First in my defence, we have Roman. Roman is a big black Morgan with an oversized appetite and a huge inferiority complex which he overcompensates by trying to be a bully. When the barn door opens, Roman is ready, head high, ears perked and eyes frantic with excitement…FOOD !!!! But Roman doesn’t want to have to join the barnyard queue (line) Roman doesn’t consider that waiting is an option, food and NOW! The food bully winds up his routine, he starts by three swirls of his stall, like the BK customer finding the shortest line and then pushing to the front, he stops swirling and then he starts to stamp. First he will stamp his left leg, then his right, he will even try to stamp both of his feet at the same time. Like the BK customer who isn’t been served fast enough walks back and forth tapping feet and tapping fingers, sighing loudly and becoming increasingly loud. With Roman, I find a slice of hay and try to get his brain distracted..sadly his brain is in his gut and there is no distraction…grain NOW. He will start to kick his door and whinny loudly,…NOW! Reminds me of the customer at the fast food place not being served fast enough and starting to raise his voice. Unfortunately for Roman, no management exists to allow the big black equine bully to demand anything and down at the barn, ….I’m in charge ! Mr. Roman is going to find that the louder he shouts, the less I hear. The more he tries to bully….the longer it will take for his grain to arrive, we are not on a service time clock and I am not going to be put under pressure right from the breakfast bell. So, for those of you out in the horse world that say people emotions aren’t transferable, I believe that here in the Pacific NW, a big black Morgan horse lives in a parallel world to the average stroppy fast food customer!
Time to go, I’d better go and feed a barn full of hungry animals and deal with one particularly bossy horse who thinks he is in a BK line. Wish me luck….or him !!
Take care, keep safe, M