Horses, a calf who’s lost his momma, and the mule that saves the day

Tuesday, September 15

The crew and I are boondocking in Fishlake National Forest about twenty miles southeast of Salina, Utah.

“Reggie!  It’s too damp and cold out there.  Can’t you wait until it warms up a bit?”

He hops up and down impatiently.  Obviously the answer is “No.”

“Okay.  C’mere and get in your sweater.”

“How about you, Bridge?  Coming with us?”

She lifts her head and gives me the look that says, “Are you kidding me?  No way I’m leaving this bed.  See ya’ later.”

Reggie and I leave Bridget contentedly wrapped in the bed covers.

The exercise warms me up and Reggie’s cute butt sticking out of his blue sweater as we trot down the road makes me laugh.

P1070298We approach the corral and a drama unfolds.  A drama involving horses, mules, and one upset calf.

It’s easy to figure out what the problem is.

Range cattle are wandering around, most of them on the far side of the large corral. The calf is on our side of the corral and he’s crying for his mama.  Apparently she’s on the other side of the corral.

(Note:  I don’t remember if the calf is a he or a she and I can’t tell from the photos.  I’m going with he.)

Calves being what they are, he doesn’t realize he can walk around the corral to get to mom.  Instead, since his side of the corral is open to the field he’s in, he attempts to take a direct route.  Through the corral.  Which is NOT territory open to bovine visitors.

The appearance of the calf in the corral does not set well with the horses and mules.

P1070314The poor calf is chased one way and then another.  Horses whinny, mules bray, and the calf yells, “MOMMA!!!”

With all the excitement the chase deteriorates into confusion. 

Who’s chasing whom?

P1070316After a while, it’s obvious that running around isn’t working.

A mule steps forward and employs a different tactic.

“Move along now.  Go on.  That’s it.  Keep moving.”

P1070313The mule intervention works! 

The calf leaves.

P1070323Soon the calf is quiet.  I assume he is reunited with his mother.

Excitement over, attention turns to me leaning on the corral fence.

“Aren’t you a beauty!” I say in greeting.

P1070321The mule barges in, slinging her large head over the corral gate.

“Congratulations, mule!  You saved the day!”

P1070325In response to the compliment, she displays her noble profile.

P1070326“You, my dear, are one handsome mule!” I exclaim in admiration.  (I think she knew that already.)

Reggie scampers around, trying to look brave but not quite pulling it off. 

P1070335Oh, the beautiful black!  Hold that pose!

P1070315And there’s another horse over there!  

Outside the corral and outside the fenced field, this gorgeous creature grazes by herself.  As Reggie and I approach, she lifts her head.

P1070327I wonder if she broke out or if she’s allowed to range free . . . .

I snap photos while Reggie tugs at his tether.

P1070332She looks us over and then resumes grazing.  What beautiful color she has!

P1070331“This has been so much fun, Reggie!  If it weren’t for you, I would’ve missed it.  And look!  The sun is coming out.  It’s going to be a bright day . . . .  Well, we’d better get back to camp.  Bridget will be wondering where we are.”

P1070343On the return to camp, we discover another photo opportunity!

To be continued . . .

rvsue

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118 Responses to Horses, a calf who’s lost his momma, and the mule that saves the day

  1. judy says:

    Did i get to be first!!!

  2. Sherri D says:

    You’re fast Judy!

  3. John K - On the road...Airstreaming! says:

    We just left Maple Grove Campground. We were in the CG not boondocking but I saw the places where you go. They installed dump facilities in 2 of the sites for the camp host. We used them this mornimg as the camp host has gone. Beautiful place, but cold and windy right now. We are currently at Castle Rock campground near Joseph. You should check it out if you haven’t already. $15 a night but the views are gorgeous and lots of things to do.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, John,

      That’s interesting about finding a place to dump tanks at Maple Grove. Yes, today is breezy. I imagine it is cold at the campground. It’s a very shady place. I’m still liking it here. As long as my lounger is in the sun, I’m good. 🙂

      Enjoy all that you find to do around Castle Rock…

  4. Marcia GB in MA says:

    Wow! I just love this post. Mules are one of my favorite animals!

