|Rosie taking a look around|
|Rosie & Sami|
Last Saturday Rosie went to her paddock and we introduced Blue to her. That went very well for a while and they seemed to get along just fine. Blue got a little studly at times and acted like he might be stallion material (which he definitely is not)! When it looked as though she had had enough of him we switched her little buddy Sami in and all was peaceful.
For the remainder of the week, since she was still in heat, we put her and Sami in the small paddock. Everyone could see each other across the driveway and get used to the idea of a new horse. It seemed to work out well and the boys started to lose interest eventually.
Today, Saturday, we decided it was time to put them all together to get acquainted up close and personal. Sami and Rosie went out first and we let her explore her new surroundings for a while. Then we turned Blue out and he didn’t seem too interested in anything but his hay basket. Next in was Donnie then Grady. Donnie was very interested in making friends. Grady…not so much, the hay basket was calling his name. Once Blue noticed that Donnie and Sami were hanging around her by the run-in shed he decided to claim her for his own. He chased Donnie and Sami off and he tried to herd her around, which she took exception to, and threw a few warning kicks in his direction. After the initial meet and greet Rosie decided she might like to explore some other fields and had quite a conga line following her around. She is curious and very sensible and calm.
|Adventuring out of the catch pen for greener pastures|
|Donnie, Sami & Rosie|
|The herd figuring out what to do next|
|Rosie checking out more things with her followers|
|This was Blue's basic position with her all day...what a pest|
There was one time they all broke into a canter as a herd in the second field. Rosie missed the exit ramp over the culvert and wound up in the corner. The rest of the herd thundered through the culvert only to realize she was no longer with them. This led to an impressive U-Turn by the herd as they went back to
So for the most part they’ve been grazing and Rosie has been exploring her new surroundings. Blue has been right up her butt the whole day and I’m sure it’s getting on her nerves by now. No girl likes to have a personal stalker! But all in all the whole day went very well and in time they will all get used to one another.
Quote for Today
The essential joy of being with horses is that it brings us in contact with the rare elements of grace, beauty, spirit, and fire. ~Sharon Ralls Lemon