After yesterday's post, I've decided that the best thing I can bring to my work with horses (and writing, and piano, and parenting, and, and...) is a sense of humor. A lot happens in life that we can't control, call it chaos, but we need to move on.
There are times when I've thought my horses (and other animals) might actually have a sense of humor--they seem to tease each other, and me, on purpose.
Could it be? Do animals have senses of humor? I definitely think they feel joy, and maybe they laugh, too.
You may have seen this joke circulate, but I cut out some and only kept the parts that I can relate to (and added my own comments):
You Know You're A Horse Person When...
...your horse gets new shoes more often than you do. (I think we're actually tied. I'm addicted to boots!)
…your mouth waters at the sight of a truck full of hay. (Definitely this one!! There are times I've considered chasing a load down the freeway to ask, Where did you get that beautiful hay???!!!???)
...you consider a golf course as a waste of good pasture land. (Actually, I've thought about grazing my horse ON the golf course! Think of the money I'd save!)
...you pull a $17,000 horse trailer with a $1,000 pick-up truck. (This one isn't me, but it could be--a horse trailer with a living quarters...dreamy.)
...you realize finding a horse shoe is truly lucky because you've saved ten bucks. (Oh, how many times have I walked that pasture looking for shoes--but not to save ten bucks--to make sure the nails are accounted for!)
...someone does something nice for you and you pat them on the neck and say 'good boy'. (Uh huh, why not?)
...you try to get by someone in a constricted space and instead of saying "excuse me" to him/her, you cluck at them instead. (You bet I do--it works!)
...you show up for an appointment in your city clothes and when you get there people reach across the table to pick alfalfa out of your hair. (This one happens WAY too often to me! I don't know how alfalfa gets into so many places--the unmentionable places, for sure. It's down the bra I hate worst of all--try picking that out during coffee with the girls! And, it itches!!)
...no one wants to ride in your car because they'll get sweet feed and hay in their socks and on their clothes...but that's ok because you'll have to rearrange all the tack to make room for them anyway! (and dog hair and horse hair--have lint roller, will travel)
...you say "whoa" to the dog. (Well, my dog is as big as a horse, so this one is excusable, right?)
...you see the vet more than your child's pediatrician. (Sad, but true--does that mean my children are really, really healthy?)
...you groom your horse daily for hours and you haven't seen a beautician since...? (Only because I don't trust beauticians with my unruly mane.)
...someone asks for a screwdriver and you hand them a hoof pick. (I've used a hoof pick as a screw driver more than once--haven't you? Use what you got!)
...you clean tack after every ride but you never, ever, wash the truck. (Well, confession: I don't clean tack after every ride, but I never wash the truck either!)
...you can remember worming schedules, lessons, and farrier visits in your head, but often forget your class schedule, household chores, and meals. (If you met my farrier, you'd know why I don't forget an appt. He'd be gone, baby, gone, if I did!)
...you are unreasonably pleased to get a horse item, ANY horse item, as a gift. (So true! Anyone want to send me one??)
...you stop channel surfing at Budweiser Clydesdale commercials. (Well, they're funny.)
...you actually get to a point where flies don't bother you that much anymore. (Well, kinda...I'm very thankful for fly predators! It's not that they don't bother me, I just want to conquer them and feel very pleased when I'm winning.)
Hope you have a wonderful (and humorous) day with your horses, dogs, cats, goats, husbands and children!
And I'm very interested, if you have time to comment, do you think horses laugh, too?
Oh, and in a weird twist of fate, I have a friend who posted this link on her facebook account--Laughing Dog Sound Comforts Dogs in Shelter! And, you can buy a CD of recorded dog laughter, too!