Sunday, November 1, 2009

Happy Halloween!

It's a bit belated Halloween wish, but it's been a hectic day. This afternoon — what feels like eons ago — Michael and I went to the barn for our first real visit since the snowstorm. I was planning on riding, but I had forgotten about the barn Halloween party and potluck, which was already in progress. The indoor arena was jam-packed with horses in Halloween costumes, so I gave up the idea of riding.

Although Panama's corral is on the other end of the property, but he knew something was up, and was an absolute pill in the cross ties. So I took him to the outdoor arena and turned him out so that he could see what was going on.

One of the things the barn was doing was hay rides — someone (a friend of the owners, I think) brought in a couple of draft horses and pulled a big red wagon around the neighborhood. Shortly after I turned Panama out in the arena, they came back. He was so excited! He was on the far side of the arena at the time, and completely froze, watching them. I started walking toward the other end of the arena, and that seemed to "unstick" him: He cantered across the arena with his tail flagged, and trotted along the edge of the arena at the wagon's side as it pulled in for a new load.

When they left again, he did the same thing, and I managed to capture it with a cell phone video. Sorry for the poor quality, but I figured you might like to see it anyway!

Happy Halloween!



At November 1, 2009 at 7:53 PM, Blogger Nuzzling Muzzles said...

It's great that he ran toward it instead of away from it. Sorry you didn't get your ride in.

At November 1, 2009 at 8:03 PM, Blogger Katharine Swan said...

NM, I didn't even think of that, but he wasn't afraid of it at all -- he was too excited about the other horses to be scared! And actually, when he's in the outdoor, he'll trot along the rail to follow trucks as they drive past, as well. I guess he doesn't think they're scary when he's in the arena.

I made up for my ride tonight -- I'll post about it in a little bit!


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