I finally took two hours today to get out of the office and get outside. It’s almost 60 here today and the sun was shining fairly brightly when I left. In fact, I just sat still in the car a few minutes facing to the west and just enjoying the feeling of warm sunshine on my face again. Because work has been picking up at Claxton Creative so much of late, time to do things like getting outside for a few mainly happens in between appointments. Mind you, I’m not complaining because things definitely are better now than they were a year ago, but … well, who likes being cooped up inside all the time?
Jag was a mess when I first got him. We couldn’t even put a halter on him, let a lone even walk into the pen with him. He had been a free-spirit for so long, he didn’t much like the idea of humans, let alone, humans who wanted him to do what they wanted him to do.
Today when I arrived, I got a bucket of oats and headed out to the pasture to find him. I didn’t realize the land stretched as far back as it does. It was a good quarter-mile walk back to him. He was grazing and out there without a care in the world.
He was a little hesitant when I approached–the other three, much bigger horses knew what I had in the bucket, and weren’t as shy. Within a few seconds, Jag was eating out of my bucket and letting me grab hold of the short leash he has affixed to his halter just as a hand-hold. In a few moments we were headed back up to the barn.
I fed him the rest of his oats and then two buckets of hay. He’s covered in mud, and clearly has been enjoying the rainy weather of late–at least he’s been enjoying mud baths.
So with that, a little practice with him on putting on a blanket–the one that goes under a saddle–and a few more bites of hay, I set him back a loose to wander and roam. The other three horses had followed us up toward the barn and stood waiting at the fence line thinking that at any moment the farmer was going to show up to treat the rest of them.
And so I left. My hands are itchy and my nose stings from either the grass or dust or both, but I got outside for a while and it feels good. Plus I got in a half-mile walk to boot.
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