Thursday, 12 May 2011
An adventure with some cows
Titch (horse) dislikes cows. I've no idea why, but there it is. Some people are afraid of spiders. It's one of those things.
So there were were, yesterday, moseying along, dreaming (Titch) writing stories (me) when we came to a gate. On the other side of the gate were cows (to the left) and sheep (to the right). So I thought we'd go through the gate and turn rignt. So far, so good.
We got through the gate, and then disaster struck. The cows - young and curious - decided to come and investigate, as cows do. Things proceeded as follows:
Titch: I'm out of here! (Doing his plunging and leaping thing)
Me: They're only cows.
Titch: Yeah. Right. I'm still out of here.
Me: But they're much smaller than you. (They were only heifers.)
Titch: But there are more of them. (True)
Me: But we haven't closed the gate!
Titch: Ooooooh no. Not going near that gate again. It's surrounded by cows. (More plunging and leaping.)
Me: But they'll get out!
The cows came closer.
Titch: Well, you can come with me if you like, or I'll drop you off on the way, but I'm off!
And we were. We careered up the hill, leaving the gate open, with me praying that horses are faster than cows (they are. Much). I phoned the yard to tell them what had happened, and they sent someone to close the gate (mercifully, the cows were still on the right side, the grass being greener etc etc). Titch was sweating and frightened, all his worse fears having been fully justified, and trembled his way home with an "I told you so" expression on his face.
Meanwhile, I have a problem. There are a lot of cows around here. Hitherto, Titch has tolerated them. Just.
But not any more. So - does anyone know how to cure a horse of an irrational fear of cows? Because with things as they are, we won't be going anwhere far for a long time. Horses have very long memories.