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For the last seven and a half years we have forged a friendship with the wild mustang that lives in the campground behind our house. His name is Pinocchio, maybe due to the long face! He is a bit skittish around people even when it comes to getting fed. The other day he asked me for a flake of hay and I was happy to oblige! Would you like to visit him with me? Let’s go!

He sure is a beauty, don’t you think?

Pinocchio

Pinocchio

Let’s give him a bit of hay. I think he is saying thank you!

Thanks for the grub!

Thanks for the grub!

During the winter months he puts on extra fur to keep him warm. He looks pretty shaggy!

Shaggy horse

Shaggy horse

He is an older horse as you can see by all the gray in his face.

Old and gray

Old and gray

While we stand here visiting with him, he always keeps an eye on us! Walk any closer and he turns to walk away!

I am watching you!

I am watching you!

He sure is handsome, don’t you think?

Well thanks for taking the time to stop by and visit with me and Pinocchio! Have a wonderful Wednesday!

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Just Horsing Around!


Here is a story of horsing around as told by my friends C & T. One is an Appaloosa and the other I am not sure. These two gave me great joy every time that I was around them. C captured my heart with his silly antics, which included periodic smiles and lots of nose nudges. T was very handsome and always thought that he deserved all the attention. Both were a unique pair and they insisted that I take these photos just so they could share their story. Without further ado: The Story of C & T.

Hey - what are you doing here?  Did you bring me any apples?

Hey – what are you doing here? Did you bring me any apples?

Let's have some fun!  How about we play follow the leader!  I'll lead and you follow!

Let’s have some fun! How about we play follow the leader! I’ll lead and you follow!

Catch me if you can!

Catch me if you can!

I'm having fun!  You?

I’m having fun! You?

Is she watching us?   She should be!  We are both so cute and adorable!

Is she watching us? She should be! We are both so cute and adorable!

Let's do a roll to get those itchy spots!   Oh, yea that is really good!

Let’s do a roll to get those itchy spots! Oh, yea that is really good!

Are you done?  I'm hungry!

Are you done? I’m hungry!

I'm good now.  Let's go get something to eat!

I’m good now. Let’s go get something to eat!

We get watermelon   Yipee!

We get watermelon Yipee!

Juicy!

Juicy!

If I give you the bedroom eyes will I get more?  Don't I look really handsome?

If I give you the bedroom eyes will I get more? Don’t I look really handsome?

He's had enough!  I get the rest!

He’s had enough! I get the rest!

Thank you!  Will you be coming back with any apples?

Thank you! Will you be coming back with any apples?

I hope that you enjoyed their simple story.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great Tuesday!

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A horse walks into a bar. The bartender looks up at his newest customer and he says, “Why the long face?”

I was looking for a way to feature some photos of our long faced friend Pinocchio! The other day as I was wandering around in the backyard taking photos of moss on the trees and rocks, he came up to investigate what I was doing. These photos tell you a story…

Whatcha doing?

Whatcha doing?

Stoke my belly!

Stoke my belly!

My stable is empty!

My stable is empty!

No hay, I go away!

No hay, I go away!

Are you bring me hay?

Are you bring me hay?

Yippee!  A flake of hay!

Yippee! A flake of hay!

Yay! Hay!

Yay! Hay!

Mmmm...this is good!

Mmmm…this is good!

I am glad that you stopped by to have a bite of breakfast with Pinocchio! Now go out and have a great day!

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When we moved here we discovered that we “inherited,” to a degree, a horse. There are many varying stories about this horse, and many different names, but we were introduced to him as Pinocchio.

Pinocchio

But this is the way of living in the Foothills! Of all the stories that we have heard, this is what we know of him.

Pinocchio had an owner who tried to “tame” or “break” the horse. But this horse would have nothing to do with it, and ended up breaking the man! After suffering numerous broken bones the fellow let the horse lose to fend for himself in the wild. He made his way at some point to the lake that is behind our house and has lived here for years. The horse has become the property of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). For years, the BLM has tried to capture the horse to move him elsewhere, and they have had no success.

When we moved here, we discovered him living behind us, and found that the builder of our house had built the horse a stable just outside the fence of our yard.  This area includes a reservoir.   When they sold the house to the next owner of the house, part of the sales agreement was that they had to take care of the horse. The story is that the gal who lived here used to like to run around the lake, and that the horse ran with her. This agreement did not pass to us, however, we felt the need to maintain his stable, make a couple of improvements, and supplement his natural source of food with some grass hay treats, and a salt/mineral lick.

Handsome isn't he?

We started to care for the horse, and still do, and never having done this before, and got a lot of advice. He is a good natured animal and he still is wary of people. The closest that we can get to him is about two feet away. Not many are able to do this. When we go down to feed him he is very happy to see us. He runs around in circles, kicks up his back legs, and whinnies at us. If he hears us working in our yard, and we have not been down there to give him his treats, he is very vocal about the fact that he is there!  We believe that he is an old man as evidenced by the gray areas that now surround his eyes and muzzle.
With the recent reconstruction of the dam behind us, we had to add a water trough as the lake was drained.  He fared pretty well through this process considering that the lake still has to be filled back up.  We received a few donations to help with his upkeep at this time.

Pinocchio at his stable

Here are more photos of our friend.

Pinocchio in his natural element

Silent communication

Pinocchio this last February

On the alert!

I hope that you have enjoyed the visit with us and Pinocchio!

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Do you need to smile today? Let’s revisit some photos that I took in the stable of a friend. She has some horses with character and who love watermelon and cookies!

Kiss me!

Ahhhhhh...watermelon!

I need a cookie!

Heeeeeehhhhh!

Stay tuned for new recipes this coming weekend!

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