Emmy keeping an eye on everything.
She was the offical greeter!
Anyone could ride her and should you fall down and land between her front feet, and use her legs to pull yourself up (Like one person did who shall remain nameless), she would stand like a rock. Start to lean to one side and she would stop. She loved to be brushed and would turn her behind towards you so you could scratch the top of her hind quarters.
Dale was battling brain cancer and came out to the farm to work dogs and visit Emmy. Emmy followed him the entire time and refused to leave his side.
She was great with the sheep. When a ewe would lamb in the field, she would stand over the lamb and protect it from the eagles above. She would give the eagles the "stink-eye". The ewes would run to her if there was danger, and she would run around them and protect them. Once she heard her lambs shrieking and she saw a coyotes was after them. I was running down from the house with the gun to shoot the coyote. She ran after the coyote who let go of the lamb and he ran for his life. Mind you, this is a mare who hated going out in a trot, but she was the cutting machine out there. The coyote would cut to the left and she would follow and then he took a run for it. She grabbed him by the tail and flipped him in the air. Half of his tail was in her mouth. He managed to cut and then bolted under the gate. I saw him for years and he never came in the field or bothered the sheep again. If she saw a coyote, her tail would flip, head out go up and she would snort. They slunk off and skirted the pasture in search of easier prey. I would put her in my far pasture which was 1/3 mile form the house and she would protect the sheep.
Over four years ago, I was riding her and she spun and reared when she saw a coyote. Normally when I ride her and she sees a coyote, her head would go up and she would snort. I saw her start to rear and turned my head and her head hit my face. I rode her back to the house and she was careful all the way back. I had no idea what gotten into her as soon as her head hit me, she calmed down and didn't move so I was able to stay on. Jeff rushed me to ER and I had a concussion, fractures and so forth. A few days later, I went to my primary Doctor since my chest hurt and got x-ray. She saw that my ribs were cracked but she also saw my heart was enlarged. She called a heart specialist who got me in the next week and two week later I was getting my Open Heart Surgery. Had the accident not happened, I would have died from a stroke. I honestly think she did that so I could get the medical attention. She never acted up again, even when she saw coyotes when I was riding her. So, I credit her for saving my life. We were grateful and treated her and thanked her for saving me. She knew something was wrong and did what was necessary.
Begging for food.
Emmy and Kodi