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Thread: The herd moves together. Illustrated story.

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    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.
    [img]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...thepasture.jpg[/img]
    Looking cute, as always.
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    Whoa, Mazie, is that Rosie on OUR side? In OUR pasture?
    [img]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...ieinwithUS.jpg[/img]
    Yakking to show submission...
    [img]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...orgottoyak.jpg[/img]
    Tucker says "Yippee!! New milk bar!"
    [img]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...newmilkbar.jpg[/img]
    Welcoming committe!
    [img]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...7poorRosie.jpg[/img]
    Mazie says "Yippee! New milk bar!"
    [img]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...iehadtotry.jpg[/img]
    Rosie says "Milk bar? I remember those. Is there one around here?"
    [img]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...oundedfine.jpg[/img]
    Karla says "You've got to be kidding. Oh well, at least they're getting along."
    [img]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...0goodgrief.jpg[/img]
    No milk. Wanna groom together?
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    Rosie's a star.
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    Whisper came next.
    [img]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v630/barnbum/24.jpg[/img]
    Checking her out...
    [img]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v630/barnbum/26.jpg[/img]
    Tucker is yakking again.
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    Tucker loves Whisper.
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    Karla says "So far, so good."
    [img]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v630/barnbum/32.jpg[/img]
    So, let's bring on Jazz.
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    Whisper says "Hi, Jazz!" Gypsy says "Do you remember who's the boss here?"
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    Jazz says "Hi, Gypsy, I've missed you!"
    [img]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v630/barnbum/47.jpg[/img]
    Gypsy spoke her mind, Jazz listened carefully, and all was well.
    [img]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v630/barnbum/45.jpg[/img]
    The mares circled around the foals to keep them safe.
    [img]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v630/barnbum/50.jpg[/img]
    They created a barrier.
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    Jazz said he wanted to talk to his daddy.
    [img]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v630/barnbum/53.jpg[/img]
    Gypsy said "Not yet, Tucker."
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    Tucker obeyed.
    [img]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v630/barnbum/55.jpg[/img]
    Gypsy needed time to see if the gelding really worked.
    [img]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v630/barnbum/56.jpg[/img]
    Chloe moved the foals further away.
    [img]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v630/barnbum/58.jpg[/img]
    Everybody worked to distract the foals and give Jazz time to prove himself.
    [img]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v630/barnbum/61.jpg[/img]
    Tucker's had quite an interesting morning.
    [img]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v630/barnbum/64.jpg[/img]
    These six were in harmony.
    [img]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v630/barnbum/69.jpg[/img]
    But one was still left out.
    [img]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v630/barnbum/68.jpg[/img]
    But after a time... trust was built.
    [img]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v630/barnbum/81.jpg[/img]
    The others sensed the lead mare's easing and moved in closer...
    [img]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v630/barnbum/82.jpg[/img]
    The foals were allowed to get closer to their daddy.
    [img]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v630/barnbum/83.jpg[/img]
    And closer...
    [img]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v630/barnbum/85.jpg[/img]
    And closer...
    [img]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v630/barnbum/87.jpg[/img]
    Jazz is accepted.
    [img]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v630/barnbum/88.jpg[/img]
    Rosie comes to welcome him to the new herd.
    [img]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v630/barnbum/91.jpg[/img]
    And Jazz's favorite girl will be friends..
    [img]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v630/barnbum/93.jpg[/img]
    But, Gypsy says, "I'm still, and always will be, the boss."
    [img]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v630/barnbum/94.jpg[/img]

    The end to a very happy morning. :D

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    Great pictures and story. They are beautiful. I wish I could see them in person and give them a pat.
    Thanks so much for sharing!!!

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    Loos like they are getting along just fine.

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    How cute are they?? All together! I just love it---thanks for the great story, Karla

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    Awwwww....how cute!
    I was going to cry if they didn't let Jazz in!
    Yes, I have/had tears welling up! I know, silly me!
    They are all just sooo beautiful!
    Especially, that one certain one named Rosie! :)

    I'm glad they are all getting along in the pasture. So nice for that to happen and I'm sure much easier on you since you don't have to seperate them. :)

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    I confess, Terri--I was weepy when I created the story.

    I edited photos for over an hour tonight--I'm so pleased--it's very time consuming to learn this program...but I'm gaining. I should have waited and posted the better ones!! :roll:

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    You can post more pictures. I'm sure no one will mind.
    I was thinking the other day...hmm...where are the horse pics? Haven't seen any in a while. Need a horse fix. lol

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    Thank you Karla! Just in time - we needed a horse fix!

