☆ April 5, 2010
Sunshine is Mr. Social. He’s the Paint horse on the right. He wants to know everybody. And to know him is to be loved by him.
Sunshine is what’s known as a “pasture pig” ~ he stands around and eats all day. He’s hard to ride for work because he doesn’t like breaking trail; he prefers to follow another horse and stick to a leisurely walking pace.
But Sunshine works in other ways. He brings light and love to those around him. He’s gentle. He’s happy. He loves getting attention and loves giving it. I’ve spent many an hour simply laying on his back, looking at the stars.
When I was riding Houdini regularly (pre-Ranger), I always brought Sunshine along on a lead because he would work himself into a lather if he was left behind (they are brothers, after all). When the three of us traveled the county road, we had to detour at every pasture along the way so that Sunshine could say hello (and sometimes even flirt) with each and every horse we passed.
He and the neighbor’s horse have had hilarious rituals across the fence, mirroring eachother, down to synchronized rolling. Give and take ~ it’s Sunshine’s way. But he’s never been afraid to be the first to give.