There are times when the Universe places a gift in your path that seems too good to be true.

You look around wondering if it’s a joke – like those old Candid Camera television programs.

Then you look again and realize it’s not a prank.

You honest-to-goodness do have a flake of hay spread on the back of the pickup. And it’s all yours. The two of you don’t have to share it with anyone else.

You don’t have to participate in the horse version of musical chairs, where you must keep moving when the next bigger, more dominant horse decides he (or she) wants to nibble from your pile of hay.

You don’t have to walk away because you’ve been bullied out of your share.

You get to eat every delicious green morsel.

And you get to take all the time you want.

From Pepper and Bud’s vantage point, this must be  horse Heaven.


Here’s how it went down.

We were out feeding one afternoon a week or so ago, like always. Bud and Pepper snarfed down their grain and still seemed very hungry.

The weather had grown chilly.

The pasture was nothing but nibs of grass with little to no nutrition.

And the supplemental hay feedings hadn’t started.

So my kind-hearted husband walked over to the hay shed and brought back a flake of hay.

He spread it on the tailgate of the pickup.

And Bud and Pepper went to town.

They burrowed their noses into that sweet alfalfa and had a high old time.

It made my heart happy to watch them.

No shoving.

No dominance games.

It was just pure enjoyment.

A couple people walked by and did a double take. One doesn’t normally see horses eating hay from a truck. Then again, we’ve already established ourselves as the quirky horse owners.

And you know what? We don’t care.

If the Universe places a gift in your path this weekend, by all means take advantage.

Enjoy it.

Every single bit of it.