Thursday, January 29, 2009

Work Horses

The horses didn't get worked yesterday afternoon because wet snow made the footing too dicey. When I took the dogs out around 16:00 Tonka and Raven came to the pasture gate to watch us play, and after I put the dogs away they were both waiting expectantly at the main gate. As I approached Raven gave the low nicker she reserves for those times when she's especially happy to see me, and when I stood by the gate she put her lip on my forehead and nuzzled it back and forth like crazy on my face and in my hair. That moment of tenderness left me breathless, and I was very sorry to disappoint her by breaking our routine. The weather is supposed to be wet and warm over the coming days, so I will try ponying Raven around the paddock (good footing) on a lead line. Wish us luck!


Grey Horse Matters said...

Aww, that was so sweet. Guess she missed your rides together. She looks like she's wearing lipstick.

dp said...

That's just a random picture off the internet (Raven has black lips, just like the rest of her) but I included it because I thought the same -- that horse has lipstick!

Brandy said...

Aww, she loves her human! And she was happy to see you! That is one of the greatest sounds in the world, isn't it?

reens - da teengs ya holds wen yooz rideeng da horsee!

Funder said...

Isn't it just the most wonderful feeling in the world when your horses want you to "work" them? :D

uperp: you're the malfeasor!

allhorsestuff said...

That pic is cute and I had to go back in your posts to make sure Raven was indeed all black..then I say your response to GHM!

What a nice moment with her nicker and nuzzle. It does just hurt my heart too when Wa is still standing at the gate and I have to drive away.
Hope that it warms for you indeed..!Luck to you and have fun!

Black Jack's Carol said...

Good luck, for sure, with ponying Raven on the lead line. Loved your description of Raven's show of affection. I think that breathless feeling is what it's all about.