As I climbed over the fence I called, "Sunny" more than a bit anxiously, hoping he'd whinny at me - which he hasn't done since he's been at J's. I think he's sulking. But even as the final syllable left my mouth I heard his high-pitched wheeeniiie and spotted him trotting(!) up the fenceline toward me. More enthusiasm than he's displayed in a long time, that's for sure.
Completely ignored by the three horses, but stalked by Eyore, I slipped his halter on and jumped on bareback - which didn't last long, unfortunately. I probably should have led him farther away. Almost as soon as my leg was over Eyore made a dive for Sunny's tail. And let me tell you, that small, belligerent long-eared critter can really move. Every time I swung Sunny to face him, Eyore'd spin inside and end up behind us again.
I really, really wanted a lunge whip or a spare lead or something that would have worked to chase him off with, but nothing was handy. Sunny was a star, listening to me and not kicking at him, but honestly I've seen less determined stock dogs!
After a few minutes of futile escape attempts I slid off and chased Eyore away on foot while the other three horses watched me curiously. I probably could have gotten back on at that point, but I was already getting chilly so I collected Sunny and walked down the hill to check the stock tank. The water wasn't down too far, but I figured I might as well fill it anyway. Sunny was happy to hang out and be fussed over, and the sun felt good.
Tank full I thought maybe he'd be in a hurry to get back to the other horses, out of sight up the hill, but he walked along next to me with no hurry whatsoever. When I slipped the halter back off Sunny followed me to the fence and watched while I climbed over and headed back to the truck.
|"You're not leaving, are you?"|
Poor pony! He's going to be really pleased to see Rufus later this week!
|"Can I please go home now?"|