I took these photos of our blind Quarter Horse mare Lena yesterday afternoon as she was enjoying another sunny and warm autumn day, just relaxing and soaking in the sun. (This being northern New Hampshire, “warm” for mid-November means a balmy 50-something degrees.) She had been laying on her side, flat out, head down on the grass, snoozing, but no matter how quietly I tip-toed up through the pasture to get a photo of her sleeping like that, I could see her ears quivering and knew she was hearing me. Just as I had the camera ready, she sat up to check things out.
If you look closely under the oak tree (the last deciduous tree around here with any leaves left!), you can see Tanner, Taco and Sunny at the end of the ramp in the front yard.
Lena apparently decided my arrival was a good time to end her siesta, because she stood up, gave herself a good shake, then peered in my direction:
Hearing the click of the camera shutter, she then turned and started walking right towards me:
There’s that classic “blind horse head tilt” — using her hearing to get a better fix on my location.
I went over to her, gave her a good neck scratching, then headed for the house. She went back to her leisurely Sunday afternoon.
Today is another beautiful day just like yesterday, and she’s out there enjoying herself again. With winter fast approaching, we just can’t get enough of this kind of weather!