Haakon is feeling very sorry for himself and I hate seeing him like that – all down and miserable – so we went for a walk together to look for thistles.
You can see from the picture where he was bitten – it is all lumpy.
Anyway, Haakon has always loved thistles and I hoped a nice walk would cheer him up a bit.
It was a slow going – Floss brought BeAnne along too and she was not helpful and absolutely determined to walk under Haakon’s every hoof! Mostly she was on a lead to try and keep her safe. It would’ve been a total accident if he had trodden on her – he tries to avoid that sort of thing if he can and is very responsible but it seemed that BeAnne was on a mission.
We stopped when Haakon wanted to stop.
He looked at the neighbours’ horses who were shouting at him (he’s still handsome, even from a distance!)
And he carefully chose his thistles…..
…. sometimes stopping to dig them out or to eat the flower heads.
He was allowed to stop for grass too – it was his walk, after all.
As we went slowly along, Haakon did visibly cheer up and that was good. It was what we wanted.
This is Haakon’s thistle face – sort of “ow, ow, ow but I love them!”
Like when I eat a chilli or a pickled onion.
I didn’t really need to lead my old friend. He just walked companionably along side.
Iacs was desperate to come too but we couldn’t leave Klængur on his own as he would mind.
Maybe next time.