That is the question. Two contemplating cows is more than enough to contemplate.
I painted them after a visit to the 2015 Gladstone CampDraft event in the Macleay Valley near Kempsey. They suddenly paused in the midst of all the action in the cut-out yard to (I presume) watch the cow chosen by the competitor to be driven through the gateway into the arena, through the figure-eight course and off through a “gate” to complete the exercise.
What were they thinking? “Humans are dumb?” Probably. Confusing at least. Cows are intriguing to watch and while they might seem clumsy to some, when a horse and rider are trying to manoeuvre them in the yard they can be very much on the ball, evasive and quick. The following drawing is of one of the competing horses who was probably thinking the same thing while standing outside the yard in line listening to the chatter of spectators. The competitors were saying nothing, concentrating on the yard, and the job, in front of them…
It’s nice to see so many pampered equine specimens in one place. As in most competitive activities the participants really look after their charges well, often to their own detriment.
CampDraft is Australian but very similar to some events in America – explained so well in Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Campdrafting