Everyone knows that yawning is contagious...
but did you know that it is also contagious across species.
If you have a dog, you may well be aware that dogs often yawn after
hearing or seeing their human yawn.
Armed with this knowledge,
I thought I would give it a try the other morning with one of the horses.
Dr. Becky's horse Sid was out grazing in the pasture next to our horses.
Because Sid was next to the fence and my horses were busy eating,
I thought I would give it a try with Sid.
"Hey there, Sid. whatcha up to?"
"Just hanging out watching the other horses, with whisker-cicles on my chin!"
I mustered the biggest yawn I could, right next to Sid.
Low and behold...
A little later it was time for everyone to go back to the barn.
I hiked out and put halters on the ponies...
Red and Ollie...
And led everyone back to the barn in two shifts.
Ordinarily, Moonbeam tags along and walks himself back to the barn.
But on this particular morning he wasn't interested in following his herd.
Instead, he made a bee-line back up to the upper pasture to visit a little longer with Sid.
(that is a little, lone apartment building across the street from our upper pastures)