Sunday 22 May 2011

One Little Bee

Today Niko had the day off, and got to do Niko stuff all day long, which was mostly eat, eat, and eat some more, but I think that suited him just fine, and he seemed to enjoy his day off so that’s good.

But of course this left me with nothing to do but poo picking, as I poo picked the paddock I checked how much water was left in the water buckets, and then I spotted a bee in one, but I wasn’t going to just take it out of the bucket with my bare hand.

So I used the sleeve of my wax coat, over my hand to get it out of the bucket, and here it is looking a bit bedraggled but alive, it quickly started to climb up near to my face, so it was time to take my coat off I think, I left my coat on the ground with the bee on it.

And then all sorts of little critters started to get on my coat, this is just one of them that I got a non blurry photo of, my other photos were to blurry to use, I much preferred the bee it was a lot easier to take photos of.

But in the end I got my coat back, and the little bee made a full recovery. I know that this post hasn’t been very equine focused, but I had a lot of fun photographing this bee so I thought I would do I post about it.

Thanks very much for all of the comments on my last post.

allhorsestuff, sorry to hear about your mares pastern hope she gets better soon. A ride on the beach sounds like a great way to celebrate getting your new saddle, hope you have fun.

Connie, I have ridden Niko bareback in his head collar with lead ropes for reins , and yep it is a lot of fun, you are right riding bareback really does help with balance, it is always nice to spend some time riding bareback, but I still can’t wait till I get may saddle back.

Abby, yes it is very hard to stay in good form when Niko goes fast, oh well I haven’t fallen off him yet, but I will be happy to have my saddle back. As I have never met your friends horse it is difficult to get an idea why he did it, but I have some ideas. First of all was it somewhere he is normally ridden? If not that could be why, he may have just been scared by the new surroundings. Or it could have been the other horse, is he normally ridden with other horses or with that horse? But what I really think it was all about is simply the horses eye, horses see things much quicker then people and from a lot further away, I think that he must of spotted something and it scared him, or he heard something the same applies it scared him. This sounds a lot like a problem I had with Niko at an old yard, when I tried to take him out to the paddock he would get scared of something, and would behave in a similar way to your friends’ horse. But the reason the horse will then be happy to be caught is because he is scared of something else not his handler or rider. Horses as you well know are flight animals and so when you hold on to them when they are scared it can sometimes do more harm than good, because the horse will try to run then the handler or rider stops them and then they misbehave to try and get away from danger. But that is just what I think wow don’t I go on this has got to be my longest reply ever!


Michelle said...


I admire your bravery with bees! I tend to run from them, not entertain them on my clothing! Great pictures. I'm sorry I haven't been posting lately. I finished up cancer treatment and was kind of taking a break from everything. But I am back now and look forward to reading more of your adventures.

C and C Antiques and Animals - What a Life! said...

Awww...nice bee save!

RDA Pony Tales said...

Totally amazing pictures, especially the bee... really brilliant! I am glad you avoided getting stung in the process of photographing it too.
Poo picking is a tedious job but someone has to do it I suppose. It is non stop with horses, always something to fill your time with, but a lovely job all the same:)
Thank you for all your comments regarding the mad horse incident, and you have raised some good ideas as to why he did what he did. The ride out was one she has done many times over the years so he was familiar with the surroundings. The next point is he always rides out with another horse and the horse that was with him on that day is his stable/field companion. This horse however was only purchased about two months ago, so they are still getting used to each others company. I think you make a very good point about their eyes spotting things we miss and he probably got frightened of something hidden in the trees or in the distance. They had passed a field with some very young horses over on the far side so as you say because horses can see so far this may well have upset him too. So I think you are right about the horses eye being the cause. It is always nice to get other peoples opinions and I appreciate all your excellent views on the subject.
Well, here I go again with another long comment, hope it is not too rambling as usual!
Kind regards, Abby

Sherri B. said...

Those are really good close ups of the bee. My husband keeps bees and will enjoy seeing these photos, I will show him after work.