If you bought Favorite Horse Quotes Calendar you would know that today is Black Jack, the Caparisoned Horse's birthday
The Caparisoned horse is the riderless horse who follows the caissons (6 horses pulling the cart which carries the casket of the fallen soldier). The caparisoned horse represents the soldier who will no longer ride in the brigade. The caparisoned horse wears the cavalry saddle, the sword and backwards boots in the stirrups, symbolizing the end of his tenure. If you watch any footage of military funerals, you will see this horse. ~ source here
Foaled January 19, 1947, Black Jack was a coal-black Morgan/Quarter Horse cross. Named in honor of General of the Armies John J. "Black Jack" Pershing, he was the riderless horse in more than 1,000 Armed Forces Full Honors Funerals, the majority of which were in Arlington National Cemetery. The photo here was taken November 24, 1963 at the funeral procession of President John F Kennedy.

Black Jack was famously strong-willed and difficult; jigging and prancing and tossing his head during what should have been somber occasions. Every picture I found of him online showed his feet were moving, and his head was in some stage of tossing, or being restrained by his grim-faced handler. Video here. In spite of this (or because of it) the crowds loved him, and his career as the riderless horse spanned 24 years. He died on February 6, 1976 and was buried with full military honors.
In honor of Strong-willed Black Jack, get some FREE Strong Black Coffee
Buy a QuenchWater logo'd Baseball Jersey, get a FREE 8 oz QuenchWater Coffee
QuenchWater Coffee is roasted, blended and ground in a circa 1922 brick building in Alexandria, Indiana. Formerly the Glove Corporation, maker of Dura-Bull Gloves, it's now home to a number of local small businesses. Harrison Street Roasters makes their coffees in small batches, using a vintage roaster. HoofPrints is proud to join the ranks of their other customers; most being upscale restaurants located throughout the state.
The backstory on the QuenchWater brand: You see, my farrier husband likes his coffee black. And strong. So strong that he describes it as "Strong enough to float a horseshoe." And thus the idea for Quench Water Coffee was born. For the uninitiated, quench water is the water that farriers and blacksmiths use to quickly cool their heated horseshoes and what-not.
Farriers who travel empty their quench water bucket between stops, but the water in stationary shops is not changed. It lingers forever and takes on murky, mythical qualities. It's even said to be a reliable cure for poison ivy.
This Two Tone Heather Baseball Jersey is super soft. The lightweight, cotton/poly blend is designed for comfort all the way around, from the removable tag to the flatlock seams, easy moving 3/4 length raglan sleeves and raw serge shirttail hem. It's screenprinted with HoofPrints' own QuenchWater Coffee logo.
Wanna know all the horse related holidays and anniversaries? Black Jack's birthday is one of dozens of interesting dates in the 2021 Favorite Horse Quotes Calendar
Each month has all the traditional holidays noted, as well as dozens of fun and interesting horse related anniversaries and holidays.
12 months of beautiful full color pictures, along with a few of my nicest HoofPrints products that coordinate with the quote and the art pictured.
Shown here is January; "ONE DAY, OR DAY ONE - YOU DECIDE" is a quote from the new Horsespirations book (that's here)

*Each month has a special Coupon Code to be used for big savings on selected items that month. If you use each code your net savings for the year will be over $150!

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FREE collectable magnet - Limited edition!
This new magnet features the January photo from the 2020 Favorite Horse Quotes Calendar along with a quote from Horsespirations. It measures 3.5" w x 2.5" tall and is FREE with any order placed at HoofPrints.

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Valentine's Day is just around the corner
When I ran out of these a while back, I had people begging for them...
and it was such a disappointment to not be able to fill their orders. Farriers, bless their hearts, would see it in the catalog - and make a mental note to buy one for their sweetie for Valentine's Day, or birthday, or just because... with their next order of invoice pads or other business supplies. We'd had it for years and it was always available - then the manufacturer discontinued the lovely lavender color I'd been using. And I couldn't find a replacement. After two years of looking I found this v-neck t-shirt dress (night shirt) that's even better than our original! It's softer (100% cotton) and more feminine. I revised the artwork so that it works around the neckline for an integrated look. Color is called raspberry, but it's more like a dark (not bright) pink.
These long T-shirt dresses are screen printed with little horse and farrier logos along with phrases unique to only farrier households:
* How many horses did you do today?
 * How did you get that bruise/cut/burn?
 * I promise I won't kick you.
 * Hoof smoke makes your hair smell good.
 * No horsing around tonight.
 * Do you want me to rub your back, again?
 * It's too bad toothpaste won't remove that blue nail residue from your lips.
 * Really, I don't mind the smell of thrush on your hands.
 * You're not putting me in cross-ties!
 * Did you eat beans for lunch or work on an abscessed foot?
 * Gee, do you think that toenail will fall off?
 * Settle down or I'll twitch you.
and more...
Gina Keesling started HoofPrints in 1986 to provide helpful promotional materials for farrier husband Rob. Along the way she added a fun selection of horse and dog products geared toward women of a certain age. This newsletter is emailed to subscribers a few times a month. Watch for sales, stories (including stories about things like vintage farrier rigs) and more.
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