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post #1 of 645 Old 01-23-2018, 01:57 PM Thread Starter
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Zeus and the Sorrel Brigade

Zeus:

The girl had sold her best friend, a lovely white pony, to buy Zeus, who was a little, fat, fjord stud colt. She had always had big dreams, and she was betting on him to get her there. He began immediately proving himself to be a kind old gentleman at heart. He was a calming influence on all around him, and he quickly made his way into everyone's hearts. His introduction into the sorrel brigade went smoothly; the old man of the group became his protector, and the younger horses his friends. The girl worked with him most days, and he easily learned everything she asked of him. She couldn't wait for the day he was old enough to actually ride, but he was enjoying his life as a baby mostly learning to be a horse from the lessons the brigade taught to him.


The Sorrel Brigade:

The brigade was made of four horses. Each were what some would call plain, but each held an important position. The old man of the group was named Pete. He was a ranch horse, and he knew his job better than the girl who rode him. He put her in the right place at the right time to get things done, and although at times she felt he was slow, even at her young age she knew the importance of what he was teaching her. The next horse in line was also beginning to feel his age and ridden by the oldest child of the family. He was another who would only have been titled a ranch horse. He wasn't special to anyone excepting the girl who rode him; he didn't have much of a handle and couldn't have won a single competition. However, since he had been given the oldest girl, he toted her through many long and hard days and they had always made it home safely.

The third horse was named Bones. He was the main horse of the wife. He had some marks against him, but he was an athletic and humorous little horse. She had intended to show him as a cowhorse, but his talent seemed to lie in the cutting portion of the event. He was also proving himself to be a neat ranch horse because he could read a cow and a situation quickly and react accordingly. He was emotional and busy and extremely friendly. The final horse was a newer addition to the brigade. He was a Spanish style of horse who seemed to carry with his bad attitude loads of talent. The mother called him "the most naturally talented and least likable horse she had met." Luckily, although she was hesitant to admit it, he was straightening up his attitude and becoming a horse she looked forward to working each day. They named him Eeyore.


Lucy:

Lucy was not a part of the brigade. She was ridden by the father. She was a fancy bay filly who put too much effort into moving with a dramatic flair to move very quickly. They often called her a princess, and she seemed to believe them. If she were a woman she would have been beautiful and quite above it all.
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Eeyore:

Eeyore was hard to like because he was spoiled. The woman took a chance on him because he moved well and she liked the way he looked, but she hadn’t dealt with a horse who had quite so much practice at being difficult before. It was obvious he had little riding, and what riding he had he’d scared someone. He had amassed quite a few naughty tricks.

He’d been hard, but each battle ended quicker as he realized it wasn’t working for him. So, a few days had passed without any problems, and with his athleticism he had begun to impress the woman. However, today he decided that he had better make sure his old tricks wouldn’t work. He began displaying his irritation with being asked to go out of the yard by trying his favorite trick of solling up. That didn’t make any difference that was positive in his esteem, so they ended up out in a large field where she was making him work, and he thought that running away would be a good thing to try; twice. Neither worked in the end, but during he thought that he might have been making some progress. Since that didn’t work out the way he planned he decided to try a new trick he had been thinking of. Dropping to his knees in a fit might do the trick of not having to trot circles, after all, trotting circles was not his favorite thing today. That was a new one on the woman, and she felt a little shook, but she tried to not let him see that he effected her (although he must have realized it did since he tried it three times). She made him disengage a few times for each, and they ended on a good enough note. She hoped it was just a bad day.


Bones:

Bones was bored. He didn’t understand why he was stuck tied to the rack while she rode that new horse he hated yet again. He’d done nothing wrong, and he didn’t particularly like sharing his ride time. He loved being rode; he liked learning and seeing new things.

At first he had been excited to see a younger horse arrive. In the brigade he was the only young horse, and he wanted to play with someone. His idea didn’t end up taking place though, as the new horse was a jerk who bossed him around. Eventually the new horse played with Zeus when he was out, but he wouldn’t let him join in the fun. There was nothing to like about the new horse as far as he was concerned.

