My New Best Friend

While riding through the countryside in search of images to feed my insatiable WordPress hunger, I came upon these two in an open field.

© 2012  Michael Fiveson

Like an overgrown adult child I stood 30 yards from them and made ridiculous noises in an attempt to get them to at least turn around and look at me. After 15 minutes of sounding like an idiot, the paint horse finally began to turn around some. The next thing I know, they are both approaching me rapidly.

© 2012  Michael Fiveson

I was completely stunned at how beautiful the paint horse was and he made his affections known by posing, nudging, and letting me touch his pretty face.

© 2012  Michael Fiveson

My best guess is that after listening to me making those silly noises, they decided that I probably would not shut up unless they came to see me. After a good 15 minutes of snuggling we all agreed that we should probably get on with our day and said an emotional goodbye.

© 2012  Michael Fiveson

The much larger brown horse stood back a few feet and watched as I bonded with our friend the paint. I think I will have to make a return visit and see if this beauty remembers me. I then proceeded to get on my own horse and continue my travels to feed my WordPress hunger.

© 2012  Michael Fiveson

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105 thoughts on “My New Best Friend

  1. Oh Mike you got it all wrong! That horse wasn’t after you – he was after your bike of course. He probably thought if he gave you a few nuzzles to win you over you’d let him actually lick that motorcycle!

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  2. I bet if you take those horses some ‘maryjanes, or bit-o-honey’s, you really will have friends for life. And I can assure you, you will be remembered by them.

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  3. You are amazing… I loved so much this post… Nothing can be so beautiful than horses… I always prefer them but don’t ask me if I have ever had a horse and had an experience of a horse riding!
    Thank you my dear amazing Mike, with my love, nia

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  4. You have some nice friends over there 🙂 I love the color of the Paint 🙂 But your “horse” looks good as well 😀

    But please no candy for horses, better carrots 😀 Or Apples. Shaman would love you for both lol

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    • ‘Snuggles with Paint’…..good title. I will author a children’s book about a defective adult who relates better with horses than humans.
      So nice to hear from you, one of my very first WordPress friends. Thank you.

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  5. Awww Mike, what beautiful photos and a wonderful story to match! You brought back some nice memories for me. I had horses from just a wee lass up until I was 17-18 years old. They are wonderful friends indeed. Thanks for sharing your talent with us!

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  6. Yes, I did catch the YouTube video of you trying to get the horses attention, it’s gone viral. Nice photos, pretty horses, I love paint horses!

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    • Now that is funny! If someone did video me I would have to go into hiding. Kind of a witness protection program for idiots, where everyone talks to horses.
      Suggestions?

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  7. The horses are great, Mike…so glad you made a new friend (not as if you lack in that area!).

    What grabbed me in the first shot is: they apparently live in ‘the white barn’ you featured. Happy to see the owners have given the horses the run of the land.

    BTW, I admire your own horse an awful lot!

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  8. The countryside there is almost too much. If there is such a thing. Your photos are like paintings, you know. I smiled at the ones of the paint “looking down your lens”. Horses are something else. Maybe you should trade that Death-Wish horse of yours for a slower model like the paint. 😉 I worry about MF screaming down the highways looking only at the scenery!!

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    • If there is such a thing as being a safe driver on a motorcycle, I am it. But since there is no such thing, it doesn’t really matter. I appreciate your concern George, and hopefully I’ll be smart enough to hang it up when the time comes. Not yet.
      Thanks for the lovely comment about my photos. I am well into a short story that is meaningful to me and will be an emotional read.
      Thank you for worrying about MF 🙂

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      • Hey, I will be waiting for the story! You are a complex man, MF. And a multi-talented one at that. Your story will be good.

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      • I’m tempted to leave the horse subject alone now that “MF” is talking about a short story, George…and sorry for the “jump-in,” but can’t pass that one up…and festering for 51 years, Mike? I can’t wait….

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      • Your comments are always welcomed Scott. Yes, festering and still painful. I managed a good bit of writing today. It won’t be a long story, but 2-3 pages seem likely. Like other stories I write, I get a sense of how and where I want to go and then I weave it from my mental outline. I hope it won’t disappoint.

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      • Doesn’t sound like it could be a disappointment, Mike. I’ve read some of your other works that seem to come from a similar place…so no worries about that. I’m sure your heart will shine brighter than any flaws you might imagine in the writing. I will stay-tuned, my friend. Good night for now.

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  9. I had a similar experience with a group of donkeys last week. I was so chuffed when they finally came over to say hello. I’m hoping to see more pictures of these two in the future, they are delightful and you’ve made lots of people very happy with this beautiful post.

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  10. handsdown Mike those two are beauties *smiles* thank you for capturing that, I am partial however to your horse with it’s chrome and leather appointments, guess it’s not my first rodeo ;–))

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  11. Paint is a beauty and so are these photographs. I had a drive across Indiana/Ohio last weekend and I so wanted to tell my son to pull over so I could photograph all the horses I saw, but we were on a tight schedule. How lucky you were to find these two beauties and have them befriend you.

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  12. I love the first image. It reminds me of a classic painting. So pastoral…

    I ride horses AND motorcycles, and the horses definitely have more personality. Though I have to admit to getting bucked off a bike a couple of times….

    RPRT Photo

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  13. Having grown up around horses I have made those ridiculous noises thousands of times, I have also been known to swear a little when I am completely ignored and the horse runs off in a different direction, perhaps it had something to do with the bridle in my hand 🙂

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    • I am meeting new horse friends and will post more photos soon. I think it is SO cool how they come over to see me and how sweet they are all the time.
      Thanks for the comment!

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