Sunday, June 19, 2011

Drift Checks Me Out

I made it to the barn very briefly yesterday to say hi to my horses while they were in their stalls having dinner.  Pie was Pie - very sweet and friendly.  He apparently got a bit warm and had been brought in a bit early - the heat index made it up to the upper 80sF - and his back seemed a bit tight to me, but he was eating and didn't seem uncomfortable.  Dawn was Dawn - she's in heat (again) and was happy to take my treats but somewhat, shall we say, distracted.  Drift was very friendly.  And then he did something very interesting.  I have lots of cuts and abrasions - on my face, my left knee and my right hand, to name some.  Drift very carefully sniffed me all over, paying particular attention to my exposed cuts and scrapes and my left shoulder area, where the worst injuries are, and my face and neck.  And then he tried to clean the abrasions on my right hand by licking them - I didn't let him do that as the skin is still very raw and I need to minimize the risk of infection.  He had clearly assessed the situation and was trying to help - he's a very sweet boy!

26 comments:

  1. Oh, Kate, what a touching story about Drift. He is a sweet heart too like your Pie boy.

    Keep healing. Seeing your horses will help - but you already know that!

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  2. Oh my. Horses are so amazing. :)
    Glad that you are up and about.

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  3. Interesting... I know some dogs will do that, I've not heard of horses. Very sweet boy indeed.

    Nice to hear you are up and about =)

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  4. Oh, he's just like a concerned puppy dog! How incredibly sweet!

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  5. Hi Kate!....I have just been catching up on your blog! Been in the wars girl!.....Glad you are on the mend, your right it could have been a lot worse.

    So chin up, and keep positive! best wishes.

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  6. Very interesting, and it brings to mind the dogs that can pinpoint cancer in people. I believe that horses are empathetic with their humans, which is why we can bond so closely with them. I don't know if you read the blog Equine Insanity, but she has done a few posts recently on this subject.

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  7. That is so touching, how sweet!

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  8. Oh how sweet. Drift wanted to help fix your hurts. Glad you got to visit with your horses :)

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  9. That is so darn cute! There is no doubt how intuitive horses are, Drift may be just a bit more in touch. Good Drift!

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  10. I think that often people (and horses) who are really intelligent and perceptive sometimes have a hard time "screening out" distractions (like Drift seems to sometimes). But he obviously has a good head on his shoulders. I thought Mark's comment about how he has the potential to be your go-to horse was really interesting.

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  11. Perhaps Drift is a "healing horse," at heart. It's pretty obvious he noticed your injuries and was concerned. What an angel to be so attentive.

    Spend as much time with him as you can. I have a feeling his presence will go far in helping you recover.

    Pie and Dawn are good for the soul in another way, but affirming that all's right with the world, even when you aren't quite....

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  12. Good boy Drift! He was trying to heal you...

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  13. Awwww...I second what Jean said. What a sweetheart, he wanted to take care of you.

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  14. I am not surprised! Not one bit! I also happen to think that his cleaning you is nothing short of totally wonderful. I'll bet his big ole nostril was waaaaaaay cute when it was sniffing the bloody spots--all flarey and interested. It was probably like reading a book for him. He sure sounds sweet. You have such a nice collection of horses.

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  15. Glad you were able to visit with your horses. Drift is amazing, trying to heal his mom. What a cute guy.

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  16. What a wonderful story, thanks for sharing.

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  17. Horses are so amazing and how wonderful that Drift is so bonded with you already that he wants to help. A few years ago, Flash nipped Brett on the chest which was very strange behavior from Flash. It turns out Brett had a cancerous lesion in that exact spot. I think Flash was trying to perform the surgery. :)

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  18. I'm with Annette (I think I heard a definite click ;o) There's nothing to compare to that kind of deepening bond. Hope you are back in the saddle quickly girl!

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  19. Aww! How sweet!
    -Minibeginning

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  20. Bar is always interested in where I'm hurt, even when he himself has caused it.

    And Dawn and Lena must be on the same (again??) cycle.

    Of course, now I have to read back through your blog to find out what the heck happened!

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  21. Hi, just found your blog, looks like you have some really nice information and articles on here!

    Sounds like Drift is a super sweet boy, who ever would've thought a horse would do that.

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  22. I am catching up with your blog.

    That is lovely. I had that experience with Ben once, when I burnt my wrist quite badly and after the dressing came off he bent his head and licked my wrist. Quite unexpected and quite moving. How complimented as well as comforted I felt and I am sure you did too. Don't undersetimate Drift's healing powers.

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  23. They're amazing, right? So delightfully surprising. You just have to be quiet and open enough to see it. What a sweet young horse.

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