The following are only my point-and-shoot snapshots in yesterday’s dusk, so they’re not so great, but I just had to share the tale of Touch Gold and the Two Geese.
Yesterday two of our newer residents, Wake Forest and Talk Logistics, moved in together. Around sunset I went back to the farm to see how they were getting along.
Wake Forest (L) and Talk Logistics make friends.
Beautifully, it turned out. They grazed close together, tussled a little like foals, and seemed to be generally having a happy time getting to know each other. But a bit of a commotion in the paddock diagonal to theirs distracted me. Two geese had landed in Touch Gold’s paddock. Touch Gold was not pleased. He was pawing and snorting, telling them in no uncertain terms that Talk Logistics could share his paddock with Wake Forest if he wanted, but that did not mean that he, Touch Gold, had any intenion of sharing his home with geese.
Maybe that was too subtle for the geese. They paid him no attention. That, I think, added insult to injury. Clearly, they didn’t know who they were dealing with. The winner of the 1997 Belmont Stakes, the horse who denied the Triple Crown to Hall-of-Famer Silver Charm, no less. Plainly, those geese needed to be told what’s what. So he wheeled, and off he went!
The first charge scattered the enemy, but they didn’t retreat.
The second charge involved some fancier maneuvers.
Having put some fear into them, he returned to check in with his audience (I was the only audience on hand). Did I see that? Did I observe his formidable magnificence?
“Yes, I saw you,” I told him. “I am in awe of your stallionly majesty.” Needless to say, I totally meant it.
There was only one problem. The geese were still in his paddock.
Sorry for the blurry photo. He was moving too fast for me to follow with the camera.
Once more into the breach!
(That’s Popcorn Deelites who’s being oblivious in the background)
Again, the geese scattered. Satisfied, Touch Gold returned to me at the fence and celebrated a little. (Again, he was just too much for my photographic aim.)
Finally, the ever-vigilant warrior contemplated a job well done.