It's not just the grass that's greener on the other side of the fence; the apple over there is better, too. That's blind Cash reaching through the fence to munch on a fresh apple on a recent morning. Every day when we put them out to graze in their paddocks, they make a mad dash to the corner where the apple trees are (they may be blind but they've mapped everything in their heads). They know a bunch of new apples have fallen off the trees overnight and dropped onto the ground, and they want to scoop them up before any of their buddies do.
It might be hard to imagine a group of blind horses making a "mad dash," but this they do. As soon as we take their halters off, they race across the paddock to the apple orchard corner. They don't gallop or do anything foolish, they just walk at a brisk pace -- although Cash will often canter over -- for the first 20 yards or so, then put their heads down to start smelling for the apples as they get closer. Even ancient Hawk, the gray Appaloosa next to Cash in the photo above, knows that if he doesn't hustle over, then Lena and Cash will help themselves to his share.
Here's what it looks like from a distance:
But of course, nothing is quite as tasty as the apples across the fence, and no one is more determined, or more adept, at retrieving them than Cash. Apple season can be hard on the fences for that reason, and just last week Kate and I had to do a lot of fence repair one morning before turning them out again. They know the apples won't be around for much longer, so right now they're all enjoying their fruit salad with breakfast.
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