Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Emerging playfulness

I almost forgot earlier to post about Panama's recent playfulness!

He has never been particularly playful with objects, although I think his little trick of trying to take off my hat or giving my parka's snap-on hood a good yank is his way of trying to play with me.

Lately, though, I've seen a little bit more playfulness coming out in his personality. A week or so ago, I was watching him roll a corner-shaped tub that came out of the shed. (Not sure what it's for — maybe holding a mineral block? — but that's where it was...) He startled himself once when he tipped it up and it fell back down, but after he recovered he quite happily flipped it over onto the other side. It's in a different place every day, so I suspect this is a regular thing.

Today while I had him turned out in the arena, I took off one of my gloves and started playing with him — balancing it on his head between his ears, letting it fall to the ground, etc. He tolerated my idiocy pretty well, but when that glove hit the ground, he mouthed it a little, grabbed it with his teeth, and started shaking it around!

I've never seen Panama play like that, and in fact, I've always been a bit jealous that other people's horses (such as Bombay from Nuzzling Muzzles) can be so playful. But maybe that's just something Panama had to grow into!



At February 3, 2010 at 4:26 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's fun when they're playful - their personalities emerge more.

At February 3, 2010 at 3:41 PM, Blogger Katharine Swan said...

Thanks, Kate -- I quite agree! :o)


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