Friday, December 26, 2008

The Scent of a Horse's Neck

Little Offbeat Horse Pleasure #487: The scent and feel of a horse's neck. Montana's neck smells a little like clove and nutmeg. Johnnie's has a note of freshly cut grass.

My mother, who never did meet my horses in person but who loved horses from afar all her life, used to say to me, "Give Montana a kiss on the neck for me". He now expects these kisses and accepts them graciously like all other acts of worship that come to His Highness.

And on another topic: Here's a picture of the new sport soon to hit the dog Olympics: Competitive Treat-Chewing. Which dog can chew his treat up the fastest and then make an attempt upon the other guy's treat?

It always works out the same way. Rufus the New Boy a.k.a BadAss, finishes his, takes Gabey's and walks off. Gabe is left looking surprised: "Why?? Why would you take my treat??" Rufus: "Because I Can."


Grey Horse Matters said...

Don't know why, but I love the smell of my horses too. Non-horsey people come to the barn and wrinkle their noses at the smells, but I like it.
We have our little Maggie who is a very motivated eater do the same thing to her poor brother Murphy. He likes to savor his treats, she likes to steal them.

lytha said...

My sister and I have always contended that Arabians smell different from other horses. I'm not sure I can still tell, but I remember a time when I could.

What I notice now is how stabled horses smell different from outdoor horses. Outdoor horses smell like horses and what they eat, indoor horses smell like barns.

They should bottle and sell that under-the-mane smell. Then when I'm in a nursing home someday, too old to be near a horse, I can take out my bottle and shut my eyes and remember.

~lytha in germany

Flying Lily said...

GreyHorse: Ha, little Maggie has the same idea: treat piracy! A barn is a symphony of wonderful smells.

20 meter circle of life said...

I love the smell of horses, but I have to admit that puppy breath warms my heart!

Jennifer MacNeill-Traylor said...

Nothing smells better!

cbcole said...

Lytha: How do Arabians smell?? Now I have to do some smelling research. I will buy a bottle of that stuff and yet, I do not accept this phrase "too old to ride". Yesterday I was joking with my husband about goals and I said "My goal is to ride a horse on my 100th birthday". And suddenly: I do have a riding goal!!

20Meter: Puppy breath and puppy kisses....ahhhh.

Jennifer M-T: How right you are!!

ezra_pandora said...

Ahh. I love ALL horsy smells. Even the smell in my vehicle when I turn the heater for the feet on :))

And for the dogs, we had to stop giving our girls rawhide because ONE of them, didn't know when to stop and would get sick every time. Cleaning up regurgitated rawhide is not fun. Neither is finding it with your barefeet in the wee hours of the morning. lol

Hope you had a very merry Christmas!!

Flying Lily said...

EzraPandora: I have discovered the same downside to rawhide treats. Slippery when regurgitated. Definite caution there.