|Timber obligingly poses by the store sign.|
But it was even more fun to stop by the store the other day with my horse-crazy daughter and see an actual horse clip-clopping up to the window.
This horse seemed far more alert than your typical horse. He flicked his ears constantly and turned his head in all directions to keep an eye on things. He didn't seem nervous--just extremely vigilant.
His exceptional alertness made sense when his owner told me that he was a young mustang she'd adopted a few months before. He'd only come off the range in southeastern Oregon in 2011. His name is Timber.
Timber's black hide and long, curling mane made his owner suspect that he had Friesian heritage. She also thinks he's descended from horses bred to supply the U.S. Army in times past--horses who were known as "remounts."
What she does know for sure is that Timber ran with a band of bachelor stallions. His watchfulness suggests that his specialty in that band was guard duty!
Timber was at the store that day to be fitted for a new saddle. Good luck in your new life, Timber!