Michele Scott

Horses as Individuals

Horses as Individuals

One of my favorite things about horses is that each one is different. Each horse has his/her own special personality and unique take at the world. Oh sure, they are pack and prey animals so what they know best is—get away. But when you take some time to really get to know an individual horse, I think you will be surprised.

I have a horse named Bill right now who I got from a friend of mine whose daughter headed off to college and didn’t really want to sell the horse but wanted to be sure he also didn’t just sit in the backyard. So, she called me and I opted to take Bill in. Now Bill is an old 3-day event horse. Well, he isn’t all that old. He’s only 16. He is a big dark bay New Zealand Thoroughbred who knows how to do his job.  At first when Bill came to the barn, I thought he was a bit aloof and standoffish. He didn’t seem to want much to do with me or any of the other horses. However, after a few days I noticed him warming up to me, watching me as I went about my chores in the barn. I started spending some extra time with this horse and sure enough discovered he has the personality of a teddy bear. He loves to put his head in the crux of my arms and have me scratch his ears. He closes his eyes half mast and basically dozes while I tell him how wonderful he is. I have officially fallen for this horse, and he for me because I am the only one in the barn who he allows this close to.

Now I suppose I should give this 3 day eventing thing a whirl since I have a horse I can trust and one I like. Maybe in the next Michaela Bancroft Mystery (out this summer) you will see me switching from reining to eventing. Stranger things have happened—like stumbling over dead bodies. Hmm…that has happened to me as well. Well, I suppose there might be one of two of those in the next Michaela book as well. See you soon and wish me luck with Bill and not finding anyone murdered any time soon, at least not until August when the next mystery will be out.

5 Responses to Horses as Individuals

  1. Kathy Dunaiski says:

    I just read the sample of three to die bancroft mysteries and it said coming Dec 2011 icant find it can you help

  2. Vicki H says:

    Just wondering how late of 2012 is coming out. Obviously I am waiting anxiously for the new book? I love the books that come out under A K Alexander. One of the first I always look for at Amazon.com.!!!

    • cassieh says:

      The book is currently in the works along with a few others. The exact date is nearly impossible to pin down. But the goal is Holiday time in 2012.

    • Sanja says:

      Wow Judy, I am so sorry to hear about Baja and his cancer. This makes me so sad. I know for a FACT that you being there for him and still tirtaeng him as a horse and friend will make him spend the time he has left on earth the best he could spend anywhere. You are so right, I often take for granted the gifts God has given me to take care of and I do not want to do that. Everyday, every person and animal I hold dear to me, should be such a joy. Thank you for reminding me. I am proud to be a part of the Heart of Tucson because it makes me remember that life is precious and love is forgiving. So many hurt horses that I have seen in my last month or so go through Heart, have brought inspiration and renewed HOPE AND FAITH in life. I call them Miracles because if it wasn’t for HEART, these animals would have died. Baja is giving us his best and we are giving all of the rescues our best. THAT is what life is all about. Heart gives comfort, love and healing to EVERYONE involved. Thank you Domino, Tamale, Baja and the rest of ya all for giving us love, comfort and healing too! We love and cherish you all. P.S. Judy, thanks for making me cry so early in the morning, but it is a good cry, a good reminder to remember how much I can love. Keep it up : ) And as for Digalow and my first pony Fantasy, they are both proud that we are out there saving their friends They are probably saying keep it up moms, don’t give up One horse at a time makes a GREAT difference!

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