today when I came to feed the horses, danielle was riding. she pulled cookie over to the gate. we chatted. cookie is the kind of horse who always wants to be involved in the party, so it was no surprise when she stuck her head right into my business. I stuck my hand out and she snuffled it for awhile; this is our old habit. ('are there treats? no treats? no treats?'). but then she lowered her head and held it against my chest and I wrapped my arms around it in a head-hug (any horse-lover understands this), and that was that. animals are funny sometimes, the way they know.