Sunday, July 29, 2007

Keil Bay comes for a visit

I was sitting on the sofa just now finishing Khaled Hosseini's A Thousand Splendid Suns when I looked up to see Keil Bay watching me. I think if he could figure out how to get up on the deck, he'd come right in.

Hosseini's newest book is brilliant and heartbreaking. I think everyone should read it.


Jason said...

What a great pic. I wonder what's going through the horse's mind ??

billie said...

Thanks, Jason.

It was interesting b/c the end of the novel was very intense and moving, and my eyes were full of tears. It wouldn't surprise me in the least if Keil Bay attuned that and came to see what was wrong.

I immediately reinforced that by jumping up and taking carrots out to him. :)

Matthew said...

How wonderfully sensitive Keil Bay is to your feelings. Great picture, also.

billie said...

Thanks, Matthew.

I think horses in general are very attuned to the feelings of people, partly because as prey animals, they have to be. This is why they are so wonderful for therapy.

Keil Bay seems to be particularly attuned. I don't know if it's because he's been treated so well all his life or if he's just unique that way. But everywhere he's been he has always gotten a tremendous amount of attention b/c of how expressive and kind he is to people.

And, as you know, he can be a bit bossy. But in a benevolent way. :)

Peggy Payne said...

Keil Bay may think of himself as a lap horse. We have a 135 pound mastiff who tries to sit in people's laps. He seems so crestfallen when they start to struggle.

billie said...

LOL, Peggy... I can imagine Keil Bay's expression when the person in whose lap he decided to sit disappeared from view. I'm not sure how much struggling there would be beneath a 1300 pound horse!

Anonymous said...

I couldn't help but imagine what was going through the horse's mind when I saw this picture. Maybe it was something like, "Where is my human friend? Where is she?"

What a wonderful picture of your lovely horse.

billie said...

Thank you, Anon. Most people believe that horses don't think the way we do, but if you're around them for any length of time, it's difficult to believe that theory.

They are smart and intuitive and have a language that is pretty easy to understand if you pay attention.