Wednesday, September 25, 2002
Trout Lake Newswriters
Sandi Thygesen, 395-2318
Terry Scott, 395-2760
"Hello, I'm calling about our horse."
"We don't have a horse."
"No, I'm calling about OUR horse."
"We DON'T have a horse."
"NO! I'm calling Terry about OUR horse!"
"Terry DOESN'T have a horse!"
"NO! I'M CALLING TERRY ABOUT MY HORSE!!"
So began the conversation between my husband and Stan Trout when Mr. Trout returned my call about his horse. Most of you probably don't know Stan and Janet Trout, but I bet you all know their horse, Annie -- Annie, the Swayback Horse.
Annie's become a landmark on Highway 141. "My car broke down. Can you come and get me? I'm about a mile south of where the swayback horse lives." That kind of landmark. People stop from as far away as Kentucky to take pictures of Annie.
Mr. Trout had no idea he was buying a landmark when he went to auction about five years ago. According to Mrs. Trout, neither of them knew much about horses. They just wanted a horse to eat down the vegetation in their fields and, maybe, go hunting with once in awhile. When her husband returned home and took Annie out of the trailer, she thought, "Oh, my goodness." Seeing the look on her face, Mr. Trout explained, "She had a saddle on when I bought her."
Annie was about 15-years-old when she came to live with the Trouts. They were told, after they brought her home, that she had been used as a pack horse and was put into service too young and/or had to carry to much weight. Aside, from her swayed back, she's a very healthy girl. So when someone suggested they could get a good price for her if they sold her for dog food, they were appalled.
Mrs. Trout says Annie's a pet. She's friendly and gentle and smart. She's so gentle with her playmates, the chickens and an English Bulldog, as well as the Trouts' grand children, never rearing, biting or nipping. And she has the added bonus of not needing a saddle when the four-year-olds want to go for a ride.
Annie spends her days in the field we see from the highway and another behind that one. When she gets bored or can't find a tender morsel in the fields, she just opens the gate and lets herself out into the yard. She loves the sun, and often, in the winter, when we see her in the front corner of the field, she's there to catch a few rays. Her barn and stall are in the back of the long carport.
Annie especially likes food. She's always at the gate whinnying at feeding time. Her chicken friends are given the table scraps, but Annie always comes running to share in the chickens' snacks.
Annie likes it when people stop to visit and take her picture. She really likes it when the visitors bring carrots or apples for her.
Those of us who travel up and down the stretch of Highway 141 between Trout Lake and the river have come to love Annie, even if we didn't know her name before. I think she represents our hope than we can enjoy ourselves and bring as much joy to others as much as Annie does when we're "put out to pasture." Thanks to Stan and Janet Trout for giving Annie such a good life.
The Trout Lake Scholarship Foundation thanks everyone who donated to and bought from the big rummage sale over Labor Day weekend. Over $5,000 was earned for scholarships.
The Mt. Adams Baptist Church Ladies are at it again, planning and preparing for a get acquainted coffee. This year's theme is the late sixties/early seventies. There's limited seating, so make your reservations early. It will be held on Saturday, Oct. 12, at 3 p.m. at the Trout Lake Grange. The cost is $5. The entertainment is always worth more than that! Call Char Lambert, 395-2802, to make your reservations.