Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Thinking outside the box

I think it's safe to say that George and Alan will turn anything they can pick up into a toy. 
In the past five years, we've watched them toss around traditional equine playthings 
(jolly balls, traffic cones, fly masks, manure forks, wheelbarrows), 
as well as the not-so-traditional: chairs, pails, hats, tree limbs, swimming noodles, ranch vehicles, tripods, pillows, etc.

I feel it is incumbent upon me as a responsible equine mom to offer George and Alan a stimulating intellectual environment 
which will nurture their curiosity, tap into their creativity and, perhaps most importantly,
provide more fodder so this blog will live to see another day.

Herewith is yesterday's educational activity.

When offered the choice of an open box or a closed box, Alan went straight for the closed.
Perhaps he thought it contained treats.

It did not, so he tried to eat the box instead.

Me: Alan, you're missing the point here. Spit it out.

Lucy: Silly boys and their toys...

Alan: Let's go find something to put in the box.

Alan: You could help, you know. Why do I have to do all the heavy lifting?

George: It's really not that heavy. I don't know what he's complaining about.

George: Wait up!

Alan: Sometime today, George.

Alan: Hey, Lucy! Put something in my box!
Lucy: I'd like to stuff you in there, you little pest.

Alan: I think I need a bigger box.


  1. It still cracks me up to see how much the burro boys like to pick up/carry stuff. The only thing I ever remember my horses picking up was the lid to the garbage can that held their grain!

  2. This blog is starting to be like the Peanuts comic strip. Just as funny and just as irresistible!

  3. HA!! Boys are always looking for bigger toys eh! ;-)

  4. Estella from Co.10/9/12, 7:06 AM

    What a hoot...and such a good idea, think I will go try that out on my minis. I JUST LOVE your critters. Have a great day and lots of hugs.

  5. I was waiting for a Maru moment...

  6. Well, I guess there is no hope of either of them sitting in a box ala Maru!

  7. What June said!

    BTW...he may never comment, but you've hooked a certain handsome Norwegian into reading your daily blog now. We both love it!

  8. Just love the fact that Alan always wants to "share" the adventure with the others. Your herd is the best feel good medicine. OmaLinda

  9. Boys take their fun where they can find it!

    Jo, Stella and Zkhat

  10. These guys are always ready for easy fun and want everyone else to join in. So fun to watch.

  11. Aww, how cute!

  12. I'm going to have to quit reading your blog---it gives me donkey fever! :)
    I now spend hours looking at rescue organizations for donkeys. I survey all fenced land (Eric won't fence ours, knows I'll put donkeys in it) and wonder if the owners would let me board donkeys........
    Do you see a theme here? :)

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