January 14th, 2009 For All Ye ShoGun- ites

It’s been an overwhelming, wonderful, super-fantastic year!  For all you ShoGun-ites, here is an update!

ShoGun has continued to GROW and he’s put on about 250 lbs! 

The snow of winter was a whole new experience for him.  As the first flakes began to make their way down to the ground, Shogun did his best to taste, kick, paw, flick, taste and stomp them.  He ran laps around the pasture trying to shake each of them off and had all of the horses staring at him in amazement at his incredible tenacity to master himself.  He’s a mischievous horse with the kind of impish innocense of a young boy.  They weren’t buying his cries of “wolf”!  Instead, they stood passively, waiting for him to come to his senses that snow really was yet another natural wonder of Maine.

Now imagine a horse that has spent his entire life in the desert of Nevada and you can begin to understand why snow might pose a risk.  An no sooner had he adapted to snow when he had to learn to walk on ice! 

ShoGun has a keen understanding of how to use his long legs.  He floats like a gazelle and pirouettes frequently on the tip of one hind hoof.  He engages the other male horses in fits of play and is the master of biting the throatlatches and hamstrings of anyone daring enough to indulge his stallion-like fantasies.  His is a life of Wahoo!

Then one day his Wahoo! became Ahoo!  He ripped out of the barn oblivious to the previous nights change of terrain and promptly found himself laid flat out on the ground.

Now mind you, I tried to warn ShoGun.  We worked the day before walking up and down the icey driveway to give him some sense of the fact that his fleet of feet needed to be sticky on sleet.

His quick slip-n-slide impression didn’t end there.  In a flash he was up and sure enough, shppphtl! he was down.  This time he stayed there and carefully took stock.  The other horses nodded as if to talk.  They encouraged him up and then that was that!  He no longer flies with the abandon of exhuberance.  He’s still the same horse, but he watches his feet and hounds at the ground with his nose.  A good sign and another chalk mark that horses CAN reason.