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April 16, 2019: A Conversation with Tyra

The following conversation took place tonight, after Pete and I took her and Tinni for an outing around the loop.

Tyra: I’m still hungry. Got any more hay to dole out?
Alys: No more tonight.
T: Bummer.
A: You’ll have something to look forward to, tomorrow.
T: I live for the moment. I want it now.
A: You are S.O.L.
T: That means shit out of luck.
A: How do you know this?
T: I’ve been around the loop a few times.
A: Like tonight. It was a really good outing, wasn’t it?
T: Oh yes. I so badly needed to expend some energy.
A: I knew this, this is why we took you out at 9:30 p.m.
T: You know a lot of things.
A: You think so?
T: Oh yes.
A: And you know a lot of things too.
T: Yep.
A: You looking forward to the upcoming trip?
T: Yes. I am wondering, are we going to go back to Silver Creek Farm? I would like to see my former horse buddies and my former owner.
A: Pete says it’s a bit out of our way.
T: Well, I sure would like to spend a few days there.

A: We’ll see. Anything you’re concerned about?
T: Raudi told me that I can expect for there to be some long days and times when grub is in short supply.
A: This will be the exception rather than the rule.
T: What if we get to camp and there isn’t any grass or hay?
A: We’ll keep going.
T: And what if nothing exists there?
A: I’ll give you my dinner.
T: Dehydrated food?
A: No, you can have my morning oatmeal, my lunch time peanut butter sandwich and dried fruit, and my dinner time pasta.
T: And what will you eat?
A: I can miss a meal or two and not get all bent out of shape about it.
T: Me too. But not Raudi.
A: Yes, I’m aware of that.
T: And what if there isn’t any water?
A: We’re more likely to run low on food. The maps indicate where the water sources are.
T: It seems like you have this all figured out.
A: Mostly. And what we don’t have figured out, we’ll have figured out by the time we leave here. This will be in a month.
T: And we are coming back here, right?
A: Right. To the same old homestead.
T: After a summer of travelling, it’s going to be hard, again, getting used to being in a small pen.
A: Yes. I’m aware of this. Tyra, every day I see you four out in the paddock and wish that I could do better by you.
T: You mean provide us with a big pasture to run in?
A: Yes.
T: Someday this will come to be. In the meantime . . .
A: Yes, in the meantime I get you all out as often as I can.
T: We are all very appreciative of your efforts.
A: But appreciation isn’t enough. You all deserve better.
T: It’s coming.
A: How do you know?
T: Because, I’m Tyra . . .
A: . . . all knowing.
T: That’s right!

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