2.24.2015

the inside of the outside

We enjoyed one ride inside last weekend, without freezing! One is better then none. Koda listened and tried, good enough for me. By the time Cierra joined us, I had already decided we were done riding.

Koda & I headed outside by ourselves to find a balmy 20F, sunny day. I almost forgot what balmy felt like! Of course I was still wearing a winter coat, gloves and head band. It is still February.

We meandered to the far pasture, where our boys are temporarily being turned out. They flip flopped pastures for a few days with a couple of the oldies who know enough to not chase the spreader. Our boys always did like to interact with us when we brought equipment into the pasture at home, how I miss those days...

It was sooo peaceful in the sunny pasture. I decided to hang around the feeder with Koda. At first he wondered what I was up to, then settled into our old habits. Him grazing, me bothering him. If only I had brought my camera! It's been collecting dust vs going through the PITA freezing/thaw-bag on/bag off cycle. Oh well. I'm a firm believer of shooting with the camera you've got, so out came the iphone!

Surrounded by the soft methodical sound of munching, I let my head rest on Koda's big strong back, warmed by the sun. I couldn't help but notice his adorable soft-n-fuzzy ears...






...or how nicely his thick mane drapes over his neck, still smelling minty good from being brushed...






...but my favorite Koda part, is his eyes. So expressive, a mirror to his soul...






“There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.”  ~ Winston S. Churchill

6 comments:

C-ingspots said...

It is a beautiful and soft eye! Glad you had a nice ride, love that quote...so true. Our weather is still warm, beautiful and spring - even though the calendar says winter. We're supposed to get a wet day Thursday, and then clouds for a couple of days. Last weekend we were 66 - can you believe it?

fernvalley01 said...

beautiful pictures and you described it so well I felt I was right there with you

Shirley said...

Koda sure does have a nice mane for an Appaloosa! Nice photos, the parts are as endearing as the whole.

Grey Horse Matters said...

Love those fuzzy ears. He's got a lovely soft eye too. Glad to hear you got a ride in and then it was sunny enough to just hang with him. That's the best feeling.

Tails FromProvence said...

I love those quiet, reflective moments with the horses, too :-)

Polo Days said...

I just love the eye pic! Really nice photos!!!