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Sunday, January 15 2012

This is Scout.

Because of less than stellar social skills, Scout is separated from poor defenseless Muskett.


    According to Scoutie's paperwork, he is part Mustang. After living with the horse for four years, I can believe it. Last night was a shining example of life with Scout:

Put Montoya and Muskett in their stalls and feed them. Toss grain over the wall into Scout's bucket. Trek out to pasture to release Scout from his pen (where he can't beat up Muskett, but can share a round bale of hay and play-fight over the fence).  Let Scout out so he can thunder to the barn, run into his outside stall and eat his supper.  Continue our journey to check on baby calf. Note the sound of hooves thundering BACK in our direction.  Very annoyed painted horse bounces up and announces,

"Garcon!  Garcon! You there!  Servant-boy! There's a problem!"

Other Half and I stare at horse in amazement - perhaps he has been watching Mr. Ed and Lassie through the window. Agree that horse is most decidedly upset and has sought out Bi-peds (with opposable thumbs!) to solve his problem. Curious, and eager to reinforce his behavior, we head back to barn. He escorts us about four acres, shaking his head impatiently.  I know what I will find.

And sure enough, the gate to his stall has swung closed and he is locked out of his supper. What a clever beast!  Rather than pace and puff in front of the problem, he has sought a solution.

And this is why we haven't sold him yet. The horse amuses me.




"Human, your arrogance astounds me. Let me point out the Ignorant Beast in this arrangement. I receive free room, board, and health care in exchange for little or no work on my part. You labor 40+ hours a week and are on call 24/7 so that you may pay "my" bills. Now I ask you, who is the dumb animal?"


Posted by: forensicfarmgirl AT 08:58 pm   |  Permalink   |  5 Comments  |  Email
He may well amuse you but he gave me coffee splutters, or at least yr description did. He really has got you as the mere chattle. :))). I had a 3 part Arab with similar tendency.
Posted by Liz [Vic Aust] on 01/16/2012 - 03:13 AM
They do train us well, don't they? (She says, as she builds up the resolve to exit the house to go feed my critters, at 8 degrees F., with two feet of snow predicted for tomorrow...)
Posted by EvenSong on 01/16/2012 - 09:19 AM
well, he's got it made - he doesn't have to work, he is both decorative and amusing - and his staff is quite well trained! now if you could just do something about the mud...
Posted by clairesmum on 01/16/2012 - 08:51 PM
No kidding! He's rarely ridden anymore, but every time we think about selling him, we find some excuse to keep him because he's such a neat horse. Regarding the mud: believe it or not, one week after such severe flooding and most of it has dried up! Thank GOD!
Posted by forensicfarmgirl on 01/16/2012 - 10:11 PM
I believe that Scout is part cat, as my cat is quite certain that I'm the hired help. It is astounding that he came to get you. Most horses just stay put and flip out. Maybe sell him to a trick-horse trainer. He's got the looks and obviously the brains for it.
Posted by CeeCee on 01/18/2012 - 07:04 PM

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