Thursday, April 14, 2011

The Other Woman

Honky is not amused. Hank has been seen in the arms of another woman. A new woman to these parts. An outsider.

Oh! the Drama.

Let me explain. Every winter Hank thrives on the snow and cold of our Wisconsin winters. While the average horse can sustain the cold and wind with proper shelter and adequate forage, Hank has learned to excel in this environment. He grows a massive thick coat. He's seldom seeking shelter. And he maintains a good weight gets fat on air.

Just about the time we noticed that his saunter had a little more roll than stroll, we were approached by a person looking to lease a horse for this trail season. She's a thirty-something that grew up as a horse-crazy kid, but like many folks, life got in the way and horses were put on the back burner. Wanting to get back in the saddle, but not sure of making the full commitment to purchase a horse of her own, a lease is just the right thing for her.

New Lady came out to the farm last Sunday to meet the animals and see that we weren't CHPs (Crazy Horse People). She liked the place, saw that we didn't have horns, and was smitten with Hank.

He's a charmer, that fella.

Honky was rather aloof. Almost rude, even. She's not fond of strangers, much less strangers that are touching HER man. She kept her eyes on Hank, making sure he wasn't enjoying the attentions given him by this...this...this Interloper. But he was. Hank likes strangers. Strangers always have treats. Always.

New Lady returned on Tuesday to spend some quality one-on-one time with Hank. This did not sit well with Miss Honky Tonk. She pouted at the gate, braying in that "I'm pathetic and want my way" kind of way that she has. This usually gets Hank's attention, but not this time. His attention was on New Lady and her good brushins. He was a perfect gentleman. She brushed him all over, picked his feet, and got him ready to ride. He didn't fuss about anything. If you know Hank, you'll understand that this is not his modus operandi. He's a joker and a tester, always seeing if he can get away with something. But not this time. He was perfect.

He's a charmer, that fella.

After a few tips & pointers, New Lady was up in the saddle and learning Hank's buttons. Walk, trot, & lope with no problems. Never a hesitation or a balk. Correct lead every time.

Did I mention that he's a charmer?

Meanwhile, back at the gate, Honky had ceased her complaining and was slowly muching on her dinner. I'm sure there were comtemplations on how to get rid of New Lady, but I don't think New Lady is leaving anytime soon.


in2paints said...

Sounds like Hank is trading in his old woman for a new woman! That would be great for you, Hank, and the new lady if she decided to lease him. Honky will just have to get used to it! :)

Terry said...

Poor green-eyed Honky.

Danni said...

Awwwwww!!! :-)

Rising Rainbow said...

Sounds like Hank is a typical man. He knows how to reel a woman in. He's putting his best hoof forward. LOL

Poor Honky might as well get used to sharing.

Sherri said...

Poor little Honky, shunned....

Crystal said...

Poor Honky! needs to find a new lady friend too.