  5. First? And I read the whole thing!

    • Wow, just a sec ago no comments, now the gangs all here! Hahahahaha! What a great way to wake up! Reggie should drag us all out of bed more often!

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Hi, Geri,

        He wakes up rarin’ to go places! It takes a while for the sunshine to clear the ridge by our camp. Until then, it’s chilly outside. Reggie pesters me every morning. I carry him outside. “See, Reg. It’s cold.” Then he’ll give me maybe 20 more minutes before he starts in again….

  6. Bill (NC) says:

    The horse is a buckskin. It’s probably a retiree.

  7. Sandy Riley says:

    Your comments from Bridget just crack me up….I have two Doxies and they are burrowed under the covers as I write this. I really enjoy your pictures. You certainly have seen some sights.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Sandy,

      I get a thrill out of ordinary things… and the longer we stay in a camp the more I come upon ordinary things that are special to me. I really enjoyed that morning at the corral, as well as what we saw and I photographed on the way back to camp.

      Two doxies under cover… I can picture it! 🙂

  8. Sherri D says:

    The calf does look like a boy to me. (former farm girl here)
    Love the black and the buckskin horses. I used to own horses of both those colors in my previous life. 🙂

    SO glad you posted because of the mudslide story on today’s news. I had hoped you were not in that area and since you just posted, I am sure you are safe and sound!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Sherri,

      Flash floods, mudslides… Not around here… I appreciate you thinking of us!

      How fortunate you were to own horses. I love photographing them. It’s pretty darn hard to take a bad photo of a horse.

  9. judy says:

    So now I’ve gone back and read the story. The horses are beautiful, I just love all the photos you add to your blog. I live on a farm in East Texas. I so very much enjoy your wonderful blog and so glad I found you. Unfortunately I have not reached the light at the end of the retirement tunnel but I can see it, I will be out there with you soon!
    Stay safe out there and Travel On.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Aren’t the horses lovely? And the mules have their own appeal. That one was super friendly.

      Thanks for the kind words about my blog and photos. Keep your eyes on the light!

  10. Barb from Hoquiam! says:

    OMGosh that is great! You and the Reg-ometer made my morning!

    Glad to know you are not in any way near the flash floods. Gosh that scared me. Our tributary in Atlanta would fill like that in seconds and water is frightening!

    Those horses are marvelous. Green with envy here…

    Hugs from Hoquiam,
    Barb

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Barb,

      The Reg-ometer made my morning, too! You know the old saying that children keep you young. Well, dogs keep you young if you let them! Reggie is an active guy which means I have to keep up with him.

      Hugs to Hoquiam…

  11. Calvin R says:

    Good storytelling! I especially liked the picture of Reggie trying to be brave. You captured his body language at precisely the right moment.

    I look forward to the next post.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks a lot, Calvin. I’m glad you enjoyed this post. I didn’t put it in the post because I didn’t want to scare everyone, but . . . . while I was engaged in taking photos, Reggie slipped into the corral and was running around! He was on his 20-foot tether…. Boy, did I haul him outta’ there fast! He’d be as light as a football for those hooves…

  12. Laurie in NC says:

    What an exciting morning! I love the way you tell a story…it made me chuckle when the mule stepped in!
    My husband and I just returned from a long weekend camping on the Outer Banks! It is so beautiful this time of year! When we hit the road, I wanted to keep heading west to start our adventure, but we have to return to work in the morning. We did figure out a few more things that we need to reorganize, remove, or add to our little rolling home!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Laurie,

      Aww, back to work…. You have to stop doing that! 😉

      I’m glad you enjoyed your long weekend camping on the Outer Banks. Yes, the reorganizing never ends… 🙂

  13. Jean/Southaven, MS says:

    The horses are beautiful. The mule is a Missouri Mule. They always have a white nose. She is beautiful too. That Reggie sure has the energy. Does he have some Jack Russell in him? If this had been me I would have missed it all. I would have been with Bridgett and stayed in bed.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jean,

      Reggie is part Jack Russell. That’s what gives him so much energy and spunk.

      Interesting about the Missouri Mule. I never heard that term before. Thanks for teaching me!

