What’s There, Tonka?

By Terry Golson

All of the horses were in their stalls, eating their late afternoon hay. All but Tonka.


He was looking out. With his panoramic vision, Tonka could see the whole sweep of the property, all the way from the barn on one side to the field on the other. His ears, though, pointed this way.


He was very interested in something. Enough to stop chewing. But not afraid. His lower lip still hung loose.


I joined him. We both looked.


I didn’t see anything. Maybe there was a movement that I missed. Or a sound. Or a smell. Tonka leaned in to discuss it with me. That didn’t help me know what had grabbed his attention. He fogged up my glasses.


Despite my ignorant take on the situation, I like to think that he liked my company and the conversation. I left him to it. He watched for a few minutes more.

Then Tonka went inside for his hay. I still don’t know what he knew.

7 thoughts on “What’s There, Tonka?

  • John Schaller

    What a great capture of spending time observing with your horse! Late afternoon with a view of thawing Maine woods, I suppose all sorts of possible things could have grabbed his attention?

  • Helen M

    This. This is part of the joy and mystery of being with animals. We never do know what they are thinking. Thank you!

    • Terry Golson Post author

      He does enjoy the jumping. Now when he sees other horses jumping he gets a happy look, then annoyed at me when I don’t head him over them, too!

  • chickencarol

    That is just so cute. Lovely photos and sometimes we will never know exactly what is going on in our animals minds however well we know them.

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