WEDNESDAY’S WORD: DENSE

HORSE SPEEDY BOWING BARLEY DARTS FEB 2018

DENSE.  It means thick, heavy, or condensed.  It can also mean: unintelligent, simple-minded, or ignorant.

The first time I saw man-made coats on horses, I was in Texas.  Out of hundreds of horse ranches, I saw one whose horses wore coats.  They weren’t blankets.  And they weren’t coverings for biting bugs.  Instead, they were full-body, insulated, monogrammed, black coats.  And even though the weather wasn’t hot, it was warm compared to the 35 below zero temperatures our horses faced back home.

While I was no equine expert, I knew that horses grew their own natural coats.  And when horses are in good health, all they need is some wind protection, sufficient food rations, and a source of water.  After all, horses are innately equipped to adjust and thrive in the harshest conditions; from Mustangs that survive blizzards on sub-zero plains to Arabians that survive triple digit heat and desert storms.

So, what if the coated horses had been aged or ill?  Then I was just as dense as the hair on our horses.  But, what if the horses simply had fancy coats for each season?  Then the matter wasn’t primarily about warmth.  Instead, it was more about a horse of a different color.  And most likely, a million-dollar one.

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