Wednesday, September 15, 2004
Pat and I went riding this morning. Precious is so fat that she does not want to let anyone ride her. To bad I am going to ride! She has this thing where if she does not want to do something she starts backing up. Now backing up is not the easiest thing for a horse to do. Their muscles and joints are not made for it. It is a taught behavior not a natural one. In nature horses turn around not back. Anyway back to the ride. Precious did not want to go thru the gate to go out in the field to ride, she started backing. She is a champion backer let me tell you! I had her head pulled back towards her butt.. I mean tail so hard it looked like that was where it belonged! She kept on backing... and backing until she had backed up about 30 feet. Finally she got tired of it and decided to go thru the gate. But wait NOT over yet... she decided that in order to go thru it she had to put me into gate post, lucky for me and maybe her she stopped before my leg hit it. Into the field we went. It was a cool 70 degrees with a light wind blowing. The leaves are falling off of some of the trees now. The squirrels are jumping from tree to tree and down to the ground to gather up their nuts. Bees are buzzing around gathering up the fall pollen to fill their hives. Overhead were 4 buzzards gracefully floating on the air currents casting shadows across the fields below them. At times they would swoop low enough that I could see their red head and yellow hooked beaks. Precious was just plodding along like an old nag because she is so fat. When we get back to the front field our neighbors pup caught a baby rabbit and took off with it. Pat said the poor thing was squealling so loud! He took off after the puppy, Crystal was very willing to do that. She is not fond of dogs. The pup finally let go of the baby. Pat found it and picked it up, it was still alive and apparently unhurt, but it was slobbery wet! He took it back across the field close to where it was caught at and released it. I hope it survives. Sometimes a wild animal with human scent on it will be killed by the others. Precious decided the ride was over. Nope I made her ride for another 30 minutes. She needs the exercise as much as I do! I hope we can do it again tomorrow.
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