20 May 2018

Hearing Things

One beautiful evening, I took Esther out for a little walk around the yard. Blue Belle was standing at the gate and so I decided to test a theory. I believe I read somewhere that professional photographers sometimes play dog noises to dogs during photoshoots to get an alert expression. I wondered if horse noises would work for Blue Belle, since she so often prefers to eat when I'm trying to take pictures of her.

I hit play on a ten minute video of horse noises and...

Blue Belle instantly perked up. She came over to stare through the gate at me, trying to work out where the other horse was.

I was pleased to be getting some good shots of her, but then she whinnied and took off, charging up the hill to whinny some more. She was obviously looking for the noisy horse!

Just as quickly she came charging down the hill.

And then, much to my amusement, she went looking at the other side of the field!

Esther and I walked around to find her, getting some pictures along the way.

Blue Belle had stopped looking for a moment.

...But then, I'm somewhat ashamed to admit, I pressed play again.

Blue Belle galloped off and did several laps of the field before running back to the gate where I'd first seen her, and she didn't bother to come back. I thought I'd best leave her alone.

Esther, meanwhile, was standing at my feet and wondering what I was laughing so hard at.

Esther had great fun, and even got to come into the house for a little while.

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