- EARLY BIRD -
The morning air was chilly and there was still traces of dew to be found
in the early morning grass. This would be the last week the horses
would still spend their nights out in their pastures, summer was
officially coming to an end.
Iris had been woken up by the early birds chirping outside her window
and looked out to see a morning fog spread throughout the stable yard.
She pulled a sweater over her head, made a cup of coffe and walked out.
Iris shuddered from the crisp air. Everything was quiet, except for the
tweeting birds beginning their day.
The eerie atmosphere was almost tangible, but all the same Iris found
it peaceful to walk around the stable when people aswell as horses were
still fast asleep. The heavy barndoor creaked as she pushed it open and
she filled her lungs with the scent of fresh hay as she entered the old
stable. She grabbed a halter and started towards the pasture behind the
As soon as she round the corner a friendly neigh welcomed her.
Their youngest stallion, Griff, was waiting for her at the gate. “Hey,
boy…”, she said softly as she approached him. He snorted low in
response. She stuck her hand in her pockets and found a small piece of
carrot and held her hand out toward him. His muzzle tickled her palm and
she began stroking his dappled neck.
She put her coffe aside and slowly pulled the halter over his
delicate head. He had just turned 3 years old and had not yet been
broken in, but he was very cooperative all the same. The other stallions
stood in the farthest corner of the pasture, still enjoying their
sleep-in. She decided to have him warmed up early until her sister would
start working with him and led an alert youngster towards the dressage
When there, she removed his halter and he immediately began running
around, showing off. She chuckled to herself and enjoyed her coffe while
Griff was goofing around like a nut. He moved with the swiftness of a
gazelle and Iris sighed at the fact that he would become a jumper and
not a dressage horse as she had hoped. She looked at her phone and it
read 7:21, which meant that it was time to bring all the horses inside
for their breakfast.
Time to start the day…