I awoke before 4 AM this morning, not an unusual time for me to get up. I have no reason to be stirring so early; but my rebellious body insists I get moving if I lie in bed awake for over a half-hour.
I believe I'll go for a ride when day starts breaking. I need to get my money's worth out of the $80 I gave the farrier yesterday.
I went out to a pitch-dark pasture to try and find a dark-bay horse in a group of other brown horses. That would be a daunting task, except at this time of morning/night, the horses always seem to be lounging just on the other side of the second gate.
We've locked them out of the lot nearest the barn, because they insist on standing at the gate all day, pooping. If they
should get into a scuffle and bump that gate, causing it to swing open,
they'd be free in the neighborhood. So Cliff forces them to stand
further away at a second gate. Where they stand, pooping, about three
quarters of the time, in full sunlight, even on 95-degree days. At
least I don't have to worry about Blue foundering on grass; they have
turned their standing area into a dust bowl, and only go grazing when
they're really hungry.
Anyway, I generally forget to take a flashlight along when I go get Blue at this time of day. When I got to that second gate I peered through the darkness: Were they there as usual? Or were they at the back of the place, grazing? As my eyes adjusted, I saw their ghostly bodies about fifteen feet away and started my two-syllable call: Blu-uuuue, Blu-uuuue. I could see Tude's head go up, looking at me with ears perked up, but Blue wasn't even visible at first. Then his big frame emerged out of the shadows. I opened the gate just wide enough for him to enter, and closed it quickly to keep Sassy from slipping in with him; she always tries.
So Blue is eating weeds (that's all that's growing in the lot; you'd think it was the finest alfalfa the way those horses eat them) while I wait for a hint of color to show on the eastern horizon.
I believe Cliff has a motorcycle ride planned for this day, also. We'll see how it goes.
Don't forget I'm giving away a hand-held digital camcorder after August 7; if you're interested, leave a comment on The contest entry and get your name in the hat.