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    Lovely photo essay Karla :D
    Thanks for the horse & foal fix!

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    Thank you Karla for shating. The pics always bring a smile to my face!!

    Kyia :D

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    lovely photos. i drive to work past some farms and one man put a lone horse out in his yard to eat the grass. one lone horse for weeks! I was about to call someone when the grass was finally cut! I wanted another horse to be put with him for comfort at least. They are not solitary animals.

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    So nice for that to happen and I'm sure much easier on you since you don't have to separate them.
    Well...I still have to hunt down the poop piles daily--(it's like an Easter egg hunt), and now I need to have more water out there because I don't know who will wander into which pasture... so I'd not consider it easier... but it is great for the horses! The foals can learn proper herd behavior and it IS giving me more photo ops. I want to see who gets along with whom too.

    I have Jazz and Tucker up for sale now, but I put a solid price on them, so I'm sure they won't be going anywhere soon. :wink:

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    I noticed that.
    Yes, I frequent your site alot, gotta get my fix in! :)

    I'll wait to see what happens next week, if you've taken them off the For Sale list. lol

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    What a great story!! I loved it! I miss all of them and their fuzzy coats! :mrgreen:

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    You know, Karla, you really need to publish a children's book.

    Your photos are wonderful and I think children would really
    enjoy the "story".

    I'm so glad everyone is getting along, too. :lol:

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    Nice pics ~ thx for sharing.

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    Maybe when I retire, Joan--I'm just too busy. :roll:

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    Or, how about a calendar!

    I can just see Rosie in her winter jammies prodding through the snow!

    Or a summer month with sunflowers in the background.

    Unlike California, you really have seasons!

    Take the pics now and think about publishing that calendar in the future.

    You already have plenty of pics now.

    (p.s.---I want to buy the first one...... :lol:

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    Actually--Loretta had me looking into calendars and by the time I pay for them to be made--it'd be a crazy price to charge someone to make a small profit. And the quality of the less expensive ones is bad.

    I looked into note cards, too. Same deal--it's a fair price if I sell locally, but to ship them somewhere--too much. :(

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    Thank you so much for the great pictures and the story of the event! I needed my fix! :lol:

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    Karla, I was holding my breath waiting to see if Jazz would be invited in! And I laughed out loud when he was told who's the BOSS LADY!!! Thank you for another great story and wonderful photos!

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    Karla, I've been so busy lately that I missed this when it was first posted! That is always a "hold your breath moment" isn't it? So nice of the ladies to let Jazz in...I love to see the whole herd together. Just when you think its all peaceful....someone just has to snort and then the ears get laid back...then...whew..just a warning, all is well again.

    Keep sharing your pics, they are always great!

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    I was shaking hoping no one would kick and a baby would get hurt. I was very proud of Rosie especially because she's only two--and two year olds can not always act according to proper herd behavior--but she never kicked once. She hollered a lot though. :lol:

    I love having all the pasture open to all horses. I relax at school--not having to worry about moving horses around and if they're bored stuck in one pasture all day. :roll: But, the foals should be weaned soon--so it'll come to an end in a few weeks.

    I took so many photos that morning... I've edited others--as I should have to some of these before I posted them--but that's okay--you got the idea.

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    Oh Karla, you know we don't worry about your editing...we just love to see ALL the photos! I wish we could open up the whole farm to all the cows and horses but our "neighbor" has a 5 yr. old BULL (no they don't have any cows) and a 2 yr. old STUD (that has never been touched) along with his Mama and another mare in their pasture that borders ours. We've spend $1200.00 on electric fencing to keep the bull away from our cows. I refuse to let our horses even close to the fence. We keep the horses on the other side of our farm..as far away as possible!

    Oh sorry...got on a rant there...Your Rosie would be well mannered at 2...She seems to be pretty laid back..or am I wrong?

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    oh gosh, sandpat--the stud is in with his mother and another mare? Never been touched, eh? Great. :? I can certainly see why your horses are kept on the other side.

    Rosie is gentle and kind, but more high strung--for example, I didn't take her close to the Quail Summit residents because she's more liable to lift her head in a second--just more like that. But, she's pretty calm other wise. I thought for sure she'd buck about when in the pasture with the foals for the first time, but she was awesome--never lifted a hoof. Now she'll lay down on cue!! :D :D :D It was one of my summer goals. The only glitch is she'll only lay down in one spot. :roll: We're working on that. :wink:

    The potential buyers come Sunday... holding my breath.

    Off to school....

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