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.

TUESDAY TAIL TALE: HORSING AROUND

HORSES

Hello there.  I’m Rusty, the Paint.  This here’s Speedy on my left.  And Miss Daisy’s on my right.  We’re the only horses on the homestead, but there are lots of other critters.  So long as they keep to themselves, we don’t mind them.  Besides, the three of us have the big pasture, all to ourselves.  It gives us plenty of room to stretch our legs and kick up our heels.  I’ve heard it’s exciting to watch us run.  And if you’re standing close by, you may even feel us thunder past, too!

We really enjoy this time of year.  It’s cooler, the biting bugs are gone, and there are still greens to nibble.  But, it won’t be long before everything will be covered with lots of snow.  And if you don’t mind me saying, I think we’re in for a really cold winter, too.  It’s okay.  We’re used it.  Our winter coats are already growing.  They’ll become quite dense and thick.  For added warmth, we’ll eat extra hay and huddle together.  We’ll also use our windbreaks and shelter.  Even though winters here can be 20-40 below zero, we’re hearty animals.  Just think about our wild ancestors, on the wide-open prairies.

SPECIAL REPORT: SOLAR ECLIPSE

This just in!  Our reporter is live and on the scene.  She’s captured the once-in-a-lifetime solar eclipse.  Fellow Americans, this is what we saw in Pitt, Minnesota…

 

EYE HORSE CLOSEUP DAISY ECLIPSE 2017 BARLEY DARTS

 

 

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EYE HORSE DAISY ECLIPSE 2017 BARLEY DARTS

 

EYE HORSE DAISY 2 ECLIPSE 2017 BARLEY DARTS

 

Yes, I was a little disappointed, too.

By the way, Daisy sends her regards.

 

HORSE DAISY 2017 BARLEY DARTS