Friendship is Blind

Dino has curious taste in friends.

One would think that because he is a pony, he would tend to have other ponies and horses as his BFF's. Birds of a feather flock together, you know. But for the most part, while he does play well with others, Dino doesn't really care about other horses one way or the other. He's A-OK being alone, and also gets along with other horses (as long as he can be in charge), but isn't overly friendly, herd-bound, or clingy with other equines.

People, dogs, cats, and deer are a whole 'nother story.

Dino loves people as friends mostly because they feed him, scratch him, give him attention, and can open a candy cane wrapper or box of Peeps way better than he can. If you are a person, he is interested in you. And your abilities to procure snack foods.

Dino loves to make friends with dogs because they are fun and happy and wiggly and smaller than him. Whenever there is a pup around, Dino gets VERY VERY EXCITED and pricks his ears and stretches his nose towards the dog and tries REALLY REALLY HARD to make friends. It's a serious Disney moment.

Cats are also a prime target for Dino's friendly advances, although they are usually a little more aware of the possibility of being stomped by big, hard pony hooves and don't stick around long. Cats are smart.

Most recently, Dino has been trying to make friends with two whitetail deer that live in the woods right next to the riding arena. Whenever they come out to snack on the grass and any spilled grain they can find, Dino walks right up to them to say "Hi." Then they have a stare-down for about five minutes, during which Dino and the deer stand stock still, ears up, staring at each other, waiting for the other one to move. This is highly entertaining, and adorable. I hope that one day the deer will become brave enough to hang out with Dino and they can graze together.

I'm glad I raised my  boy right, and he has no prejudice against animals of other species. A friend is a friend, no matter how many legs they have, how big they are, where they live, or what they eat. It's what's on the inside that counts!


  1. That's adorable! Mine are always grazing with birds sitting on their backs...


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