Hey there, RnC!
As you were previously aware, RnC’s mascot was recently born and brought very lovingly into the community with a brilliant personality. Very many names were thrown at us. We could never have named her without you. Thank you to everyone who submitted a name!
As each name was run by her, her response changed a bit. As we do not know which of you submitted the name Willow, we have written her reaction in a form in which each of you can imagine yourself speaking to her and suggesting it.
“What about… Willow,” you murmur, almost at a whisper. You look directly into the buckskin mare’s eyes, which seem curious at least. Her ears perk a bit at the suggestion and she takes a step closer to you. She presses her head to your chest and waits for scratches behind the ear.
You smile and give her as she asks for, scratching just where she likes it. When you finish, she rubs her head against you, before shoving her nose in your face and giving you a big lick.
“Do you like the name?”
You first assume the gentle nickering answers your question. However, something else seems to have caught her attention at this point instead of the name. She steps forward, looking directly at your pocket. Fairly quickly you remember the peppermint you had been saving for yourself.
“No, that's mine… You’ve already had a treat this afternoon.”
As you take a step back, she looks up at you in almost a mischievous way. Then, she steps towards you again and shoves her nose as far into your pocket as she can manage. You can’t help but laugh, and allow her to take it. After gaining what she wants, she lifts her head and looks proud and happy.
You decide to test the name out, and see how she responds. “You’re a determined girl, aren’t you, Willow?”
She gives you the same curious look, and you decide to spend a little longer in the barn with her. The longer you stay, the more you see the rest of her personality. The trust, kindness, friendliness, and love. At the same time, she seemed to have a very curious and adventurous spirit.
Very quickly both she and you become fond of the name Willow,
And forever after, Willow became a beloved member of RnC.