulay I mistakenly zapped your response before checking out the web page, please let me and Judy VW know where to find your mother’s thoughts on animals with teeth.

In light of strong feelings from us the horse crazy folks, is there a compromise here? A long title, beloved by students and also found evil by…. with a quote from your mom under the picture that explains to all why evil is used. I’m afraid not all of us have read all that’s on the web site. But, I’m going to get there and am very appreciative of all your work and love knowing the information is waiting for me. THANK YOU!! I have found the history paper totally interesting and learned a lot I had not known about the founding of the school.

Judy, Binky is not on the internet so has missed this whole exchange but, we know she loved the horses and would choose “beloved” in the title.

Judy F

Perhaps I am making something of nothing… but am confused as to why Aulay wrote ‘evil animal’ on the horse photos (one of me and Tony, one of Major etc.). When I complained he continued to make fun of this and suggest other grafitti for the photos. Judy Flynn has joined me in this objection to the defacing of other Manumiters photos to satisfy some personal joke of Aulay’s. It is true we were a group of horse crazy girls. We made pipe cleaner horses and loved currying and shoveling and stealing out in the dark of night to ride the meadows with rope halters. We took our horse’s seriously… we were horse crazy girls… but, I think, that should be respected… and not…fifty years later be used as a form of derision. If no one agrees with me, this will be my last complaint.. but please tell what writing ‘evil animals’ on old photos is all about.

Judy VW

 

Dear Judy VW and Aulay,

Judy, Aulay sent me the explanation! The use of evil is humorous and refers back to a comment his mother made about animals with teeth and is to be found on the web site. Aulay I mistakenly zapped your response before checking out the web page, please let me and Judy VW know where to find your mother’s thoughts on animals with teeth.

In light of strong feelings from us the horse crazy folks, is there a compromise here? A long title, beloved by students and also found evil by…. with a quote from your mom under the picture that explains to all why evil is used. I’m afraid not all of us have read all that’s on the web site. But, I’m going to get there and am very appreciative of all your work and love knowing the information is waiting for me. THANK YOU!! I have found the history paper totally interesting and learned a lot I had not known about the founding of the school.

 

Judy, Binky is not on the internet so has missed this whole exchange but, we know she loved the horses and would choose “beloved” in the title.

Judy F

 

Dear Judy VW and Aulay,

Judy, Aulay sent me the explanation! The use of evil is humorous and refers back to a comment his mother made about animals with teeth and is to be found on the web site. Aulay I mistakenly zapped your response before checking out the web page, please let me and Judy VW know where to find your mother’s thoughts on animals with teeth.

In light of strong feelings from us the horse crazy folks, is there a compromise here? A long title, beloved by students and also found evil by…. with a quote from your mom under the picture that explains to all why evil is used. I’m afraid not all of us have read all that’s on the web site. But, I’m going to get there and am very appreciative of all your work and love knowing the information is waiting for me. THANK YOU!! I have found the history paper totally interesting and learned a lot I had not known about the founding of the school.

 

Judy, Binky is not on the internet so has missed this whole exchange but, we know she loved the horses and would choose “beloved” in the title.

Ok, now it will be “Evil Spawn Evil”

Aulay

Aulay – Would you post this in the Horse Controversy section? I would send it as a group email but am not computer-competent. Thanks, Barbara

I have been trying to imagine how Billy would have handled the horse controversy. First, I see him clasping his hands behind his head and grinning. Then I think he would invite Aulay down to the Dairy for a milkshake or sundae and a ‘talk’. There, after praising Aulay’s enormous contribution in setting up and maintaining the website, and sympathetically probing Aulay’s aversion to horses, I think he would move on to Judy’s feelings about and commitment to the school horses. He might note how genuinely upset she was, asking if Aulay could understand that; how Aulay might feel if someone were to publicly demean something or someone he loved. As a Quaker, after seeking the best in Aulay’s nature, I think Billy would speak truth to power – it being Aulay’s sole power to caption photos and to re caption them. Returning to school, Billy would probably have arranged a time for Aulay in the Art room where he could fully and creatively express and release his feelings about horses – which feelings Billy himself was somewhat inclined to share. This I think would be the Manumit Solution, always seeking fair and even extreme ways to cherish each of us.

Judy Flynn has joined me in my objection to your defacing of horsepictures and your response, Sir, you may see as hilarious…… but I think you are not getting the point at all …. Please, no GRAFITTI on other folks pictures. You canwrite a diatribe about horses should you care to elsewhere. Can I get some backing here guys? Where are my horse-loving mates (besides Judy Flynn) Stand up and be heard!!!!! Bianca… what say you?

Judy VW

On Jan 9, 2006, at 10:31 AM, Aulay Carlson wrote: Judy, I’m heart broken. I never wrote “Evil Spawn”, I never thought of that. I wrote “Evil Animal” on the photos of the evil animals. But I will now go back and change them to “Evil Spawn”. Your name is much better.