His boredom grew when he finished the flake of alfalfa left for him. He’d been practicing untying knots, and he was getting quite good. So, after getting himself freed to explore he decided that taking the rope that tied the bin of rice bran off was a really fun thing to do. It wasn’t even just fun in the end he had a drum of rice bran to eat! The woman rode back in the yard then though, and for once he wasn’t happy to see her when she ran up and ruined his fun.

They trotted out after that. He enjoyed the lazy trot through the snow as did she. She loved watching the snow fly up from his hooves, and he was happy to just go on this day. No work and no training, just moving out and seeing the world covered in sparkles was what they did.
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Lucy:

Lucy was finally feeling better. She had had a difficult month. The absence of the pony was felt deeply by her, and she had given herself an ulcer worrying over it. She was lonely. She may have bullied the pony, but she was her friend.

The man was the first to notice she was sick. Her bad attitude had been apparent to all, but the sweating was a new development. He discussed the problem with his wife, and they decided that they would give her Zeus for company as well as some ulcerguard.

She was awful to Zeus in the beginning. However, his calming influence took effect on her after those first days. She realized he wasn’t as fun to chase as the pony had been, but he was nice to have around and he comforted her.


Zeus:

Zeus was not happy. He loved being a part of the sorrel brigade. The mare was nasty and nervous and she made him uncomfortable. The first days were the worst. He knew to move when told, but she wasn’t like the horses from the brigade; she seemed to enjoy causing him pain. She was cruel and he looked longingly toward his old friends. She seemed to mellow, but still he wished himself back into the joy of the brigade.


Eeyore:

Eeyore started the day expecting a fight. He was surprised when it wasn’t given to him. The woman did things differently than he was anticipating, and although he was always on that edge, he found himself enjoying his time in the snow.


Bones:

Bones was looking for excitement. When the geese came squawking around he begged to work them. The woman seemed on board and he had a blast giving them chase. Finally he pressured them into a spot where he could sit down and work. He was proud of himself and childishly enjoyed the game.
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Zeus:

It was cold. When the woman brought him in several other animals came to see if they could steal some of his feed or get out of the cold. She laughed at the lack of desensitizing required on the place.

Zeus enjoyed getting to move and warm up on the windy ride. He tried to do everything asked of him with a good attitude and his athletic abilities showed. The woman was relieved and enjoyed herself. When it was time to come in his body gave away his desire to stay out.


Bones:

Bones was happy with his newfound skill of getting the rice bran pail opened. Again the woman caught him quickly, but this time he saw the humor of it all.

For his ride the man came and brought out Lucy, which was a pleasant surprise in his mind. He wanted to move out, but the woman held him back as the man worked on the mare. As they made their way into the cold they went a different direction, and he was so excited when he saw the cattle. He thought it must be a work day then, and he shook with anticipation.

Much to his disappointment they moved on from the heifers before he was allowed any work, but he was enthralled watching the dog work with the cattle. He hadn’t actually seen a dog work before and he thought it was pretty exciting even in his disappointment.

When they left he saw a weed sticking out of the snow. He picked it up and began to play. He was having so much fun, and he threw it around and took a couple leaps celebrating the fun of it all. The woman laughed and felt the joy of the snow flying and the horse playing.

The man didn’t hide his smile when he complained. Even he couldn’t deny the happiness of the moment. Bones irritated the man. He felt the horse displayed everything that was wrong with the cutting industry. He was overbred in his esteem, and his lack of focus for anything other than cattle annoyed him. He didn’t like his small bones, or how he could get hot, and he especially blamed his breeding for the horses main flaw: his self mutilating behavior. However, in that moment, and many other times the horse did make him smile. He couldn’t deny Bones had a sense of humor.
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I cannot figure out how to edit the post. I meant Eeyore not Zeus. :(
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