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What is it about human (and horse) nature that keeps us from doing the things that are good for us?
We procrastinate, avoid, rationalize, and deny.
“I’ll get to the gym tomorrow,” we promise.
“I don’t really need that much sleep,” we say as we stay up much later than our body wants/needs.
“I’ll start eating better right after my vacation, or right after the holidays, or right after our guests leave, or ?? You can fill in the blank on this lovely excuse.
I could go on, but I’m certain you get the idea.
In Miss Pepper’s case, she isn’t making up excuses or telling herself little white fibs.
At least I don’t think she is.
But playing games is her speciality.
And she has nailed it.
Because of her achy, arthritic legs she gets a daily anti-inflammatory pill. It really helps.
That must be why she doesn’t want to take it. 🙂
Every day we place the pale pink half-moon-shaped pill into her grain pan. Sometimes right on top. Other times we cover it with a bit of grain.
It doesn’t matter. She always finds it.
And without fail, she proceeds to push it around the pan.
We spend our time peering into her grain, searching for the pill. “Has she gotten it yet?” We sift through her food examining each little morsel of grain, as intently as if searching for weapons of mass destruction.
Sometimes we look at each other and laugh at our total folly.
We figure Pepper must enjoy our attention, because she pushes that pill here and there, avoiding it until she’s down to the last few bites. Sometimes she even spits it out, which sends us scouring the ground, looking for a pink pill in the dirt or snow, depending on the season.
Pepper keeps one eye on us as we go through our silly pill search.
And she usually has a mischievous glint in that same eye. I think we really entertain our persnickety old mare.
As for that promise to get to the gym. Went this morning.