Feed Me!

In my family, all the animals view me as the food lady. A walking Pez dispenser. In the mornings, our three cats watch me carefully, waiting for the flicker of an eyelid that will give them “permission” to beg for breakfast. They never wake me up; they know better. But once I’m awake they are […]

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Everybody loves Curly

How could you not love Curly? She looks like a cuddly stuffed toy with her long eyelashes and Bashkir Curly coat. My daughter loved Curly when she was younger because Curly was so gentle. Horse love Curly, too — she is the “go to” horse for all our newcomers, making them feel at home. Curly […]

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Turf wars

For the past few years Freedom has led the life of Riley. As the only gelding in the herd of four or five horses, he’s taken for granted that the mares belong to him. Then came Sheldon. Freedom and Sheldon get along fine when they are turned out together, but as soon as Freedom senses […]

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The evil eye

I enjoy watching the herd dynamics among our group of four horses. Interestingly, while Freedom is the only gelding, he’s also the boss. Mostly a benevolent dictator, he makes his feelings known by giving the evil eye. Occasionally, he’ll give Willow a nip (if she’s trying to eat his grain), but more often just nasty […]

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Re-establishing the pecking order

Freedom’s returned to his natural state – a herd animal. Between the weather and his lameness he had several weeks  where I wasn’t able to ride him and he’s been living out in the herd with his four mares. Yes, he’s the only gelding right now and he definitely likes it. When I don’t ride […]

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How Horses Make Friends

Last Tuesday my friend Alison brought her horse Van to the barn while she finds him a home. I hoped that bringing Freedom a friend would cheer him up, as he’s been acting depressed since Kroni died. However, Freedom has made it clear that having another horse in his pasture is not the same as […]

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