  14. Pamelab says:

    Wow, Sue, you encountered some beautiful animals this morning, including that little flying pup! I laughed out loud when I saw that photo. Thank you.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Pamelab. Reggie was running around so fast that it was hard to catch him in the frame. At first I thought that photo wasn’t a keeper. A second look and I saw that it really shows how he flies when he’s zooming around… I’m glad you got a laugh out of it.

  15. Jean/Southaven, MS says:

    I went back and read eveything again. I believe that mule would have been a great momma. She seems to have known exactly how to handle the calf situation. I love animals. I guess that is one of the reasons I love this blog so much.

  16. Marilyn, Dania Beach, Fl says:

    Good job photographing the equines.

    I went to a photography class at the race track where they showed us how to compose horses and to shoot (with a camera)them while racing. Images are better from the side as nose on distorts the head. I find the same with dogs as they have pointed noses, too.

    After that I took images of the Clydesdales which was my dream. They are a magnificent and so outstanding as a team.

    Enjoy all the animals. They make your day.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Marilyn,

      That must have been wonderful, having the chance to photograph Clydesdales.

      Your photography teacher is correct about the distortion when photographing certain animals and objects “head-on” and so it is better to shoot from the side.

      However, there are times when one isn’t going for a perfect photo, a perfectly accurate shot realistically. For instance, I think that shooting a mule head-on brings out the “muleness.” Know what I mean? And sometimes I shoot photos of the crew head-on when I want to emphasize their nosiness or how silly they are. That for me is what makes photography fun! I even enjoy my out-of-focus shots that make the light the subject of the shot or give the look of a painting…

      Well, that’s me. No one would ever hire me as a photographer. I thank you for complimenting me!

      • Marilyn, Dania Beach, Fl says:

        I loved the head on mule shot. She looked so bright and interested.

        As for the pooches, how can any shot make them look funny??? Also, I like to see the true color and shape of their noses. I will admit they appear more majestic with side views.

        You did well with the action one of Reggie, blurred background and him in total focus. We worked on that and it was quite fun to see the images afterward.

        Someday I will be off to St. Louis and tour the Budweiser Clydesdale Farm. I will shoot a thousand shots probably.

        What is it with photography that continues to be so interesting even with the same subjects?

        • cc and canine (Eastern Missouri) says:

          Just wanted to let you know that the clydesdale breeding ranch is no longer located in St. Louis….They have built a new facility called “Warm Springs Ranch” between Boonville and Rocheport, MO, close to I-70. They offer tours by reservation only. A new foal was just born this past weekend and it made the local news!

          You can see Clydesdale in the St. Louis area if you go to “Grant’s Farm” . This had been the Busch family estate, and they have a few out in the pasture. When I ride my bike on the adjacent Grant’s trail it is always fun to see them out grazing! Sometimes they have the Clydesdale hitch and beer wagon in some of the local parades!

  17. Susan in Dallas says:

    Great photos, can’t pick a favorite that’s for sure! Please send some of that cool weather our way. After our wonderful wet spring, the summer has been bone dry and hot. We are still in the mid to high 90’s and it sure is getting old. I’m sure Reggie will tell Bridget all about his adventure this morning.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I wish I could share these cool breezes with you, Susan. I don’t know how you Texans withstand the long stretches of heat! Thanks re the photos.

  18. Linda Hughes North Carolina says:

    Hey RV Sue, loved the horse pictures, we use to have horses when we lived in the NC mountains and rode often. The buckskin and the black horse are so beautiful and oh my goodness Reggie is once again in the middle of the entire action! Love that little boy! It seems strange to me that someone has a horse corral out in the woods with nothing around! The mule must be the boss of them all! Bridgett knows how to stay out of the action and stay warm at the same time. Are there any other campers where you are now?
    With your solar, can you use whatever you need to use in the BLT, does the solar supply your needs and what kind of batteries do you have and how many? Sorry to ask so many questions, but I am learning so much from your blog. Take and be blessed!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Linda,

      It does seem strange to have a corral of horses and mules in the middle of forest. The cowboys are here almost every day. I see them go by in their trucks, sometimes hauling the horses and mules in trailers. When visiting national forests you sometimes see pockets of private land and it’s not unusual to see livestock grazing.

      If you want to see my two AGM batteries, click on Solar in the header. Altogether I have four batteries…. the starter battery for the PTV, two AGM batteries in the PTV for power storage, as well as the “house battery,” which is an AGM in a compartment of the BLT.

