Finally January is over – the best news I’ve heard all year! I was looking forward to spring and hacking in better weather, but we had one more important event to go… Valentine’s Day! Being dateless for the last few years meant I had completely forgotten, but this year I was determined my luck would change.
Soloman helped me hatched a plan for Valentine’s Day. He was very confident that he knew more about what mares liked than I did. Each day we stood at the fence and waited for the two mares from down the road to come past on a hack, and it wasn’t long before we heard some hooves approaching in the distance. I was ready and prepped, hidden in the field shelter just as Soloman had instructed me, very alert and waiting for his signal.
A few minutes later, Soloman was swishing his tail like crazy and I knew this was my moment. I put all my weight back into my hocks and launched myself out of the shelter. Zero to full gallop in a split second – I don’t think I’d ever moved so fast! I sprinted up the fence line and did my very best acrobatics – handstands, back flips, the lot! After a few laps of the field I was sure I’d won them over. Huffing and puffing, I trotted back across the field to introduce myself. As I got closer, I saw Soloman rolling around on the floor laughing hysterically but there was no sign of the pretty mares. When he managed to calm down and get his breath back, he explained that mares don’t actually like the full-on approach he’d suggested and their riders had hurried them off in the opposite direction! I was so angry that he’d tricked me because, after that, the mares didn’t hack past for a very long time.
There was a silver lining, though. Soloman and I decided to spend Valentine’s Day together, and he even saved me his carrots from dinner as a present to say sorry for tricking me. In the end I realised it was funny and that, really, there was no one I’d have rather spent my day with than my best pal!
Until next month,