Alys: Hrimmi, what do you think of this weather?
Hrimmi: One day it’s warm, the next it’s cold, then it’s warm again.
A: That’s an accurate assessment. I’m asking you what you think about it.
H: I don’t think about it. It just is.
A: What sort of weather do you prefer?
H: I don’t have a preference.
A: Were you the least bit frightened when the wind was blowing hard?
H: Well yes, we all were.
A: What was it you were afraid of?
H: I was afraid that one of the trees might blow over and into the pen.
A: That’s a reasonable fear. But might you have seen it coming and run?
H: Not in the dark.
A: So then, you were most fearful when it was dark.
H: Yes, that’s right.
Alys and Hrimmi
A: And the others?
H: Tinni did not like being in his small enclosure. He wanted to be in a big open field.
A: But had we let him out with you mares, he would not have been any happier.
H: You can blame Tyra for that. She’s always going after his food.
A: This is why I keep him in his own pen.
H: Why don’t you put Tyra in Tinni’s pen?
A: You know, this is an excellent idea.
H: Yes, he could spend half a day out with Raudi and me, and the other half of the day in his pen.
A: And Tyra could do the same.
H: So there, I helped you solve a problem.
A: Thank you. What do you think of your ice shoes?
H: They are a bit heavy for my liking. But I will get used to them.
A: Without them, we would not have gone for a walk today.
H: That’s right.
A: And it was a lovely walk, out on the trails.
H: I most enjoyed getting off the trails and running in the snow.
A: Yes, the trails are very punchy, and the going is extremely slow.
H: You should gallop around in the snow.
A: My legs aren’t long enough.
H: And you only have two of them.
A: I would, in the next life, like to come back as a horse.
H: Would you?
A: Oh yes.
H: I don’t think that you’d enjoy it. If you’re a horse, you don’t have much of a choice as to when you’re fed. The same is true about being given treats. You’d be at your owner’s mercy.
A: I’d need a good owner. Do you think that I’m a good owner?
H: There are far worse than you out there.
A: How do you know this?
H: When we get together, we horses talk.
A: And so what have you heard?
H: Nothing lately. We have not been around any other horses for a while.
A: We did go for a trail ride with Terri and Dinni in September. And you met Linda’s horse Monte in December.
H: Sometime, not today, I’ll tell you more. But please excuse me – the others are eating my share of the hay.
Next: 24. 1/24/22: Pete Paints