… and pass the time with my equine entertainment coordinator … the comic, Shakespeare … as we engage in a little horse play.
You all know him as Bear, of course, but that doesn’t alter the fact that my four-legged thespian loves to put on an act and delight whatever might constitute an audience in the small barn where he lives.
Yukking it up and flashing those pearly whites for the camera is one of his many pleasures.
This week the topic of conversation around the barn has been the mucky-ness of the paddocks.
While these green spaces recover from the ravages of winter, the horses are on hourly rotation out in the sand ring which is itself a mire of mud and murkiness. This schedule will continue until the paddocks are demonstrating more resilience and the grass has had a chance to grow.
Like all the other horses, Bear cannot resist the urge to drop to his knees and roll … and roll … and roll. The current soft squooshiness of the sand ring makes this a particularly appealing pastime.
Yesterday Bear’s blanket, as evidenced by this image taken in said paddock with his buddy, Sam, was absolutely filthy. He has the role of mudslinger down pat.
Later, as I was photo-documenting the results of his shenanigans in the barn he decided to be the centre of attention for his own reasons, and proceeded to ham it up for the camera.
Naturally, the bucket of carrots at his feet had something to do with it. Like all great entertainers he expects to be rewarded for his efforts.
Aries is looking for a best supporting actor nod as he rests his chin on Bear’s rump trying to get in on the action.
You can see how well that’s going over.
This is my escape from the world and its drama.
After a couple of hours with Bear my perspective on a broader world beyond my control changes as I realize the amazing influence I can have on my horse and he on me.
My heart goes out to all whose lives have been radically changed this week by terrible events … and not just the ones we know about.
Nurture what you love … and create a happier world for yourself and those within your influence … while the chance is yours.
Be well …
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