      I don’t use a lot of power. I run an inverter for my laptop and Verizon jetback. I charge my phone and camera batteries. I run the water pump and there’s the electronic panel on the propane fridge. Once in a great while I watch a DVD on my TV, run the 12 volt ceiling vent fan, or turn on one of my LED lights in the evening. (I read by the built-in light of my Paperwhite). Really, what more do I need? Stove and heat are propane.

      No need to apologize for asking questions. I enjoy them.

  19. Cate W/Portland Maine says:

    You and the Reginator are great storytellers Sue. Not everyone could put those cute and pretty photos together with the event described and make us smile, laugh, and admire. Its a gift and we are the lucky ones who receive it. Now does Brig know what she missed by sleeping in?
    Be well Sue and Crew,
    CateW

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thank you for those very nice compliments, Cate. I do enjoy telling stories and putting photos with them. I also enjoy entertaining you!

      As for the Bridge, I don’t think she cares if she missed anything. She likes sleeping late…

  20. Lady Piper n' me says:

    Beautiful Photos of the Mule, the Horse’s and the calf and what a great post,, Can Reggie really fly? We’re ready for the rest of the story,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, L.P. and me

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Rusty and Lady Piper,

      Thanks… Reggie THINKS he can fly and I’m not going to tell him otherwise. 🙂

  21. Pleinguy says:

    Interesting to see how the animals handled the situation intelligently. How on earth did you get that sequence of photos? Thanks for sharing.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Pleinguy . . . How did I get this sequence of photos? By following the action! 🙂

  22. Barbara (Nashville) says:

    What a great post! Love those beautiful horses, too. That mule getting the calf under control was really funny. When she stuck her head over the gate, she looked like she want her shining moment with your camera lens too.
    Reggie flying around like he does makes me laugh as I can certainly relate. Wish I had a good camera and the skills to operate it, so I could catch Angel in her antics.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Barbara,

      The mule has loads of personality and problem-solving ability, too. 🙂

      Yes, get yourself any ol’ camera and record what Angel does. You will treasure your photos of her over time, and it’s fun. I went for a long time with cheapo cameras (as my earlier posts give evidence)…

      I’m happy you like this post. Thank you.

  23. weather says:

    More evidence that Reggie is like a heaven sent angel in your life-he flies 🙂 I think it’s great that ,unless he has a good reason not to,he’s at so ready to engage with other animals.Folks that are easily upset by every encounter make their little ones neurotic and the cycle can last a lifetime.He has such a healthy balance and can enjoy his life.So does Bridget.She chooses to do what feels best to her at the moment and which critters she wants to meet or ignore.

    How nice for you to get to see at such close range all the gorgeous animals there that day.What a brilliant stroke in creating making so many animals,like that calf, agile and strong at such a young age is.I’m amazed when I watch them cope with scenes a feeble helpless critter would be overwhelmed by .You must have been relieved with the outcome that morning!

    Again,the joy in thinking “I could so easily have missed it” all …and you’re wise enough to be grateful that you didn’t.All happy sighs and smiles here,thanks,Sue.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, weather,

      Reggie used to react automatically with fear-induced bravado when confronted with animals he had never met before. I didn’t include much about what Reggie was doing this morning at the corral, focusing more on the horses, mules, and the calf. He was very interested in the other animals and when he entered the corral it wasn’t with animosity or trying to protect me, it was curiosity and attempts to play. He’s becoming very tolerant!

      It was clear that the horses and mules didn’t want to hurt the calf. They only wanted him out of their space. Yes, it is a wonder how young animals are created with the equipment they need to survive….

      The serendipity… A few moments later and I would’ve missed the “drama.” Thanks, Reggie! 🙂

      • weather says:

        Hi again,Sue.That playfulness and curiosity can be a handful to deal with.I am glad my dog is like Reggie in that respect yet still am pleased that going forward she’ll often be tethered in outdoor situations.She doesn’t mind being on one,though because she’s much larger than Reggie I use a longer one to allow her to get exercise and much of the same freedom she’s become used to on this fenced in property.I’ve begun using them primarily to get her used to what life will be like on the road.Baby steps in a lot involved with that have been keeping me busy and are working really well ,thank God.I hope you’ve been enjoying your time since we last spoke on here,too.

