Sunday, August 17, 2008

The whole range of horsey emotions

It always surprises me what a rich range of emotions horses display. Yesterday evening, I hung out with Sara, who just started leasing one of the other horses. I talked to her for about an hour, petting and praising and scolding Ozzy (the horse) during this time.

We were standing in the wash rack with Ozzy in the cross ties, and Panama's stall door opens into the wash rack, so he was able to see the entire thing. He stared at me for a long time, and then he started doing more and more obnoxious things to get my attention — chewing on the wall, kicking his door, etc.

What really surprised me was that even after Sara put Ozzy away and left, Panama continued to misbehave — even when I tried to put him in the cross ties to groom him and give him attention. He made it perfectly obvious that he was jealous and that he was holding a grudge. In the end, all I could do was get done what I needed to (i.e. cleaning his wound) and leave, in the hopes that he would eventually get over it.

And sure enough, today he behaved like his normal, adorable self. Keeping yesterday's fit of sulking in mind, though, I was careful not to let him see me giving any other horse more than their fair share of attention!

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