By Leslie Potter
Friday, February 4, 2011
Does your horse play with toys? Mine definitely doesn't. You could give him the latest and greatest stall toy, and he'd sniff it once, decide it wasn't edible and go back to his nap. In fact, most horses I've known are just not that excited about toys. The peppermint-scented stall toys lovingly purchased by doting owners for their beloved horses always seem to be ignored until they end up becoming yet another plaything for the nearest Border Collie.
However, there are exceptions. Take Sampson, for example. Sampson is a Percheron cross at Washington state horse rescue, Save a Forgotten Equine. His mom, Delilah, was rescued in January of 2010 and Sampson was born in April. Clearly, he is a happy, healthy little guy (he has since been adopted, but his mom is still waiting for a home. Visit www.safehorses.org to find out more about her.)
I love the look of confusion after the ball is finally deflated. It never stood a chance. I just hope Sampson doesn't give the same treatment to any barn cats or dogs who happen to wander into his paddock.
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