Desert Horses

Welcome to my horse blog, Desert Horses. We live in the desert southwest, near Palm Springs, CA, but board our horses up in our local mountains where it is cooler in the summer. I have 5 horses, all rescues. Here is the ranch up the mountains where the horses stay, April 2014. The roses are blooming!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Quad's soft eye~The Creative Exchange 021511

I'm always amazed by the eyes of horses. Gigondas has distrustful eyes. Cali, Sunni, and Quad have soft eyes. Scout has inquisitive and thoughtful eyes. I caught Quad in a quiet moment last weekend. He has really softened, although he did bolt from me in the arena Sunday! Any advice on how to prevent this? I took him down to the arena and when I turned my back to close the gate, he went backwards and bolted, dragging the lead rope behind him. I was too tired and too weak from my bronchitis to fight him...sigh...I just want to get my breath and strength back! Unfortunately, I keep having relapses and my energy level goes down. Today I felt fine...yesterday, on my birthday, I dragged home, slept an hour, and went to bed at 7:30 p.m.!!!
Photo submitted for The Creative Exchange, http://www.lgordonphotography.com/

11 comments:

lisa said...

What a beautiful photograph Cheryl Ann! I think horses have the most beautiful eyes, and you have shown that so wonderfully here. So expressive.

Thank you so much for sharing this today at The Creative Exchange, and I sure hope you are feeling all better soon!

Dorian Susan said...

I love this attention to "G's" eye. Sorry I know nothing that will help soften a horse. My dog is very timid and I've learned to watch her ears for clues....but the irrational fears continue. It is who she is.
Wishing you good health. Sounds like you need to not over-do. Take care.

Tricia said...

what a beauty! =)

Kritter Keeper at Farm Tails said...

i love the close ups of horse's eyes. i can never get super good ones. so very sorry you aren't feeling up to par on a daily basis. maybe you need to keep on resting before pneomonia sets in.

The Lady Philosopher said...

my praise for your horse rescueing.
Sounds like you have good intuition.. the eyes say all.
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http://theskyofstars.blogspot.com/

Pat said...

Lovely photo and post! Quad is a beautiful horse. Get better soon!

Evelyn S. said...

A once-abused horse? I admire your rescuing these beautiful animals. We have many horses on farms in this area, but they are all so muddy this time of year...and it would be muddy to get up to the fence with a camera. ;-) Beautiful shot!

Gail said...

Fantastic photo...the eyes always tell the truth.

Cheryl Ann said...

Gail, yes, they do and when I first looked at Gigondas, her eyes were mistrustful of humans. ALL humans! Now, she is more relaxed, but she still has a LONG WAY to go! I think that Quad has the most intriguing eyes of all my horses!

Horses Are Our Lives said...

I love the quiet eyes of horses too. thanks for visiting and commenting on my blog. I commented back to you there, but just want to tell you that your words did help. Our sadness of losing a horse will go away, and we will have fond memories. Quad and his quiet eyes can help you.

Maybe with the bolting, start with having a grain bucket down there, so he knows he'll get some grain after you close the gate. not much, just a treat.

I had bronchitis last winter, coughed for a month. I ended up needing an inhaler for a week to get over the cough.
Brenda

Johnny Nutcase said...

i love the close-up, beautiful horse!