        Love serendipity!Here’s one that made me smile.I wanted a lighter to use on the T@B’s stove so grabbed the first one I saw at the store.When I took it out of it’s packaging I saw that it’s writing says”enjoy the little things”,perfect as it’s for a little home on wheels .I’m easily entertained 🙂

  24. Nice. Reggie looks TINY compared to the mule! Better make sure he doesn’t get stepped on 🙂

  25. Karen LeMoine says:

    Just love your animal posts! Nature up close and personal! Poor Bridge missed the adventure. Hope she didn’t pee pee inside. Waiting to hear the continuing saga ! Who needs a flying pig when you have a flying Reg Man?!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Karen,

      Bridget pee inside? Never! She’s always been a good girl. I took the crew out on a potty break earlier.

      I’m glad you like animal posts because that’s what the next one is, too! Nice hearing from you…

  26. Pamelab in Houston says:

    I had never heard of a ‘buckskin’ horse before. Not long ago, I saw a video of Gypsy Vanner Horses. They reminded me of a Clydesdale. I had never heard of Gypsy Vanner horses. In the video, they are constantly in motion, running and turning, and their mane and tail just floated out behind them. Beautiful.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I don’t think there’s anything more beautiful than a healthy horse in motion, running free…

    • Kay Dattilio says:

      Pamelab in Houston,

      Buckskin is a color of a horse, such as a bay, a paint, etc.

      Kay from KC!

      • Pamelab in Houston says:

        Thanks, Kay from KC –
        I am always learning when I read rvsue’s blog. So, that’s where the term ‘buckskin’ jacket came from, maybe. The color.

  27. Peggy says:

    I just found your blog and am so glad I did! I love how you tell your story with photos. You are living the dream that I hope someday soon will be mine. I also admire your ability to stay on BLM or other free spaces away from many campers and not be concerned/afraid of something happening or meeting someone not so friendly. Be safe and keep sharing your experiences…

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Peggy,

      Welcome to my blog! I’m glad you found us, too. There’s no reason to be afraid or concerned. We don’t camp where trouble brews.

      Best wishes for you making your dream come true!

  28. Penny in AR says:

    Cute story and great pics. Horses are so beautiful and mules are curious and nosy. Is that an old sheep herders caravan behind the corral? The thing with the blue front?

  29. Pookieboy in SE Texas says:

    I got really going on your great story and BAM ………..Im left hanging…..HA
    until next time young lady……..
    it amazes me the number of animals that run free while your are
    out camping in the back country…..
    chuck

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Chuck,

      Haha! I didn’t really leave you hanging… The drama of the corral is over. 🙂

      Yes, until next time…. I’ll be expecting you!

  30. Alice (So. Fla) says:

    So glad to see your post especially today. I’m not that sure of locations out that way. There have been flash floods in Southern Utah, Zion Nat’l park. So be careful.

    Looks like you and the Reggie man are having fun. JRT’s are tenacious. My little one is a JRT and the vet can’t believe how spunky she is even when she is sick. She’s a wild woman. That’s why we love em. Love the pictures, thank you. What a wonderful way to start the day with a walk and critters. The mule is a beauty as are the horses.

    We finally have a small break from the heat because it’s been raining all day. There is some flooding. I’ll take it as long as there aren’t any real storms.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Alice,

      Thank you for your concern regarding the flash flooding. We are high for flash floods at 8,500 feet, give or take….

      I imagine your Jack Russell has a lot of spunk. I don’t know if I could keep up with a 100 percent JR terrier. Reggie has enough chihuahua to make him manageable (and tiny).

      You’re welcome re the photos. I’m pleased you like them.

      Rain is a good thing, aside from the tragedies caused by flash flooding.

  31. Glenda in OZ! says:

    I so love mules/donkeys and the like. Love your shots of those beautiful horses and glad that poor calf came to no harm.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Glenda,

      The calf came out of the corral unscathed. The entire drama lasted only a few moments. I’m glad you like the pictures. It was fun taking them and inserting them into this post to share.

  32. Sidewinder Pen says:

    Beautiful photos! And I enjoyed the story of the corral, which added so much.

