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17 September 2004 @ 11:02 pm
Here is why my horse wins the Cuteness Award:

Before riding today, we pulled Oso's back shoes. As you know, they were loose, and the farrier was due to come today or tomorrow. Or Sunday. Anyway, no shoes were better than loose shoes. Trouble is, it really threw Oso off. He was walking strangely (might've be in part to the small cut above his front right hoof, too); it was worse when I was actually on him. So, after working the other horses, we medicated and bandaged his cut and put Os and Dante in the pony paddock.

Now then, the horse's regular paddocks are a swampy mess. There is little drainage (we're working on getting that fixed for next year!) and we've had lots of rain. So, when we turned the two horses into the level, dry, grassy enclosure, Oso's ears pricked up. He curved his neck. His tail flagged. He took off at a dead run, kicking and bucking and twisting. He stopped, head high, before tearing off again. He extended his forelegs, stiff and unbent, like a mustang stallion. He only stopped this jubilant activity to - you guessed it! - eat.

Kevin the farrier came not long after, so we brought Oso up to the tack house to be shod. He stood there rather patiently (he's really so very good about the process!) as Kevin set up his equipment, including his 'fly spray'- that is, his fan. It is brilliant, really, and yet so simple: the fan blows the flies away. So, there Oso stood, the fan blowing at him. His eyes were half closed; no doubt he was thinking "I'm running in the Kentucky Derby. I'm the fastest horse in the world! Feel that wind against my face!"

Then, he lowered his head to the level of the fan. He stood there for several minutes, letting it blow his forelock back. After a little while, he lipped up a fallen leaf, let it go to toss in the fan's breeze, picked it up again...

Yeah. He was actually playing with the fan. Cutest horse, ever.
I feel: gigglygiggly
rrrragganald on September 18th, 2004 03:03 am (UTC)
I squeakloveslastbreath on September 18th, 2004 04:50 am (UTC)
ok, so you dont know me, but that has to be the cutest thing i have ever heard.. =D my friends horse likes to cross his legs when hes tired of waiting... then when you go to get a camera to take a picture of him... he uncrosses them and sticks his tounge out. I used to think that was the cutest.. but i was wrong.. ok.. im done blabbing =) have a great day

~Liz @};--
Adrienne C.adrienne429 on September 18th, 2004 05:36 am (UTC)
That is just so cute! I'm just amazed.
Nimnimue9 on September 18th, 2004 08:18 am (UTC)
~snuggles horsie and coos baby-talk~
La Petite Souris Scientifiquemelebeth on September 20th, 2004 06:40 am (UTC)
I already was madly in love with Oso from when I was sitting by the tack house last year and he tried to eat the top of my head (is that grass? It's the wrong color! But it's dark! It might be grass! Let me taste it!), but that is just the cutest thing ever.