This is a post for the non-horsey.
Occasionally, some horses are difficult to tell apart. For real.
Because Bella and I fill in for each other, frequently both our horses are out with just one of us. We ride the horse that needs it that day, and pony the other one, occasionally switching them out during the exercise period. I can see why it might get confusing to figure out which horse belongs to whom.
That’s okay. Understandable. Plus both are Quarter Horses.
But to new boarders, or people new to horses, Hudson and Woodrow look identical.
This sends Bella and I into fits of laughter.
Hudson is taller, and leans to the thoroughbred type. (think pro basketball)
Woodrow is a tank: wide, well-muscled, he’d strike fear in the heart of defensive linebackers everywhere. If he was less good-natured, the Oakland Raiders would be all over trying to sign him.
My favorite comment: “is Hudson the one with the blaze, or the one with the star?”
Hudson is the taller dark brown horse. Woodrow is the shorter, but broader, orange horse. You can skip the facial markings.
There is still hope for the body or color impaired! Noticing the horse’s personality can be a big help.
I went to say good night to the boys before I went home.
Exhibit A: Hudson.
His thought bubble reads, “Uh, okaaaaaay. Goodbye. Again. Haven’t I seen you like ALL DAY?”
Exhibit B: Woodrow
His thought bubble reads: “Hey! How have you been? Whatcha got? What is that? Can I eat it? Oh oh oh!!! Take a picture of my nostril for your blog. That would be hilarious.
You’re leaving? Why? You should stay. Hugs! My back itches. Did you know your pocket had a cookie in it earlier? I still smell it. yum. Why didn’t you save one for me? That’s okay. I get one tomorrow, right? Or you could go get one now. I’ll wait. Hey. My back still itches. Scratch?”
Personality is what makes you really remember a horse. Essentially I tell people, “The bored looking horse with a slight smirk of contempt is Hudson. The happy, curious, friendly horse with the look of extreme interest in everything around him is Woodrow.”
For our horsey friends, how do you help people differentiate your horse from the one for which he’s usually mistaken?