Saturday, January 26, 2008

Love is ...

If I had the Grey Mare's ability to attract the opposite sex I would not be sitting gathering dust on my spinster's shelf. Everywhere she goes, she inspires devotion. The latest horse to fall under her spell is one of my sister's thoroughbreds - the dark prince who was once entered (but didn't run) in the Derby. Following her recuperation alone in a little paddock adjoining the dark prince's field, she has now joined the big boys in there.

I watched her entry back into society with some trepidation; I am an incredible worrier when it comes to her welfare. She stood for a while staring at the other horses down the field then began trotting towards them. The dark prince cantered up and met her half way, then brought her to join the group. With minimal fuss, she was welcomed into the herd. The following day, I received a text from my sister after she'd turned the dark prince out. "It's pathetic," she said, "he's totally in love with her."

Two days later, her other boyfriend who had been on box rest due to lameness was allowed out for the first time in three months. He is now inhabiting the little paddock where the Grey Mare had been. They kissed over the fence and that night, when she went back inside, he spent hours shouting for her.

"I think she's even more of a mummy's girl since she's been staying in," said my friend (until she was ill, the Grey Mare lived outside 24-7). The Grey Mare put her head on my shoulder and cuddled in. She knows I always have carrots in my pocket.

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

I have just sent you details of the most redundant piece of equipment I have ever seen since the introduction of the husky powered freezer...

I have a feeling I know who the target market is, but am not going to express an opinion...

Night Owl said...

She looks a real softy :-)

Omega Mum said...

My life would have turned out very differently if I'd been susceptible to carrots. For a start, people would address me as 'Mrs Bugs Bunny' and I'd live in a warren. Very glad to hear the horse in all our lives is doing so well. I think I'm a little in love with her myself.

Nunhead Mum of One said...

How lovely! And so sweet that she wants to be so close to you, she knows that you were pulling out all the stops for her. Give her a hug from me please!

NMO x

Gill said...

The pale beauty, her lover and the dark prince- a touch of the horsey barabara cartland's.

ziggi said...

I'm sure it's more than cupboard love!

She's gorgeous, I have mud covered mammoths x donkeys!

rilly super said...

M&M, if the dark price has a thing about females with long flowing locks, a sure foot in a muddy field and a penchant for a nuzzle behind the stable block then I hope the mare doesn't start to see you as the competition for the tall dark stranger's affections, sigh

@themill said...

So that's where the expression 'bossy mare' comes from - and I thought it was just a term of abuse!!

mountainear said...

How romantic - will it be a candlelit dinner for two on the 14th of Feb? Who will she choose?

Winchester whisperer said...

She's certainly very good looking. Haven't you found a dark prince in your new job yet?

Winchester whisperer said...

How's your new job M&M? Haven't you found any dark (or fair) princes there?

mutterings and meanderings said...

Anon, the mind boggles...

Night owl, she certainly is!

OM, she has that effect on people ..

NMO, certainly will!

Gill, I like to think it's more 'out on the wily, windy moors...'

Ziggi, I hope it is and think it is, but carrots help!

Rilly, if we're ever in competition for anything she wins - I once tried to share an apple with her. I got one bite of it.

@themill, there's also stroppy mare, grumpy mare etc - I prefer 'you tell a gelding, ask a stallion and negotiate with a mare'!

Mountainear, she'll probably have dinner with em both - she is a tad greedy ..

WW, loving new job. Mystic Meg reckons I will marry this year but whoever he is, he's hiding his light under a bushel ...

Pig in the Kitchen said...

Ahhh, it's love! so good that she's feeling better. I was thinking of you this morning, and that soon -ish the clocks will change and you'll be able to have thighs like Onatopp's again...although I'm not suggesting for a second that your thighs are NOT like Onatopp's...
getting tangled, time to go
Pigx

Nunhead Mum of One said...

I have a little something for you and Grey Mare at mine....."E is for....."

NMO x