I’d never eaten food through my ears, but…
He’s back. This morning, I heard the food falling into my neighbor’s manger, and I looked into mine, waiting to see my breakfast hit the empty bottom. I love this moment!
But the food didn’t arrive. Instead, the stall door opened and I heard his voice: “Hey Lucy… let’s go play with the buckets.”
I was so hungry for him, but he arrived at the wrong moment. I was happy to see him, but I was ready to get my food, not my trainer. It’s not easy to explain…
I was happy and mad at the same time. The guy pulled me out of my stall and tied me up in the aisle. I heard the sound of the others having breakfast. I usually don’t hear it because of the sound of my own munching in my ears, so it doesn’t bother me.
This morning, tied up in the aisle, I heard a lot of grains roiling in the mangers, the crunching of my stall mates, and their sighs. Some of them have strange ways of dealing with food. The gray gelding constantly stirs the grains with his muzzle deep in the manger, the sorrel mare is very picky and slow, and the buckskin gelding lets his ears hang down.
And the smell… The smell of breakfast was moving along the aisle, sometimes far away, then suddenly hitting my nostrils.
I sighed and let my head hang down to the ground, where the sound and smell of my missed meal fainted.
I didn’t notice the trainer brushing and saddling me up. He took me to the arena and lunged me for a while. Then, he called me to him. “You’re always looking at the exit,” he said. “What’s wrong?”
I showed him my unhappiness, putting on a face the gray gelding would have called “self-explanatory.”
“I understand,” replied my trainer. “You have breakfast on your mind. I can help you with that…”
I picked up my ears and looked at him grabbing a bucket. I was excited about the power of communication between us: he had correctly read my face.
Then, the guy did something I didn’t understand: he put the bucket on my head. I stood there, waiting to feel the grains in my mouth. I’d never eaten food through my ears, but… if the trainer says I can… I’ll make it happen.
It didn’t happen this time.
I have to try harder.