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Wordless Wednesday

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Wordless Wednesday

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Wordless Wednesday

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Flaring horse nostrils!

I don’t mind horses but every so often my human likes to check my horse-radar calmness.

Nice and calm ready to stay clear of passing horse and Mrs Horse-Rider

Vikki and Mrs Horse-Rider practise so that horse and I get a positive experience and nice treats for being polite and quiet when near to each other.

Ready and waiting for our jackpot treats now! 

Yesterday, we took a short cut from one heathland through the forest to another heathland. It is a very old path probably used by carts a long time ago but because of its steep hill climbs not many people use it.

For some reason, the horses who are allowed to live, graze and roam freely on the heathlands had the same idea!

Surprise!  We’ve never seen horses come out here before?!

I had been exploring ahead, but once I saw the number of  horses I quickly turned round to go back to Vikki.

Horses coming!

Too many of them to walk past..eeek! 

Check out whats coming behind me! (even Vikki starts to wobble with her camera!)

The horses’ ears were ‘mobile’ moving around, their heads held high and alert whilst they were making neighing noises, swishing their tails with a few foot stomps to tell us “Hey, we are here and we’re not sure about you and your human over there!”.

As a hunting doggie hound, I instinctively knew the horses were alerted to us and that being quiet, keeping away and moving out of their way was the best idea.

Anyone who walks with their dogies in areas where there are horses or bridleways should have a quick read about horse language for at least an insight and understanding. For an example of general explanations on horse body language click here.

I think these horses were grumpy and agitated that we were on the path!

Er…don’t panic but they are heading our way faster than we can walk away…uh-oh!

Only one thing for it, we had to get off the path and walk into the bushes so that we were well out of their way.  We didn’t want to disturb, upset or frighten them.

As they were just about to pass, they all stopped for ages curious to look at us…

Spot the nostril difference!

Blowing through the nostrils (click here for some good descriptions and explanations).

One of the nosey horses decided she wanted a closer inspection (or maybe she wanted a yummy treat) and tried to get nearer to where we were.  She started to walk through the bushes towards us!

She understood that we weren’t interested when we turned away and walked deeper into the bushes to show her we were not a threat and wanted to be left alone.

Two of the big boy horses started to jostle, jump and have a noisy jab at each other.

The two boys continued to jump on each other making moody noises down the hill which distracted all the other horses and they continued on their way following the boys down to the other heathland. 

Finally we see the back-end of the horses….Phew!

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Meeting local doggies

I’ve been meeting some of the local doggies on our walks.  Just for a sniff and quick hello, since most of these doggies have to keep up with their very busy humans who continue to march ahead.

“Hey Zola…do you know which way my humans went?” Confused smile

Oh well..I’m lucky my human is an ‘ambler’ .  There is no fear of her striding too far ahead, quite the opposite!  She likes to pause and look around, watch me explore or meet the other doggies.

Come on human..let’s get on with our walk!

Here are a few of the doggies I have been fortunate to meet last week.

Percy

“Make it a quick sniff Zola!”

“Ooops – Uhmm..did my humans go that way?”

Monty

Keeley

Errrrrr..not quite sure?

One day, whilst practising my leaping skills (us Ridgebacks call it ‘pronking‘ by the way)

Pronk….pronk…

…out from the bushes appeared a professional Poodle pronker girl!

Wheeeeeeee…..

Zoom zoom zoom…

Her name is Meon the black Standard Poodle Girl and she is 5 years old.

Meon

My human was very pleased to meet her humans who are also ‘amblers’.  They stopped for a while to let us say hello and demonstrate our pronking skills to each other.  Meon’s humans were curious to accompany us on one of our special ‘off-track’ walking routes through the forest that they did not know about.  So, off we went into the forest.

Meon striking a fine forest Poodle pose!

It was super that Meon and her humans joined us on our walk.Smile

Another day, I came across something hairy rolling in the ferns and heathers!

Huh?

What is it?

“Hello?”

Doggie?

Nevermind..Let’s play!

Sniff sniff…definitely a doggie Winking smile

Elizabeth the Bearded Collie Girl…known as “Lizbef”

She could be a doggie hair model right?

Her human is another ‘ambler’ and had very nice treats…Be right back

Yum yum…keep ’em coming! Party smile

Now a pose for the camera – “Say ‘Chewieeeees’!” Open-mouth smile

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