Ain't nuthin like ridin' a finehorse in a new country- Augustus McCrae – Lonesome Dove
Thursday, October 15, 2015
Mares - Friends?
Colorful Bracken Ferns at the Bracken Tree Farm
Another simply gorgeous day! A very cold morning - became a very warm afternoon. I was just walking Farah down from the barn when the phone rang. Justin at the gate! I had totally spaced our farrier appointment! I was meeting Dena at Bracken Rd. & I knew she had to be on her way! I called - she was just past Lake Stevens on Hwy 9. I ran to the gate, let Justin in - then gave Dena directions to get to the Homestead. I had caught her just in time for her to make the turn! Thankfully - she had the day off & plenty of time to wait & watch as Justin did Farah's new shoes!
Bella & Farah
Soon, we were at the parking - saddled & on the trail. Dena hadn't been to Harvey Creek, so we went that way & the mares got a drink & touched noses. Ever since Bella had kicked Farah at the beach a couple years ago, we keep them somewhat apart.
Maples in yellow~
We meandered through the woods, enjoying the day, the colors & catching up on all that we'd both been doing. It had been almost a year since we'd seen each other. I'd missed the turn to the trail going to the river, so turned back. When I did & started past Dena & Bella - in a split second - Farah kicked out at Bella! She connected with Bella's shoulder! It was a relief that Bella didn't a have mark, but I instantly unloaded with my stick & hit Farah as hard as I could three times! At the third hit - she was ready to buck me off, I'd made my point.
Dena & Bella
Both of us were amazed - Bella had done nothing & Farah had caught everyone totally off-guard. So very reminiscent of when Bella had kicked Farah for no reason that any human would understand. It's hard to believe that Farah would have held her grudge & waited all this time to get back at her x-friend - but it's interesting to contemplate. We continued on our ride - over Tin Bridge where we stopped for a short break. We tied them a good distance from each other & neither bothered the other. Bella got an apple, Farah got her carrots & all was good in the horsey world!