Saturday, August 07, 2010

If you have horses...

…you’ll understand how rare this is.

 

I thought I had a special horse, and a special relationship with her.

From her first day:

kona first day

To a healthier state:

 kona fall ride

 

Y’all know how herds have a hierarchy, right?

In ours, Kona is the boss.  She’s not a mean alpha – she just makes sure she gets to eat first.

Cassie and Joey belong to our niece.  Kona is the only one who is ours.  Kona and Joey are sweethearts:

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Joey doesn’t like Cassie.

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Which means that in Joey’s efforts to show that he’s second-in-command, he often chases her and kicks at her.

For such a pretty boy, he can be butthead.

This morning, some deer joined the equines in the back pasture.

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Notice Joey in the same shot?  Well, his “I’m the boss” antics extend to any four-legged critter.

I held my breath as it seemed like they would just share a curious introduction.

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And my heart sank as I watched Joey start a penning competition with them.

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Until one cleared the fence and I wondered if Joey would too.

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Well, Joey is a big boy and he can try to push the 2-legged creatures around too.  He’s friendly as all get out, but has been known to kick and charge members of the upright species.

It was feeding time earlier this week… which sends him into a fit of cantering, bucking, chasing Cassie, tossing his head, and kicking.  Look at the pictures above,  you can bet I didn’t want to share the same grass with him at that moment.

Unwilling to reward his tantrum, I left the hay outside the gate and went to fill their water buckets.  Joey wasn’t finished… he raced straight toward me, ears pinned, snorting and tossing his head.

There are few things more frightening than a charging horse.

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I immediately did the only thing I could think of.

I raised the hose, lifted the spray in front of my face, aimed and started yelling hysterically.

(Hey, I didn’t say I was calm…)

You cannot outrun a horse, nor win a fight of brute strength.

 

What happened next absolutely shocked me.

When I shared it with my mother, she looked at me in astonishment and said,

“I’ve never ever heard of that happening… sounds like a movie”

 

At my first yell of, “NOOOO JOEY!  NOOOO!”…

Kona came charging from the left.

 

She ran through the water between Joey and myself.

She slammed him with her head, ears pinned.

 

Their collision stopped his charge, but she wasn’t finished.

He pulled up in confusion and she spun to face him.

I lost my grip on the hose sprayer as I held my breath.

 

Kona tossed her head, sending him into a frantic run.  She matched his stride and chased him hard.

She BIT him, warning him thoroughly that he had angered her.

 

Friends… I could see this from a loyal dog, but I have never ever heard of a horse putting themselves between their human and their mate.

The fact that she somehow understood the danger and put herself through a hated water spray to prevent injury to me is something that awes me every time I look at her.

 

She’s a keeper.

I’m thankful this Saturday morning, how about you?

 

Kona Itty Bit

26 comments:

Amy said...

That is amazing. I am pretty scared of horses (mainly because I have never been close enough to one to know different.) All you see on those "most shocking: when animals attack" shows are horses almost killing folks! It is amazing how smart animals really are. Who knew a horse was a loyal creature? Well, perhaps horse people do, but I sure didn't!

Judy Sheldon-Walker said...

Bless her heart! Give her a big hug from me and an extra treat. I was trembling as I read this.

I have never known horses to be anything but gentle and docile, like the cows on my grandparents dairy farm, but bulls...They scare me! I've been chased by the bulls and I ran like crazy. Talking about scared. :-)

Anything Fits A Naked Man said...

WOW!! What a TERRIFIC story! Sounds like a female who just states that "enough is enough!!" So glad you're OK and that you obviously have a definite equine friend for life!! (Were the deer OK?)

Pam D said...

