Today both Jake and Dutchess touched me and gave me entertainment for the good hour and a half I spent with them. I have been busy with school and work for the past four days so neither of them have gotten out. I didn't have enough time for a slow relaxing ride, so I choose to turn both of them out and play around a bit instead.
Now Jake normally will run a little bit, that's about the extent of his excitement when being turned out. Being a 20 year old, pasture raised paint, he rarely gets over excited about being turned out. Today he was sure feeling his oats, soon as I stepped back he took off around the turnout, jumping and striking out with his front feet, tossing his head and having a great time. The is the second time in my 7 years of owning him have I seen him do this. (The first was his first time turned out after 8 weeks of stall rest, and minimal hand walking) I couldn't wipe the smile off my face as both horses kicked and jump around the turnout. After a few minutes, Jake turns, looks straight at me, nickers and trots up to me with the most interested look on his face, and ended up playing around with me with energy. (form of tag, tricks...ect)
After all of that I pulled up a chair in the turnout and watched as they meandered around. At some point I fell asleep and I awoke to both horses staring at me intently with their heads practically in my lap. They startled me pretty good. Lol. After that Jake turns around and lays down not four feet from where I was sitting, not two minutes later did Dutchess lay down on my other side. All three of us laid in the warm sun for about 30 minutes. Both of these horse have never done anything of the sort before, and as much as I wish they would might not be in this mood for a while.
I was so touched that I wanted to share with all of you, and if you care to share stories of your own ponies creating special moments.