Friday, March 27, 2009

The snow's over and we're feeling good...

In true Colorado style, after it finally stopped snowing this morning, the sun came out and the snow on the roads and sidewalks melted. Where I live we got about a foot of snow (it slowed down a bit after two hours of whiteout yesterday), but it's supposed to be in the 40s and 50s this weekend, so I'm guessing it will be all gone soon.

The barn owner managed to take Panama's blanket off this morning, though I had a talk with him because he did it without haltering and tying Panama. (I don't want Panama to bolt and wreck his blanket again, like he did with me a few months back.) I went back just before dinnertime to put the blanket back on him.

When I got there, Panama was quite happily sunning himself, and was a little annoyed at first about being disturbed. However, when I brought out the blanket he seemed happier than usual to get it on — that is, he didn't do his usual trick of acting like it was going to eat him.

Afterward, he was feeling frisky, and started harassing the alpha gelding: He walked up to him and started nipping at his neck, face, under his chin, etc. I wish I'd gotten some pictures! The alpha nipped back a few times, but wouldn't play with him, and eventually Panama gave up. However his method reminded me of how his donkey friend used to harass him in order to get him to play.

Anyway, I'm hoping to get out there again tomorrow for a little bit. The pasture will soon be a swampy mess, so I'll try to go early!



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