Day 182 of my Captivity
It is currently a pretty sweet life. Out in the field, lots of lush grass, sunshine, great friends — and no work!
The flies are annoying, but I arrange myself with one of the other horses and we swish them away for each other.
We did have an incident though, and it was kind of my fault. Yeah, I admit it. I broke my human. But it was done with all the best intentions.
I was trying to save my human from a monster that leaped over the top of a bush. It was coming straight at us! High up, a dark shadow the size of one of those weird looking gray things with the very long noses and club feet.
The human is normally quite good about staying on my back, but I guess I took that last corner a bit too sharply. I didn't account for her only having two legs, and being a bit fragile and bouncy.
Well, it all went a bit wrong. I tripped and it bounced her out of the saddle, and I tried to help by adjusting where I was, but I was going really fast and…well. Suddenly she was on the ground, and I was still running from the monster.
Okay, so I was a little scared for myself, too. To my shame, I kept going and just left her there while I ran home.
It's not easy being a responsible horse, you know. Sometimes I fail.
Some humans caught me and led me home, just as I'd decided to turn around and go back for her. I swear that's what I was going to do, but they stopped me.
I thought the walk would probably do her good…and I greeted her with a "Nice of you to join me, took you long enough" look — until I saw what I'd done. She could hardly move, and I'd made her walk 3 miles. Oh my, I felt really guilty. I didn't know she got hurt, I swear! I stood very still while she checked me over, and I tried to tell her I'm fine, but she insisted to look for herself. Nice of her, but it made me feel even more guilty since it caused her even more pain.
That was about two weeks ago, just after the vet came to give me my jabs. He was nice, and Ori and Athenia were there too, so it wasn't so bad. I wasn't sure about that teeth rasping Ori had done, but they didn't touch my teeth.
I'm told I'll get sedated to do it, and apparently they'll have the farrier come as well on that day. Damn. I thought I was rid of that guy after I put up a fight last time.
Not looking forward to that. The accident gave me a reprieve, but I know it's gonna happen…soon.
Julia, my human's friend, takes me out occasionally, but I make her work at catching me. Told Ori that humans need exercise, so the other day he made her run after him for an hour. That was fun to watch.
We switched fields as well, and the grass is really high and nice. There's shade and water…bliss.
But the human is mean. Well, okay, not really mean. She doesn't hit me or anything, but she laughed at me yesterday!
There I was, taking a nap…and she arrives and laughs. Laughs!! About me!! Claims I was snoring and answering her back while I was asleep.
I do not talk in my sleep! And I don't snore, either. It's a vicious rumor she's spreading.
She claims I was so deeply asleep, she could have been a lion and I wouldn't have noticed.
A lion? Really? Doesn't she know there are no lions roaming free around here?
Wait. Are there???
Anyway my "Field Cred" is in tatters!
We went for a walk afterward, that was nice. Out in the woods, nice and cool…it was worth getting up for. I did go easy on her though, she's still hurt. Made me feel really bad, to know I'm the cause of it. Apparently she's had to take painkillers every three hours since it happened, but at least nothing is broken. When I saw how hurt she was that day, I worried about broken ribs, because she landed on some nasty tree roots.
So that's the news from my side of the fence.
I hope you are getting your own training of your humans done and fare better than I did.
Remember — you can't train a human when it's hurt. Be gentle.
(P.S. You can't use them as scratching posts either while they're hurt. I kinda forgot that there for a moment…)