Today when I went in to sit with my herd, Amber and Rosie were right there in my space as soon as I sat down. The matriarch, Lady, was a few feet away, and just watched. Both were particularly mouthy today, each licking an arm. I had to move them out of my space quite a few times with each taking only one step back, waiting a few minutes, and then back at it again. Today Rosie did something different though, she put her nose to mine and breathed in my breath, indicating intimacy. That was very nice. Rosie eventually wandered off to graze as did Lady. That left me alone with Amber, which of course I was waiting for.
Amber did some of the usual, face to mine, muzzle to lips, but today she also lowered her head in front of me so that she wasn’t towering over me, much more intimate. I stroked under her chin and long beautiful neck. It was so soft. There seemed to be a lot of eye contact today as well.
That didn’t last long however as she started mouthing the bag I held in my lap. I take it with me each time I go to sit in the pasture and I keep a notebook in it with a pen, just in case I feel the urge to write. Today I didn’t. She actually started grabbing the notebook with her teeth, through the bag. So, I just went with it. I pulled it out thinking she wanted me to write….so I sent out the question about what??….I got a tune….When I look in your eyes I get lost, I wrote those words as that was all I could remember of the song. Then she positioned herself to the side and started mouthing the pen in my hand. I once again went with it. I held the bottom of the pen as I was afraid she would swallow it. She moved it around and applied pressure on the paper. We did this for only about 5 minutes as she started applying so much pressure the pen almost cut through the paper, you can see this in the picture. So I stopped the freestyle art in my lap and told her good job though I had no idea what in the heck it was, which I said to her! I was laughing. I told her none the less I was very proud of her first drawing. I stayed for a little while longer not wanting to go in, just wishing I could live in the pasture with her today, but…alas, I am human and I had to leave!
What do you see in this drawing? Do you see a message? Do you see things from her environment? Was she trying to communicate? Or, do you just see horse play? There are two angles to view it, the direction she was standing when she drew it which is sideways, and the drawing facing me as she drew it, which I have marked. Comments requested!!!