B- Hey buddy! How's it going?
R- Hello Beel. It is good. I have food.
B- Yeah, you've had your head stuck in that feeder non-stop lately. You're getting kinda pot-bellied.
R- I am just doing my job.
B- Your job kinda changed this summer, didn't it. I tend to ride Alloy a lot more than I ride you, now.
R- I have to keep track of the herd now that That Mare is gone. I must eat much. And yell when the others leave so they know where to go home at.
B- That was very sad, wasn't it. She foundered and was in pain. The vet and the farrier thought she would never get better, and she'd always be in pain. So last July, we had to put her down.
R- She got dead.
B- When we put down your herd-mate Shadow seventeen years ago, You looked for him for years afterward. This time I took you over to look at Jesse.
R- She got dead.
B- And you never looked for her afterwards.
R- It would not help. When they get dead they do not eat any more. Or be with the herd. Or yell so I can find my way home.
B- I didn't show her to Washoe. He looked for her for days. I didn't even think about showing her to him. He seems to have stopped looking now, though. And Alloy, the new horse, never really seemed to notice. I thought that was odd because she was his first "friend" in the herd.
R- That Mare always liked dogs and young animals. Al-thing is both.
B- Alloy. And I think he would disagree with your assessment of his heritage. And you were pretty partial to Jesse when she moved in with us, and she was only 5 months old.
R- The mother mare was very old and tired. I needed to help.
B- Jesse's mom was more than willing to let you take over the raising of that filly.
R- I teached her many rules. She did not pee on the food. She maked all new horses follow the rules.
B- She would step right up and take over any herd we introduced her to.
B- She was at that. We all miss her.
R- She maked a good mare.
B- Yeah, she was a very good lead mare for the herd.
She is missed.