Sunday, December 9, 2012

Santa's Reindeer?

On a cold snowy morning......

.......what to their wondering eyes did appear?

Could it be Santa's reindeer?

Alas, it was just two bull elk and a cow.

This morning I heard a truck drive by the house then stop. I looked out and he was idling on the road. I decided I'd better check the horses. When I went to the door I immediately saw three what I thought at first were horses, in the field back behind my horses' pasture.

The elk were trying to decide how to get over the fence. Problem was, they were facing 30 head of horses in the other pasture, electric fence all around, a road on one side, houses and pastures on the other.....They were very perplexed. I watched them just hoping they didn't mess with the fences. Miss Luna and My Boy were very interested. My Boy eventually gave up and went back to his hay but Luna was transfixed. Better get used to them now girlie, we run into them on the trail sometimes!

Look closely (sorry, super zoomed photo on a pocket digital) can you see how big the racks are on the bulls? Eventually they head toward the right corner of the back fence, to cross the road and head to the river. I saw cars flying down the road without a clue- a large motor coach bus with four cars behind it. Luckily the driver appeared to have spotted one of the bulls as he crossed the bar ditch and started up towards the road, so he slowed his vehicle. Of course, some impatient idiot (they run rampant around here) in an SUV had to go around the motor coach, without a clue that he could be hitting an 800 animal at 65 mph. Luckily the bull panicked and turned back. They waited a bit longer, then the bulls eventually crossed. The cow couldn't seem to figure out their route through the downed fence, so she leaped the fence and away they went, safe from cars (and cars safe from them......)

By the way, did you notice that my Luna looks almost as tall as My Boy in these photos? My 3 year old was supposed to be my little mare! And look how BAY she is! I am adding a photo below from when I first got her~ can you believe it? Tracey said her color will change multiple times as she sheds out in the spring. I can't wait to see!

Have a great weekend, everyone!!

Ranch Girl


Reddunappy said...

Oh my gosh! that was my first thought! She is taller than your boy!!! LOL
She is going to be a big girl!!

fernvalley01 said...

She is a big girl! and gorgeous too, glad the elk got safely away and no fences or folks were hurt

AmberRose- Girl With a Dream said...

She's getting big now, she is soo cute though :) so glad to hear that the elk got away I'd loved to have seen them :)

Crystal said...

yup the multi colors of raons, lol. I have a red dun that looks sorrel in the summer and really dark almost bay in winter. Amazing how much different winter hair can look.

Anonymous said...

I'm thinking how those elk escape Sta. Claus:) Anyway glad you've taken such wonderful photos. Like your horses I'm enjoying watching them too:)

Paint Girl said...

Wow. I thought that Luna was getting pretty tall! And she still has a few more years of growing! A lot of Mustangs go through their final growth spurt at 5 & 6 yrs old! Chance has sprouted up recently too!!
Love the elk. They are so pretty!

achieve1dream said...

That's the first thing I noticed was how tall she's getting! And I can't believe how dark she is. It's so cool watching her change colors. :)