A Story That Speaks Pony But Isn’t

Willowtrail Wild RoseI have only owned ponies, never horses, mules, or donkeys, so I rely on others to tell me if and how ponies are different.  Often it seems that ponies are indeed unique.  Other times, not so much.  A story I read recently seemed to be about a pony, but it wasn’t.

A man stood quietly in a barn, feverishly concentrating on what he was writing in his journal.   He was so focused on what he was doing that he didn’t notice the equine approaching from behind him.  Suddenly, the man’s concentration was interrupted because the equine had snatched the journal from his hands and retreated to the back of its stall, as if waiting to see what the man would do.  (1)

I loved this story because it so spoke ‘pony’ to me, with its playfulness and desire for interaction.  Except that this story wasn’t about a pony.  This story was about the Triple Crown winning racehorse Secretariat and his biographer William Nack.  Perhaps ponies aren’t as different from horses as I think!

  1. Hovdey, Jay. “An American Dream,” Equus, issue 458, November 2015, p 33.

© Jenifer Morrissey, 2015

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