Thursday, September 2, 2010

All fired up

I've been meaning to post these pictures for days, but Panama and Spaghetti had another playdate on Tuesday, followed by a short ride. Panama hadn't been out much lately and was all fired up so it wasn't the best ride, but it wasn't terrible either.

It probably would have been a better ride if Panama had had a more satisfying turnout beforehand. Unfortunately, while Panama would prefer to do more of this...

Horses running and playing

Horses running and playing

...Spaghetti is not as energetic as Panama, and would rather do more of this...

Horses playing bitey face

Horses playing bitey face

...and even a little of this.

Horses walking around

Panama likes bitey face is happy to oblige...

Horses playing bitey face

...but he does get a bit crabby about being pestered.

Horses playing bitey face

Sometimes Spaghetti doesn't take no for an answer, and Panama has to put him in his place.

Horses playing bitey face

Horses playing bitey face

Undaunted, Spaghetti just keeps at it!

Horses playing bitey face

I love watching the boys play, even though I know Panama would rather do more running. After they played bitey face for an hour, we were walking them back over to the lawn to hand-graze them, and we passed a horse being turned out in the other outdoor arena. He and Panama were clearly sending strong signals to one another, because the horse kept running along the rail near us, while Panama pranced in circles around me, his tail curled over his back.

We let them graze for an hour or so before we rode. Tina the tame calf, who was grazing in the yard too, kept walking around beneath the apple tree, trying desperately to get to the apples. She has already eaten all the apples within her reach.

Cute calf trying to eat apples out of the tree

Tina isn't as big as the other calves born at the same time as her, since she was ill and had to be bottle-fed, and yes the tree is fairly small too. I held down a few of the branches for her so that she could reach some apples, and then hand fed her a couple of apples, so after walking around under the tree like this a bit more, she came over to where Spaghetti's owner and I were sitting.

After sniffing our faces and necks (cow breath smells nothing like horse breath) and licking our hands, she tried eating my hair and then grabbed my water bottle, pulling half of it into her mouth before I was able to pull it back! Needless to say, I didn't drink out of it again — Tina is adorable, but she slobbers more than a dog!

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