I decided it was time to let all seven horses together. It was a quiet morning, everyone had a full belly, I had plenty of time and my camera. :wink: The foals, 4 months old now, can be weaned at any time. I'm in no hurry to separate them from their mamas, but it'll be nice to have everyone know everyone for when the time comes. So--here's what happened.
(all photos copyright Karla Borglum Santoro 2009)
Just another quiet morning, so they think.
Looking cute, as always.
Whoa, Mazie, is that Rosie on OUR side? In OUR pasture?
Yakking to show submission...
Tucker says "Yippee!! New milk bar!"
Mazie says "Yippee! New milk bar!"
Rosie says "Milk bar? I remember those. Is there one around here?"
Karla says "You've got to be kidding. Oh well, at least they're getting along."
No milk. Wanna groom together?
Rosie's a star.
Whisper came next.
Checking her out...
Tucker is yakking again.
Tucker loves Whisper.
Karla says "So far, so good."
So, let's bring on Jazz.
Whisper says "Hi, Jazz!" Gypsy says "Do you remember who's the boss here?"
Jazz says "Hi, Gypsy, I've missed you!"
Gypsy spoke her mind, Jazz listened carefully, and all was well.
The mares circled around the foals to keep them safe.
They created a barrier.
Jazz said he wanted to talk to his daddy.
Gypsy said "Not yet, Tucker."
Gypsy needed time to see if the gelding really worked.
Chloe moved the foals further away.
Everybody worked to distract the foals and give Jazz time to prove himself.
Tucker's had quite an interesting morning.
These six were in harmony.
But one was still left out.
But after a time... trust was built.
The others sensed the lead mare's easing and moved in closer...
The foals were allowed to get closer to their daddy.
Jazz is accepted.
Rosie comes to welcome him to the new herd.
And Jazz's favorite girl will be friends..
But, Gypsy says, "I'm still, and always will be, the boss."
The end to a very happy morning. :D