Me and Paco, New Buds
The cardinals chased the chickadees away this morning; the feeder covered in frost and still in the crisp air. Like most mornings, I was typing away at my desk, gazing at the nature outside the window.
Suddenly this horse walked up to the feeder and all the birds scattered! He walked around the corner of my house and towards a busy side road! I quickly threw on some shoes and a jacket, grabbed two carrots on BS's prompting, and found a newly purchased length of rope.
The horse was munching the new grass in our back field, enjoying the smorgaasbord I'm sure.
Although this horse knows me a little (lives right across the street now) he spooked as I walked up and went further down this busy road.
He stopped at the neighbour's at another great clump of long grass. Carrot extended I got his attention and managed to slip a loop around his neck. He took it all very well, eager to chow down on the rest of the carrot in my hand.
I started to walk him back to his home and he kept pushing me out into the road, leaning in for the carrots he knew I had. I pushed back, getting him back onto the verge. We walked like this slowly back to his pasture. As we approached his home one of the occupants came out to help. We lured him back into his pasture and shut the gate.
Thankfully Paco (as we were then formally introduced) was not hurt, nor any motorists, nor the mermaid walking the horse down a road. Giddy up!