Aulay

 

Aulay… WHY HAVE YOU WRITTEN ON MY PHOTOS of horses ‘Evil Spawn’.

Most of us horse-crazy girl were in love with our horses… Is it jealousy? Please remove graffiti from my photos, at least, if not the other horse photos. Is there something I’m missing? Some in joke I’m unaware of. If so, please enlighten me.

Judy VW

 

Dear Hildreth,

A beautifully written essay, my dear. You have shed a little light on who cared for those four legged steeds and, if you recall from earlier messages from me, I was not really into riding those unpredictable creatures (thanks to Tony who, like you, almost did me in by introducing me to the creek head first). So you schmoozed around with Paul for an ulterior motive? Tsk/tsk.

>My question is, was the pay-off worth the effort, if you get my drift. Paul’s horse’s name? Give me a couple of years, and I think I can come up with that one. Meanwhile, no one has yet stepped forward with the name of the girl with Harry Royce on the night of their accident. That’s worth at least a star and a half…

 

John & HorseHi everybody, won’t say anything about laundry, but will talk about horses. When I was a freshman at Morgan State University , I received a letter from Iris, that started ” Dear Johnny this is the hardest letter I have had to write”( for those of you who did not or don’t know Iris and I were an item at that time) Needless to say those first lines rally got my attention. MY FIRST DEAR JOHN LETTER. Not so she was writing to tell me that Tony, the horse had to be put down. Tony was my favorite horse and I spent a great deal of time grooming him and keeping his stall clean. I also remember having many ” heated ‘ discussions with the fiery redhead, (Ann McCarthy) about who was the fastest horse, Tony or Ceasar. Ceasar , was her favorite because he was a Morgan. My argument was that since Tony was a Quarter horse, breed to run the quarter mile faster than any other horse would prevail in any race. We had couple of races, both won by her and Ceasar, I am not sure if this was because she was a better horse person than me or if I weighed more than she did. Ann I still feel Tony was the better horse. Well guys that is just one old man’s opinion. Johnny

 

Johnny, Johnny

You were fast, but, your horse was not. Somehow, I am not as convinced as you that Tony was a quarter-horse. Whereas, Caeser was a Morgan and had that beautiful arched neck – he was highly favored by many. Does anyone remember a beauty black that we (or me) thought was a grandson of Man-of-War? Hmmmmm.

JK

 

Dear Johnny. Nice change of “pace” and nice picture. Any idea who’s in the background? Your picture of the barn and recollections have trotted out several of mine about horses. On one Saturday horseback riding session with George, I was riding Tony and he rode me so close under a tree that it threw me, much to my embarrassment. But, of course, I had to get back on. More embarrassing was the time I was riding Ivanhoe, Paul’s McKay Taylor’s horse. He had been riding him in tight circles all morning before I got on. Ivanhoe continued in tighter and tighter circles without heeding my direction. The more he circled, the more I slid to one side of the saddle, finally grasping him around the neck as I slid all the way UNDER his head, hanging there with my legs around his neck, holding on as long as I could until finally dropping to the ground, while watching his hooves coming menacingly toward me. He hooves missed me and since I was unhurt, Paul had me remount. This time I was stubborn and willed Ivanhoe go straight instead of in circles. One embarrassing episode in an afternoon was enough. And I never rode Ivanhoe again!! Thanks for the memories.

Hildy

 

hi john et al……i considered caesar to be a bigger challenge than tony. tony was a challenge because he was high-spirited and required a western saddle. i was much more accustomed to riding english. caesar on the other hand, would run away with you if you weren’t paying attention. when i could finally handle him, i spent many hours riding him both on and off property.

i was on the horse squad and i can’t believe that i did it. there was always the threat of rats when you entered the barn. i remember that once as i entered the barn…two of them ran out toward me in panic. i jumped up in the air to avoid them. missed one and landed on the other one. fortunately it just ran off instead of turning on me in fear. and, then there was the pure funk of it all. the horse shit…the burrs to be pulled from their manes and tails. i loved it!!!!! xo

Sue

 

Sue, Me too. Shoveling horse shit and currying horses was a beloved job of all us horse crazy girls. Did your class do the pipe cleaner horses also? Ah the smell… sheer heaven!

Judy Van

 

You were certainly missed at our latest gathering of the Manumit flock! I missed you especially because we never really got to say more than a hello at Woodstock this past July. Paul’s horse, yes, Ivanhoe. I remember him well because for some unearthly reason Paul let me saddle him up and go for a ride. Well, not quite that far. I walked him (not at a trot, nor a canter, just a simple saggy old walk) and just got by Ricky McDonald’s house on the right before passing the quad, when Ivanhoe decided to stop. End of story, and I wound up walking HIM back to the barn. I do believe that that was the last time I EVER got on a horse. I have always been afraid of those unpredictable creatures, and that horse had me pegged perfectly…

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