  33. Lee J in Northern California says:

    What an adventure! I love that mule, my husband says mules are horses with the stupid knocked out…I have never had one, just horses, but I must say my Meg the Haflinger is very mule like, calm, thinks thing through, non reactive to surprises.
    Rocket man had me laughing, you captured him perfectly!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Haflinger’s are so pretty! Yeah, Reggie was the Rocket Man in that pic! He loves to zoom around when he’s happy.

  34. Pookieboy in SE Texas says:

    I did want to add more for your blogorinos than anyone else……
    the Houston area has been inundated this year with folks giving
    their animals away plus SPCA taking animals from their owners.
    there was 200 horses taken away from a Vetenarian north of
    Houston back in the spring because they were not taken care of…
    also, about 5 miles down the road from me there is a ranch that
    takes in donkeys that people dont want anymore and they try
    to find homes for them……I can hear them braying way over here
    early morning and late evening…..amazing what folks think
    they want then they dont….
    chuck

  35. Lynn Brooks says:

    How wonderful!!!
    Love it!!!

  36. MK in NE GA for now says:

    LOVE the long ears, I used to keep a pony mule for a pasture mate they are soooo smart!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      This mule showed herself to be smarter than the rest. All the fuss and running… She moves in as if to say, “Okay, everybody. Calm down. No need for all this commotion. Come along, calfie. This way . . . “

  37. AZ Jim says:

    Not first AGAIN??????? Damn, Damn, Damn, I am just a loser. Great horse pics. Reggie looks great in his little sweater. He may need it down here depending on when you plan on returning to good old Arizona….I jut came in off the patio, beautiful night. Have fun guys…

  38. Mick'nTN says:

    Great post with excellent, interesting pictures and story line. My favorite is the header photo showing your high gain, broadband log-periodic Wilson antenna in profile against the dark tree leafs.

  39. Pamela K. says:

    Sue,
    Speaking of running LED lights…
    Have you seen those round white punch-lights or tap-lights? You know the ones. They are not LED but they last forever on those little batteries. The Dollar Store caries them and Wally must also. I bought some at the Dollar Store in a 6 pack. Bought some Velcro strips, put one strip on the back where the batteries case is and the other strip on the under side of cabinets. They put out a good amount of light and last a long time. Use rechargable batteries and they recharge quickly. If you want added light anytime 🙂
    I keep one at arms reach near my bed’s headboard too. Great for those sudden night sounds that can wake you up for a sound sleep, or a quick bathroom run so I don’t fall over Her Bearness. Anyway, I know you don’t use many lights by choice but those are great when a little more light is needed. I know I sure have gotten my money’s worth out of them.
    Just passing it on 🙂

  40. wa_desert_rat says:

    Nice story. When we were farmers and ranchers we often rescued calves that managed to get outside their fenced pasture. They work to get out and then want to get back almost immediately. Go figure…

    We used to have donkeys; when we sold the farm they went off to a sheep rancher who uses them (along with dogs) to protect the sheep from coyotes. Donkeys are much smarter than horses and since mules are the progeny of a love match between donkeys and horses mules are also usually smarter than horses.

    I may have told this story before but on our farm when the horses got out they’d run away. When the donkeys got out they’d try to come into the house and watch tv with us. 🙂

    We still miss our donkeys. Hope they’re doing well.

    Thanks for the blog. 🙂

    WDR

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome and good morning, WDR,

      Great comment and I love the cute anecdote about the donkeys wanting to watch tv. Thanks for adding your story to my blog.

  41. Jodee Gravel on the road in Boardman, OR says:

    What a great morning you two had. I can just hear Reggie telling Bridget all about it when you got back 🙂 I loved seeing the horses running free just from friskiness. Our dog used to run the fence with the colt next door. We thought at first she was chasing and we hollered at her, but then we noticed that the horse would stop and wait for her. Then they were off together again 🙂 Thanks for that memory!!

  42. Shirlene (Huntington Beach, Ca) says:

    Hi Sue, great post again, I am learning more about Mules than I thought I would ever need or want to. I think I need to spend more time with mules since I love horses so much… Can’t wait for the sequel.

