Friday, September 11, 2009


I love all the cute things horses do, especially the things that seem unique to them. One such thing happened today, and I thought I'd share it.

I've mentioned before how Panama is much more affectionate after a ride. Lately he's been really vocal too. When I tie him up, anytime I start walking back over toward him — from the tack room after putting away his saddle or with a treat in my hand, from the hose after wetting the sponge (he likes being sponged off after a ride), etc. — he nickers to me.

Today we had a lesson (more on that later). Afterward I tied him up and unsaddled him, and as usual he nickered when I walked out of the tack room and gave him a treat. Then I left him tied and walked with my trainer to the gate. When I started walking back, he graced me with a long half-whinny-half-nicker. I laughed and said, "Oh, yeah?" To which he promtly nickered again. "Really?" Nicker. "Yeah?" Nicker.

He kept this up until I was standing right next to him. It was like he was having a conversation with me (albeit one that probably consisted of "Hi Mom!" "Hi Mom!" "Hi Mom!"). Seriously, how much cuteness can one horse display???



At September 11, 2009 at 5:24 PM, Blogger Nuzzling Muzzles said...

That's adorable. My horses usually only nicker when I dismount as a way of saying, "Thanks for getting off my back, you fatso."

At September 14, 2009 at 4:22 PM, Blogger Katharine Swan said...

LOL. Well, in Panama's case, it was probably along the same lines: "Thanks for not leaving me here..."


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