Lightfoot would later develop a problem that we couldn't solve.
We should have seen it coming because of what happened when his
grandpa, Sandia, stayed with us for two weeks.
About half a year previously, Melody Wulfekuhl had been looking
for a riding horse for her daughter Andi, age 13. Because of
experiences with a biting pony, Andi had developed a fear of
horses. Melody asked Al for advice on what kind of horse would
help Andi overcome her fears. Miller offered his gelding Sandia
for just $500. She jumped at the deal.
Sandia was affectionate as a pet dog. However, about every
time Andi got on Sandia, he bucked her off. Soon she wouldn't
ride him any more.
Sandia's problem intrigued me. As Lightfoot's grandfather,
and Vashti's father, he evidently had sexual experience before
getting gelded. Also, Melody said Sandia and his pasture mate,
Misty, acted like, to put it politely, lovers.
In early July, the Wulfekuhls asked us to board Sandia and
Misty while they vacationed. It seemed like a good time to find
out why he was acting up. Of course I was no expert, but with
a little help from my friends...
I asked Debbie for help. However, before Debbie could make
it over, our plans hit an unexpected delay. The morning of the
second day Sandia was with us, I saw Lightfoot grab the crest
of Coquetta's neck in his mouth. Then Sandia muscled Lightfoot
away and grabbed Coquetta's neck. She squealed and kicked. Sandia
backed off while Lightfoot circled, both snaking their heads
low and angry.