    Hey Marla, you make it to work yet? 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Shirlene,

      I’ve had your dogs on my mind. I hope they received good reports at their vet appointment.

      • Shirlene (Huntington Beach, Ca) says:

        Hi Sue, thank you for your concern. We are waiting for blood tests to measure how my little poodle is doing on her medication for Cushing’s. It is a process. But the dogs are aging and that comes with some daily medications. But all in all, everyone is stable and we are a bit relieved since coughing has been an issue as of late, but looks like just poodle trachea compression that seems to develop later in life, not related to congestive heart failure, which was my main concern, especially with the heat we have been having. So, thank you again, all is good. Hugs to your babies, they are so fun to watch them travel with you. Have a good night, it is cooling down here, at least for a couple of days. Put another blanket on the bed!

  43. Lois (AZ) says:

    Enjoyed this post so much–only RV Sue could have so many unexpected experiences! Anxiously awaiting the next episode.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Lois,

      I’m pleased you enjoyed it. I intended to post this morning. I’ve been dealing with a headache for two days now and it has drained my energy. I hate wasting days!

      I’m going to try one more time today to put a post together. It may not turn out to be much . . .

      • shirlene says:

        Oh Sue sorry for your headche..maybe barometric pressure..I blame everything on weather right now.. (and I don’t mean our friend..ha!)..rest and tepair..

      • weather says:

        Oh,I’m so sorry you are going through that,Sue.Post another time or use what you feel up to producing,we are glad to see anything from you,and when you give your needs priority.Praying that you are all better- soon!

      • cc and canine (Eastern Missouri) says:

        ouch…two days of headache. You need to crawl under the covers and curl up with Bridget and Reggie and get some rest. We can wait for the next post…

        Hope you feel better in the morning…

      • Lois (AZ) says:

        But—we await–you left us with a “cliff hanger”!! Sorry about the headache…

  44. Kay Dattilio says:

    Sue and Crew! Missouri is the Show Me State and I believe the Mule is our animal or something like that! We Missourians are stubborn and you have to show me to make me believe you! I loved the pictures and I especially love that the Divine Miss B is very confident in herself to be able to sleep a little longer. Reggie is keeping us all hopping with his adventures and I like his fanny too!

    Kay from KC!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Kay,

      Yes, Bridget has always been her own woman. She makes her own decisions. And Yes, Reggie has a cute, hopping fanny!

      Have a good evening!

  45. Cinandjules (NY) says:

    The horses are beautiful! I like the tan one with the dark brown legs. Sorry I’m not a horse person to know what it’s proper name is. Why it’s a horse horse!

    Missouri Mule…..hah I knew an elderly lady who referred to herself as a Missouri mule.

    Have a great evening….stay warm.

  46. Chuck Hajek says:

    That buckskin is gorgeous. Great pictures as always Sue. Thanks !

  47. Pookieboy in SE Texas says:

    Sue, I see the new kindle Fire tablet is going to be released
    on 9-30-15 for $49.95…….just wanted to let all your
    blogorinos know in case someone out there has been
    holding back because of price…..
    only thing Im wondering is 8 GB gonna be enough storage?
    thanks
    chuck

  48. Cynthia from San Clemente, CA says:

    Just beautiful photos of the horses and mules. And I agree with Jodee – I’m sure Reggie told Bridge all about the excitement when he got back. I’m currently reading “Inside of a Dog” by Alexandra Horowitz and it’s causing me to look at my dogs very differently and appreciate the many ways in which they communicate. So sorry you had two days of headaches – they can be so debilitating. I wonder if the weather change did it; I notice when the barometric pressure changes I tend to get headaches.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      No, it’s chocolate. I ate a Hershey’s bar. First chocolate candy I’ve eaten in several months. Usually after a long break, I can eat chocolate. I do and I’m fine and then, after a while, the allergy returns and I have to leave it alone again. Thanks for the kind thought….

      • Marilyn, Dania Beach, Fl says:

        Would a benadryl tablet help? It is good for allergies. Also pepsid AC was prescribed along with benadryl when I had a severe reaction to an insect sting last summer.

        Those headaches are terrible. I have suffered all my life with them but they are waning as I am in my 8th decade. There is something good to be said about aging.

        For some reason we crave the food to which we are allergic.

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