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Our girl Pepper has become known around the pasture as a bit of a flirt. The fact that she is now thirty-two years old and arthritic doesn’t faze her. Or her suitors it seems!

Over the years she has engaged in several dalliances.

Who could forget Red, her bad-boy Mustang?

Or Fred, the boyfriend none of us liked because he bullied everyone else in the Herd of Oldsters.

And then there was Mr. Big from the horse hotel when she and Chickadee spent a couple weeks there over the holidays.

 

I must say I was more than a little surprised when I arrived at the pasture a few days ago to find Jack banished from the Golden Girls and a new dark handsome stranger in his place.

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Dark Handsome Stranger watching his new girlfriend eat her lunch.

Actually it was Pepper and the Dark Handsome Stranger together, with Chickadee off to the side, and Jack nowhere to be seen.

Truth be told, Chickadee seems a little disgusted with the whole thing. (haven’t we all been there?)

 

“Oh Pepper,” I said. “Not again! This is no way to treat your old friend Jack who has been so loyal.”

 

Sad to say, loyalty has never seemed to matter to Miss P. when she is driven by her wild and crazy love hormones.

 

But I have to remind myself that this will pass, like all the others.

And in the meantime, I’m happy that our old girl is still enjoying her life.

What a lesson that is for all of us who aren’t as young as we once were.

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You go girl!

Since several of you have inquired, I decided that today was a good day to give you an update. And yes, you can tell from the accompanying photo, Miss Pepper and Beau are still, shall we say, seeing each other. It isn’t nearly as frantic as it was earlier this summer, or as intense.

 

Sometimes they hang out together, and sometimes they don’t. We’ve learned that Beau’s real name is Fred. I’m not sure how we got that wrong, but we did. So, Fred has continued to add to his harem of mares. He’s not as demanding, perhaps because he has a LOT of women to tend. That can’t be easy!

 

When I bring Pepper in for her dinner, Beau/Fred scarcely notices. Doesn’t even raise his head. “Yeah, yeah, whatever,” he seems to say in horse body language.

 

We also learned that his very best friend, a cute little Quarter Horse mare is back in the pasture. She’d gotten hurt and was in the barn for a couple of months healing. She looks a bit like Pepper, and in my fantasy world, I think Beau/Fred chose Pepper because she reminded him of his true girlfriend. Now that she’s back, they are inseparable.

 

The bachelors aren’t as afraid of Beau/Fred. In fact they all graze in the same general vicinity much of the time. And sometimes, Pepper hangs with her old homeboys. That’s when we really smile.

 

So it has worked out. You probably knew it would. High drama for a month or so, and now life has calmed. We’re all breathing easier. Isn’t that how so many events in life go? You’d think I’d be better at trusting. I guess in a small way, I am.

And I keep having mini lessons, just so I’ll really get it.

Gee, thanks!

People seem to be in love with lists. Grocery lists, to-do lists, wish lists, Christmas lists, bucket lists, vacation lists, gratitude lists. The list of lists is endless.

And so on this rather cool August morning, I give you my list of ten things I love about my girl Miss Pepper

  1. Pepper is authentic. She is the 100% genuine real deal. She never pretends with anyone. If she likes you, or doesn’t, it’s obvious right away.
  2. Pepper knows what she likes and goes for it. All out commitment. There is no “Maybe I like this. I’m just not sure” with her. Alfalfa cubes, horse candy, being around other horses, going for a walk. She’ll let you know. She’s my role model about asking for what I want, and not settling for anything less.
  3. Pepper is a detail girl. She pays attention to the world around her. She notices things.  I am in love with her face when it is on full alert. Ears perked up, face open and eyes intense.  I trust her to know what’s going on. The others in her herd do too.
  4. There is a spot behind her ears that feels like velvet. The hair is short and so soft. I love to run my fingers along her ear and melt into the softness. It’s focused stress management for me.
  5. Pepper has a great sense of humor. She’s not a joke teller or one who plays practical jokes. Hers is more of a dry humor. It goes with her ability to notice things. I know she’s smiling inside most of the time. Especially when I’m doing something rather clumsily. She tolerates me, even finds me amusing.
  6. Pepper is a loyal friend. She worries about her herd mates when they are gone. She is especially loyal to Bud. They’ve been together since 1991 and that counts for something in horse and human terms.
  7. Pepper tolerates newbies. Horses and humans.
  8. Pepper is forgiving. She doesn’t always like the things we ask of her. And yet, she continues to come to us when we ask. Who knows what she’s thinking? But she almost always cuts us some slack. There were a lot of years when I was a total klutz around her. She never made fun of me to my face. Maybe she said things to Bud or one of the others. But never to me. I appreciate that.
  9. Pepper is a leader. She makes bold decisions and then lives with them. I attribute my business sense largely to her. Show up, stay in touch, take risks, follow through, and ask for what you want. All come from Miss P.
  10. There is a soul inside this mare that is huge. Every day she reminds me to be kind, forgiving, and open to the world around me. She is my teacher, my friend, and my soul mate.

I wish you could know her. Maybe through my words you do. At least a little.

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