Saturday, April 2, 2011

Stormy Meets The Penguin

Saturday April 2 2011

It's not often you see a penguin out in the Owyhee desert. Certainly not one as big as Pierre.

For all the hanging around Arabians that Stormy (Thoroughbred ex-racehorse) does, he doesn't spook at much. In fact the only real thing he gets scared of is when he's too far out on his own on a ride and he realizes just how far he is. As for tarps, flapping plastic bags on bushes - things that a lot of Arabs would spook at, Stormy remains unfazed (anything like that might be associated with a carrot).

A penguin - now that got his attention, especially when it looked like it was moving towards him by itself.

But when he saw Connie behind it,

and as he heard my reassuring voice on his back, and felt my reasurring hand, he willingly approached,

and became acquainted with Pierre of the Desert.

It will be another good training tool for the Owyhee herd.


  1. Stormy is so good! I wouldn't have been able to have a camera in my hand, let alone have a horse holding still enough to take a picture. I'm sure my haffies would have figured Pierre ate horses for breakfast!

  2. Cute photos of the introduction of something new!
    We've had goats, sheep, llamas, water troughs, pieces of wood, and a snowman all cause unexpected spooks. You never know! Looks like Stormy took the penguin almost in stride.

  3. OK, now that is just silly!! *lol*

    I and horse would have been in next state in one leap.....

  4. I can honestly say that we have never run into a penguin on the trail. What a good horsey you've got! :)

  5. I am mentally playing the Lyle Lovett song, "I Go for Penguins" in my head as I view these photos.