Bill and Juanita, owners of Allenspark Lodge B&B, are living their dream...

running a successful business and riding as often as possible.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Mooses? Meese?

The daughter of a friend of ours came up for a ride.  She graduated from high school this week.  She has a "thing" for Ranger, and wanted to take him out once more before she left the state to go to school.

She brought a friend with her (I'd say boyfriend, but Ranger may be listening).  Her friend went out on Washoe.

And I went out on Jesse.

It was a nice ride.  A beautiful sunny day, no wind.  VERY nice.

Toward the latter part of the ride, we were getting a little complacent.  Not a lot going on.

Then Jesse went on full alert.  I looked off to the right and saw a cow and calf moose pair!  We have seen tracks and droppings in the area for several years now, but this is the first time the horses have encountered moose up close.

We were within 30 or 40 yards of the pair.

We were about directly across from them when Jesse decided, no.

She decided OH HELL NO.

That horse can back up quicker than any other horse I have ever ridden.

She was NOT going to go past those things under ANY circumstance.  Even if it meant backtracking a mile to go around them.

And that's what we did.

I really need to get some sort of "hands free" camera.

Ranger didn't give a hoot, and Washoe was a little concerned but Jesse was really fidgety the whole way back, so I sang to try to calm the animals some.

Because of my superior singing ability, we made it home safely.

You read it on the internet, so it must be true.



  1. Jenny (AKPonyGirl)May 25, 2013 at 9:44 PM

    My horses see moose on a daily basis in the winter. The sneaky little (big) varmints steal hay from the feeder. Since moose are familiar to the horses when we see them on the trail it's no big deal. Bears on the other hand........

    1. Our horses "share" their hay with elk fairly ofter, but until the lodgepole pines on the west side of the continental were killed by pine bark beetles, we didn't have any moose here. Now they are showing up in increasing numbers (much to the dismay of our horses...).

  2. Hey, hey now with good reason - Jesse's like those Moose are twice my size! Never know what a mama moose might do - she just might pull the mama bear act!

    Glad ya'll made it home safe and sound!

  3. I love hearing about Ranger and when he posts on the blog. He could have a fan club I think. We don't have moose here in Florida but lots of wild hogs to dig holes in the pastures.

    1. Ranger does have his own facebook page (under Ranger D. Mustang) but he hasn't posted much lately.

      Not much to say I guess.


  4. Petunia looks good. Ranger's going to miss her.

    Wish I'd seen the meeses.

  5. LOL. I don't blame Jesse. A cow and a calf = bad doo doo. Nice pics! I am sure they enjoyed the ride and Ranger, too!

  6. Needed some laughs on this rainy day and got caught up on your posts and feeling better too. :-)


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