I love that! Mr. Smarty Pants Butthead will think again before he tries to intimidate you! And it sounds like you need to have something in hand (longue whip, maybe?) to pop at him whenever you have food. Why is it that all of the pretty boys are such jerks? Huh, Mr. Daddy? Why? hee hee... (and we KNOW that Itty Bit, as gorgeous as he is, will NEVER be a jerk, especially to the fairer sex....)
And I just googled to make sure that I spelled longue correctly (differing opinions, oh well..) and found this post: http://www.mv.com/ipusers/levin/warn.html. It looks pretty good...

Brandi said...

My goodness, what a sweet girl! Actually, while you were describing this, I was thinking it sounded a lot like our dogs... Heidi disciplines Phoebi all the time. If I tell Phoebi 'no' Heidi will grab her by the collar and move her. You obviously have a very strong bond with her. Very cool (and glad you're ok)!

Allenspark Lodge said...

When you develop a real bond with a horse, they make great protectors. I can name numerous times my mare has saved my hide. When I first got Washoe (as a rebellious 18 mo. old colt) he tried to get my attention by coming up behind me and grabbing my shoulder. When I felt the pressure of his bite, I yelled and my mare came out of nowhere and chased him to the far fence. He wasn't allowed to move from that fence for more than 3 hrs! Washoe has never attempted to bite me again. She has put herself between me and kicking horses, and chased elk (or whatever) away from our tent when camping with her. It's wonderful you have that kind of relationship; cherish it. Not many people get to experience that...and what a great picture of her with Itty Bit!
Juanita

Dana-from chaos to Grace said...

OMGoodness I LOVEEEEEED this post! Awwwwww...it just thoroughly touched my heart!

K- floortime lite mama said...

the horse is an AMAZING creature
Kona is a keeper
I am very thankful that you are okay as well

renee said...

i'm so so thankful for kona!!! she's amazing! glad you're ok!!

Foursons said...

Wow, it sounds a lot like a rescue dog's faithfulness to it's new owner. Pretty incredible. Glad you're OK and give Kona an extra carrot from me. :)

City girl turned Country Girl said...

AWW that almost made me get a tear! That really is an awesome story!! She is definitely a keeper!! And a horse that charges a human....WELL....Hmmm....Bad horsey! He got just what he deserved!!

Kona ROCKS! SO glad she was there for you!

Pam said...

Never been much on riding them but I love them. They are so beautiful and smart. My niece shows horses and actually has been the national reining champ a couple of times. Matter of fact I am heading to her house today to photograph her and a horse she just retired. Those are some really beautiful ones you have and I loved the pics of them and the deer.

Mom of M&Ms said...

What an amazing story!!! ( wiping away tears). HOrse are so amazing and I so absolutely love them. Well done...and great captures

Kmama said...

WOW!! That is amazing. I'm sure you were scared to death...but yay for Kona. What a wonderful horse.

Allenspark Lodge said...

I have re-read this post 5 or 6 times now. I don't know if you believe in giving treats to your horses, but give Kona an apple for me.
Bill

Liz (Loving Mom 2 Boys) said...

Wow!! I know very little about horses- but this story just sounds amazing to me!!

Julie said...

wow!

Beth Zimmerman said...

Oh Rachel! What a beautiful story!

And not to ruin the moment or anything but ... were you wearing an orange sweatshirt when Joey attacked you? Cause maybe he's just a horse with good taste!

Also I was relieved to see the little Google under the guy facing the attacking horse because for a minute there I thought maybe that was Mr. Daddy's butt!

:)

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Pam said...

I understand that bond....saw it today with my niece and one of her horses. Pics are posted to my blog. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

He & Me + 3 said...

Your horse stories always have me on pins and needles. She is a beautiful horse and for sure a keeper. so gentle and sweet. she loves you deeply.

GunDiva said...

That Kona's a keeper!!!

Tiffany said...

Good girl Kona!!! Give that princess a sugar cube for me!

Mr. and Mrs. Nurse Boy said...

AMAZING!!!!

HeatherOz said...

Wow! *chills*
How many amazing horse stories can one person have? LOL

Killlashandra said...

Your Kona is such a doll. :) Although I love those shots of Joey chasing after the deer!