Dear Uncle Louie,
I am riting with good news. Too good news-es in fact.
Did you hear that we had a little couzin born today? She looks kinda small and wobbly but they say she should improve quickly. I think she looks a bit like you.
I also made an interesting discovery this week.
My mom has been riding me on a very loose rein…she even took the bridle off once.
That made it really easy to play in the dirt. I like digging in dirt with my nose.
Well, I had my head down to push dirt and a thought occurred to me.
I don’t have thoughts often…so I decided to go with it.
You see, mom has been teaching me to lay down sometimes.
I like it.
It is easy.
She doesn’t have me do it while we are riding.
It would be easier.
So I decided to lay down.
This is a bit embarrassing to admit, but as you are my uncle I will tell you. I got stuck half-way down.
It happened like this; mom asked me to move my hip, I did and I put my head down too, I had the idea to lay down, I buckled my legs and went down on my knees…and then mom started kicking me.
I guess she didn’t want me to lay down…but I couldn’t get up either (I fell over once trying and with her on me I didn’t want to do that)…so I just knelt there. She got off and got me up.
I wasn’t sure if she was happy I had the idea…or not.
Later, at the end of the ride she showed me a cue to lay down. I was so excited! She must have liked my earlier idea.
The next few days I tried laying down but I guess I’m only supposed to do it when she asks me to.
I will keep you posted. Maybe you should try it?
Rite back if you can,
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