Here at the ranch, we are well used to animals behaving in a "less than normal way" but Gertie the Canadian goose is clearly going to win the award this Spring !!! That bird is getting bolder and more vocal by the day. Yesterday that young lady did several passes over the barn before settling down in the field to wait for the Shires but it was her evening performance that really amazed us. The shires were grazing at the far end of their pasture when Annie and Malc went to bring them in for the evening. The ground shook as those huge horses galloped to the gate and there right with Quest was Gertie, flying at his head, honking loudly over the thud of those giant hooves. Gertie took her place to waddle down the road behind Quest and she didn't stop waddling until Annie got Quest to his stall where she stood, head cocked ( Gertie, not Annie !) watching. Gertie didn't make any attempt to go into the stall ....but our guess is, it wont be long !
Annie and Malc will be leaving to go back to England on Friday, we will, as always, really miss them when they go. Annie is my twin, she speaks English and she has blue eyes...but thats about where the similarities end !!! I mention this is because Annie, unlike me, is vertically challenged, about 5 feet tall and every inch a sweetheart she will have a go at anything. Watching Annie trying to get a horse blanket on our 19 hand Quest is possibly more entertaining than watching Charlie Sheens latest rant...actually a lot more entertaining. She has, since she got here tried various tactics not all of them successful but she never gives up and Quest always gets his blanket on. To groom the big boy Annie walks on tiptoes, it is easier to brush his tummy than his back and Quest has to rest his chin on the stall floor for Annie to get his headcollar on but she has that equine teenager listening to her.
Well, it's almost time to go down to the barn...and do nothing. Have a great day and keep safe. Take care, M