He's getting close and the cat is getting nervous, ready to take off. I expect the cat to dash away at any moment.
But instead something else catches Desert Boy's eye and he keeps traipsing past the cat. I can hear the cat's sigh of relief. Whew, no little boy to put up with. I can just relax and do my own thing.
All the commotion attracts some of the horses, who had been grazing out in the field. They like being around people and don't want to miss any of the action.
And for this horse, it's a good reward, a little nuzzle time with Desert Boy. He's not intimidated by these huge creatures, and he usually laughs when they nip his clothes--or Mama. He's growing up to be quite an animal lover. I just am not sure what I'll do when he gets to the stage when he wants to have more pets!