Sunday, December 12, 2010

Fred Makes a Break For It and Pie Snuggles

This is Fred:


Fred is in his mid-20s, and is a TB.  He's a sweet boy, but can be very silly, and is also, as we say, not the brightest bulb.  In his younger days, he could be quite a handful when leading to turnout and when playing in the pasture - he was know for his ability to leap and rear on the lead line when excited.  Now that he's older, he's somewhat better behaved, although he still likes to play a bit of mouth tag with Fritz - they have the same owner and have been together for many years - and also with Pie, and will try a little rear from time to time.  He's at the bottom of the gelding pecking order.  Fred is still mobile, but he no longer can move or run well - when he canters, he does a bunny hop with his hind legs.  He's got degenerative suspensory ligament desmitis in all four legs and his pasterns are heading for horizontal, particularly in his hind legs, which puts a lot of strain on his legs and also his hooves.

But Fred still manages to get around and enjoy life.  Yesterday, two round bales were delivered - I wasn't there but my husband was to help with the unloading.  To deliver, the truck with the round bales first made its way into the mares' dry lot, and then the gate between the mares' and geldings' dry lot has to be opened to let the truck through.  (Don't get me started about the poor design decisions made by the people - not horse people - who designed our barn and pasture layout 15 years ago:  gates in the wrong places and too small, no proper equipment access to a number of the pastures, etc., etc.).

When this gate is open, things can get tricky.  Yesterday, the person at the gate (not my husband) wasn't paying attention and Fred snuck through into the mares' dry lot.  My husband said he looked more interested in the hay than the mares, but Dawn was backing towards him - whether with amatory or aggressive intention we don't know.  Then, since the gate tender apparently still wasn't paying attention, Fritz slipped through - my husband said he looked like he was wanting to guard Fred.  Before things got dicey, my husband threw snowballs at Fritz and Fred and got them to go back in their proper pasture.

Pie, being a sensible horse, had stayed well clear of all this stuff.  When my husband went into the geldings' dry lot to help unload the bale there, Pie came up to him and stuck his nose into my husband's shoulder and stood there for several minutes while my husband rubbed his neck and shoulders.  Pie seems to really like my husband - perhaps he reminds him of the old man. My husband isn't much of a horse person, but says he really likes Pie.  Good Pie!

16 comments:

  1. If there's a gate open they will find a way to sneak through. Around here anyway!

    It's nice when the long suffering husband likes a horse. My husband always liked our first two horses, Lifeguard and Erik. The rest of them...not so much. There's nobody he feels especially close to. Pie is so special it's hard for everyone not to love him.

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  2. Having a husband who likes your horse is a major bonus. Good Pie.

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  3. Pie is such a dear... you really hit the jackpot with him Kate :)

    Love that your husband rounded the escapees with snowballs!!

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  4. Old guys gettin' stuff done! That's too cute, the way Pie loves your hubby. My mare is the same with my hubby and would do anything for him to lead her... silly horses.

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  5. Horses! Indeed, Fred is not bright to enter the mare pasture during feeding time. Kudos to your husband for throwing snowballs at them and warding off trouble!! Sometimes you've got to use what you have. And, Pie is a GENIUS--what a smart boy.

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  6. Pie must have read "The Silent Miaow" by a cat, translated by Paul Gallico. The cat offers advice to cats wishing to take over a household and notes, quite emphatically that the key is to win over the man of the house. *G*

    Leave a gate open and a horse will go through it. Non-horse people don't quite understand. I think and open gate is a horse magnet. Might be useful to remember some day when the horses don't come when you call. *G*

    Glad everyone ended up safe and no fight broke out.

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  7. It's so sweet when non-horsey men like a horse. Aw!

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  8. Sounds like some good improvisation on your husband's part with the snowballs!

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  9. That Fritz and Fred!!!!! Naughty old men! I love the thought of your husband and Pie bonding. That snuzzle sounds like Dawn's signature hug.

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  10. Go Fred! Us old guys have got to stick together.

    Dan

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  11. With Christmas so close, Pie is one smart boy kissing up to his new "Dad." Even smarter for staying away from the mares!

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  12. Ahh...the antics of geldings. I don't think they every really grow up.

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  13. Kate, That is so sweet that Pie came up to your husband and spent some time with him! He has such an endearing quality about him, doesn't he? What a special horse he is. And all of his special qualities get noticed and appreciated by you, a very observant, caring person. Good match for both of you!

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  14. It's so nice that Pie and hubby are friends.

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  15. Open gates are a magnet for horses and cattle. I think that's sweet about your husband getting a snuggle from your good horse.

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  16. I too am impressed with the use of snowballs. I have such lousy aim, I probably would have beaned myself.

    Sounds like your husband has good taste in horses too! :)

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