Sunday, March 11, 2012
The Destruction of the Ball
I should have had my camera with me in the field today and preferably my video camera so that I could catch all of the action. It is warm and beautiful outside today in the 70's and you'd swear that Spring has not only arrived but has been here for an extended visit with no sign of departure. The boys were feeling feisty. I told them all that, as fresh as they were, I wasn't too certain if I wanted to try riding them anytime soon. Of course, it didn't take long for the two older boys to tire out and calm down from all of the running, kicking and jumping nonsense but the baby, Danny still had a lot of life left in him. He played with his two nearly destroyed Jolly balls and then I decided to get the big, somewhat expensive, ball that I'd bought when he was a baby to train him with. When he was a baby, the two geldings had acted so silly over the ball that Danny thought it was something to be feared especially since it was nearly as large as him but not so today. No, today, he attacked it. Forget pushing it with his nose, that got old fast. Instead, Danny insisted that on trying to get a bite hold on that round slick surface so he could carry it around like he does his jolly balls. Before I knew what was happening, he had. The thing cost at least fifteen dollars and I figure he got about a minute of play out of each dollar before it was entirely gone. In it's quickly deflated state, it was no longer of interest to him and was discarded in the field. I'll see if I can't patch it and blow it back up. We also plan to pick him up a new Jolly ball sometime this week to replace the two he has which are quickly deteriorating. I promise, when I deliver the new ball to the field, I will take my camera and I'll post the video on here so all of you can see Danny's playful shenanigans.