Archive for July, 2010

Battle Scars

It’s been 13 days since we threw our herd together. It’s gone amazingly smooth, especially once the girls came out of heat – geesh! Hormone City… Most of the time there’s peaceful energy surrounding our equines. They graze and walk the 5 acres then graze some more. They rest in the shade of trees or in one of the sheds where fans can cool them. Life is good.

There is but one tiny hitch – Becca and Sam seem to have a love / hate thing going. One minute they are happily next to one another…

and the next they are biting, squealing and kicking! None of it is terribly aggressive or we’d have worse injuries. After days of observing them we’ve come up with a few theories. They’re both young and a bit full of themselves. Becca thinks she’s all that and Sam knows he is so conflict is bound to happen. Both have limited experience being in a herd situation. Cass and Tanner are more mature and know how herds work so they mostly keep away from any ruckus. They know what’s important – grazing.

Tanner waits for the girls to head out before following, making sure the all clear’s been heard.

Sam is taking the brunt of the kicks Becca is dishing out…

And Becca is taking some bites from Sam…

Thankfully, she’s a fast healer. The bites have hurt I’m sure, as have her kicks to him. But, that’s what horses do.

Part of their dispute may be over Cass. I’ve said before how she evokes feelings in others they themselves don’t understand…I mean, just look at her!

Cass and Sam have a strong bond from our original barn 2 years ago. Sam was beside her in the barn every night we awaited the birth of Becca. They traveled together to Leslie’s for training and found friendship when both were unsure in a new place. Now they’re back together and enjoying one another. Becca is the rare horse who’s known only a few months away from her mother. They are extremely tight. So, some of the problems between Becca and Sam stem from them wanting to be with Cass. I’ve seen both run the other off away from her. Cass is waiting (as are we) for them to work it out.

The donkeys hang with all of them. They do their best to stay out of the way when any crazy running is going on. Clementine loves to help in the barn when we’re grooming or doing chores. Her momma, Mathilde usually stays a little away. She just isn’t quite as brave as her daughter.

Therese and Tanner are motivating both Gayle and I to get back in charge of our training. He’s such a great example to have around and we hope his wonderful manners are rubbing off a bit.

See, Becca’s already learned to ground tie again. I’ll admit I’ve let her get away with a lot.

She’s almost as breathtaking as her momma. I’m so glad she’s healthy and well-adjusted. Becca is a rarity and I hope I do her justice as she grows. We have a lot more firsts to accomplish together.

Cass asked me to tell Gayle,  “thank you very much for cleaning the water troughs…

our mom’s not the best housekeeper sometimes.” 🙂

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Can Horses Date?

To say we’ve had an exciting week is quite the understatement. We quickly went from our little female herd of horses and donkeys to having 2 handsome boy horses move in! Cass said, “WHOOHOO!” Becca wasn’t sure what to think. Sam moved in first and we kept him separated from Becca and Cass by rotating them in and out of the small pasture.

It didn’t help much, though. The bonding was immediate and the outrageous flirting was in full swing through the gate! I hate to say it but my girls are floosies!

Tanner joined us on thursday. Gayle (Sam’s mom) and I had been worrying ourselves silly creating all sorts of scenarios with big fights and lots of kicking. It really is ridiculous to worry about something that’s not even happened, yet. We should have had more faith in our horses. When Tanner stepped off the trailer he looked around…(that’s his mom, Therese)…

Is he gorgeous or what?!

We had the girls safely in the barn so the boys could meet without interruptions. Tanner noticed Sam and waltzed over to say hello.

Gayle and Therese anxiously await the fireworks…

… none came so they swung the gate open to really see what would happen.

Instead of puffing out their chests and showing just who was the man…they began grooming each other!

Sam happily showed Tanner all around the pasture and barn.

We’d planned on not letting the girls get close the first day but it was going so smoothly, we thought, what the heck? I opened Cass’ stall door and she came strutting out like I’ve never seen before. Becca was close behind and she quickly went up to Sam for a real face to face meeting. When Sam started sniffing where she didn’t want Becca twirled around and gave him a kick.

They all chased around for a few minutes but there was no aggression being seriously shown by anyone.

Ring around the horsey…

After just a few minutes all were peacefully doing what a herd of horses is supposed to do. This could very well be the quickest herd mingling ever and with no injuries!

To allow them all some rest, we put the boys in the small pasture for the night. This was when Cass posed the question, “can we date?”

I sure understand a bit of what my mom must have felt when all her teenage girls began dating. Once Sam came into the picture Cass hasn’t had much time for me. It broke my heart a little but it’s also comforting to see her being a horse. I forget sometimes that in her former life she lived in a large herd and had very little human contact.

The dynamics of CassidyLand have changed a bit but I think everything’s gonna be just fine.

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