Last weekend, I glanced over at the neighbor's field while I was filling buckets and saw this.
This is the friendliest little herd; they do this all the time. It put a smile on my face to see such a companionable group of friends.
As I snuck around the side to get a photo from the front, Stepper saw me and immediately hustled over to say hi. Stepper is a 30 year old morgan gelding who looks quite good for being a very senior citizen. Up until just recently, he'd been packing his owner around the neighborhood. But after a funny swelling in a front leg and a couple of wobbly steps, his owner started to feel that even short neighborhood hacks might be too much for the old fellow.
I was sorry to have interrupted their afternoon snooze, but they seemed happy for the distraction and eagerly followed me around the field.
I finally gave up trying to take any more photos as Stepper wanted to rub and snuggle all over me. He knows he's well-loved and feels that he deserves everyone's attention. I believe his owner has had him since he was around 3 years old. Now that's a lifetime together!