The snow notwithstanding, there is one sure sign of spring at the ranch -- our blind mares are in heat. None more obviously in heat than Guadalupe, who has spent the past few days flaunting her wares with the neighboring geldings. (Non-horse people: That means they're neutered. No stallions here!) Guadalupe's main guy is blind Bo, who she shares a corral with, but she is much more interested in the boys next door, blind Rocky and his buddy, blind Hawk. (Sound like anyone you used to date?)
Bo, fortunately, is not the possessive or jealous type, so he just kind of hangs around while she shamelessly flirts with Rocky and Hawk. And sometimes, as you'll see, he hangs his head over Guadalupe in mid-flirt, as if to claim her as his own ... or maybe to remind her that, ahem, he's actually still here! Bo is the equine version of the proverbial door-mat spouse, the endlessly forgiving type.
In the photo at top, Rocky is cooing at her and Guadalupe is pawing the ground in anticipation of the candle-lit dinner to come.
But then big handsome Hawk comes up from behind and elbows Rocky aside, presenting a new romantic opportunity for a hot-blooded girl ... and leaving a dejected (rejected?) Bo to hang his head over her:
Please notice Guadalupe's tail up in the air. There's nothing coy about this. The fact that none of these blind boys can see her tail in the air doesn't matter one bit. Obviously.
And then Guadalupe hears Rocky come back over to the fence, so she ditches Hawk momentarily to resume making out with Rocky:
Meanwhile, poor Bo -- never one to give up -- tries the "maybe she'll realize I'm here if I hang my head over her back" thing again:
And finally, here's what she loves the most ... being right in the center of all three adoring males:
Spring is in the air. And love. If you can call it that.