Saturday, April 4, 2009

Playtime at the barn!

My horse has been very playful lately. I've noticed before that once he gets truly comfortable at a barn, his playful nature comes out. Well, it's out now — and silly me, I keep forgetting my camera to get some pictures of it!

Last weekend after I blanketed Panama, as I was standing there talking to the barn's owner, he walked up to the alpha gelding and started trying to get him to play. Today after I blanketed him, he started doing the same thing with a completely different horse.

I was again talking to the owner, and he turned to me and said, "Do you know he rears up?" — meaning when he plays.

"I haven't seen him do that in a long time," I answered. Seconds later, though, Panama did just that: reared up trying to get the other horse to play.

The other horse did play with him a little, and I got to see them both rear up together several times as they play-fought one another. Then they ran back and forth a few times. Well, mainly Panama did this, plus a lot of dancing around and these funny little half-turns in the air. I think he was trying to talk the other horse into it!

As I was getting in the car to leave, 10 or 15 minutes later, they started doing it again, so I sat in the car and watched for a little bit. Panama really gets going when he wants to play. It's adorable — I'll have to try to get some pictures of it next time!



At April 4, 2009 at 9:13 PM, Blogger Nuzzling Muzzles said...

That is fun watching horses play. Bombay and Gabbrielle had the fits in the wind yesterday. They were rearing and bucking until they were almost vertical. Lostine was so intimidated by it all that she kept hiding behind the barn.

At April 5, 2009 at 2:27 PM, Blogger Katharine Swan said...

Lostine? Intimidated? That's hard to picture. :o)


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