Wednesday, July 30, 2008

An intimate moment

Yesterday when I was at the barn, I got to witness a rather intimate moment between my horse and his girlfriend.

Texas is in heat right now, and has been coming on to both her boyfriends (remember their love triangle?) for several days. Usually she is a little more interested in her other boyfriend when she wants some action, perhaps because Panama is too young or too short, but this time she has been focusing more of her attentions on Panama. It's funny because when she turns her butt toward him and lifts her tail invitingly, she also squats a little in the rear, as if she knows she's going to have to help him reach!

Unfortunately, even though Panama does get visibly excited about her from time to time, he doesn't seem to have a clue what to do with it. Or maybe he's just being a gentleman and taking his time.

Anyway, yesterday I spied Texas getting into position and squirting (yes, mares squirt) at Panama. He did his normal number of walking past her, blissfully unaware. A few minutes later, though, I saw them standing with their necks crossed. Panama was nibbling on her shoulder and seemed to be... rather enjoying himself. She had her head down and was standing very still, like she was enjoying it too, and didn't want to do anything to scare him away.

Then Panama moved up — or, rather, down — a little and began nibbling under the curve of her belly, in front of her back leg — right where dogs like to sniff one another. Texas stuck her head under his belly, too, and sniffed his erection. Unfortunately, after a few more moments he just walked away, completely oblivious to the fact that Texas was happily getting into position for him.

When I first found out several months ago that geldings can still perform — just not with the same, er, enthusiasm — I was rather surprised. Panama seems to have missed the memo — though with Texas's patient instruction, I'm sure he'll figure it out. I think of Texas — who is 10 and had a foal once when she was younger — as his experienced older lover, like a teenaged boy learning the ropes from a 20-something or 30-something woman.

Horses really are funny creatures. It never ceases to amaze me how many human qualities (at least, qualities that we, in our arrogance, assume are unique to humans) they manifest.

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