Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Broken hearted

Panama's devoted little heart is broken — his best girlfriend and pasturemate, Daisy, left yesterday afternoon.  I was going to try to make it to the barn, to say goodbye as well as for emotional support, I suppose, but I had a busy day and was just plain beat by late afternoon.

As much as I hate to admit it, though, maybe being separated from his favorite horse ever was actually a good thing for Panama.  She was extremely buddy bound, and I think it encouraged him to be that way, too.  Plus, now I have him all to myself, so to speak: When I arrived this morning to take off his blanket, he was so happy to see me he started whinnying for me before I even got the car parked.

I took his blanket off (which had been on since Sunday night since the wind chill was so bad yesterday) and turned him out in the arena.  He got a really luxurious roll in — the kind where they roll all the way over to get the other side not just once, but about five times, back and forth — and then ran and ran with very little provocation, tail flagged.  I don't know if he had a lot of anxious energy built up from worrying about why Daisy had left, or if he just was feeling good without his blanket.

He still seemed a little needy, so I lunged him too.  He was fairly good, a little distracted but still willing.  I ultimately decided not to ride, though — I'll give him a day to adjust, and ride him tomorrow.  I think it was enough today to just spend some time with him and give him some exercise.



At November 30, 2010 at 6:15 PM, Blogger Sydney_bitless said...

you know a horses worth used to be measured by how many times he could roll completely over.

At December 19, 2010 at 7:31 PM, Blogger Katharine Swan said...

Lucky Panama! LOL


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