Sunday, April 26, 2009

35/365 Waiting patiently

Mom has been doing some intensive training with (the horse formerly known as Destiny but now named) Xena in the last month, now that the weather is improving.

The focused training is done with the purpose of preparing her to do trail rides this year, and to bring her up to the same training level as Shep and Oprah.

Focusing on Xena means leaving Oprah at home occasionally, which Oprah doesn't enjoy, but she enthusiastically greets Xena when she gets home. She's so enthusiastic at the gate that we have to move her to the corral before Xena gets within earshot.

And herein lies an amazing demonstration of a horse's senses. On Saturday, Oprah had successfully been gated into the corral far in advance of Mom and Xena's return. Then, long before they were in sight or my hearing, Oprah started whinnying in their direction. It was so far in advance that I wasn't even sure what she was talking about (yes, it's like she's talking).

So on Sunday, I took my camera out to try to catch her in the act. Did she perform?

Nope. Of course not. She was the picture of patience, quietly waiting for their return.


Camera: Canon 40D, 1/250s, f/5.6 at ISO 100 at about 5:30 p.m.

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