A recent hike in the foothills above Boise yielded an unexpected delight. The property I was hiking is private, but the landowner has generously provided access to the public for hiking and mountain biking. While I was off the trail to catch my breath and investigate some lizards that were doing push ups on the dead branches of an old willow tree, I heard this poor fellow puffing up the trail.
A few minutes later I glanced up the hill to my right and my heart skipped a beat.
I plodded to the top of the drainage and enjoyed an awesome 360 view from which I could see other parts of the city sprawling below, a network of trails and the few remaining patches of snow marking Bogus Basin, my beloved ski area.
I headed back down the hill. By now the horses had nibbled their way down to the main trail. I sat down beside the trail just to see what would happen.
They made my day. Obviously they weren’t really Brumbies. They were seriously tame and well cared for. I appreciate the landowner even more for letting the public mingle with his horses.