Drowsy Water

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

As the Ranch Turns

We have received the phone call once or twice. 

"We'd like to film a reality show on your ranch. Is there any good drama?" the person on the other end asks. 
"Why certainly," we reply. 
"Do they hang out, have boyfriends and girlfriends?"he continues.
"Yes, of course," we say.
Then, dramatically, the person asks greedily, "And do they fight over friends or lovers?"
And we honestly respond, "Oh, yes. You should see them. They are so nice sometimes, grooming and necking or going for long walks together then other times they are so mean--chasing, kicking, even biting each other."
"Kicking and biting?" he asks, the astonishment clear in his voice.
"Yes, of course. What else would you expect for horse drama?"
"Horses?" he asks, still unsure what in the blazes we are talking about. 
"Yes, Horses. What did you think we were talking about? Horses have all kinds of friends, lovers, and battles for both. Let me tell you about them..."
And so the story really begins.  
 
Horses, you see, are not much different than kids or teens. They have old friends, they make new friends, and they lose friends. They have crushes and they get hurt and act out when their friends and crushes don't fell the same way. With a herd of 120 horses, we get to see all of the drama unfold each summer. Just ask your wrangler and they'll give you an update of our very own Drowsy Water Ranch horse soap-opera. 
For example, we have a few well-established horse relationships. Here are just a few...
  • Sally, one of our our big beautiful draft cross horses, hangs out with Rosie, a little mare, and Bob, a big black draft. 
  • Biscuit, a big bay is desperately in love with and violently protective of Pebbles, a Canadian Draft. 
  • Storm and Lacey, the paint team of two, are rarely see without the other. 
  • And we have a pack of rebbles that always come in late on round-up: Cookie, Trio, Mystery, Peppermint, Czar, and Zorro.
  • We have more than a few odd matches. Crackers, our small halflinger pony is best buds with Kenya, a huge Shire Mare. 
  • We have a few leaders. Midnight, with her long flowing black main, is the queen-bee of the herd.
  • Then you have the loners, horses who seem to have issues socializing. Pee-Wee, Abby, and Chick are all a little on the hermit side.

 Horse socialization is a key component of a healthy horse life. Our horses get plenty. So if you'd like an idea for a real reality show, talk to our horses!


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