Joining the herd

This beautiful 6 year old sorrel mare was rescued from the Yakima Feedlot on 12/13/05. She had a halter that was severely embedded into her jowls, poll and nose.

Joining the herd

Postby Juliane on Wed Jul 05, 2006 11:10 am

Since moving to our new home, Patience hasn't been allowed out with the rest of the herd. She has been in the round pen with Ace. They seem to get along well, though Patience continually paced the boundaries of the round pen, eager to join the rest of the horses. After 5 days, I was seeing no improvement in her anxiousness. I was hesitant to let her out, as there is another mare in the pasture that is alot like Patience in regards to being the "boss mare". I really didn't want to see them go at it :P

However, both Nikki and I felt it would be ok to give it a shot. So, yesterday morning, I let Patience out of the round pen. She immediately wandered around, investigating her new surroundings, greeting her old herdmate, Sydney, and most of all, grazing on the green grass!

Towards the end of the day, Patience and Farfalli did have words, but no one got hurt, other than some small scrapes. I can't tell who is the "boss" of the two, or if they've agreed to disagree, but it is nice to see Patience more relaxed without being confined to the round pen. Ace doesn't seem to mind being alone again either.

One funny part of all this was that Patience spent most of her time squeeling and snuffling with Rory, who is in the small paddock adjacent to the pasture. It didn't seem so much like a flirtatious mare in heat, as much as it resembled two stallions greeting each other, and ultimately challenging each other. It was very weird :)

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