Saturday, September 6, 2008

The Reunion

Hey guys, not much horsey stuff been going on lately, thus no posts! Although something did happen on the day of my last post that I haven't gotten around to posting.

Tuff rejoined his mommy! We put them all back together in a big, oh, at least 10 acre pasture. And while I was NOT expecting it to go real well, it went even WORSE then I thought!

So, Daisy and Rusty were in that smaller pasture just down the gravel road from the other, so we just walked them over to the gate of the big one. Daisy was power walking it! Which it was down a slope, but thats unusual for her, lol. I think she was excited. Well we get to the gate and here is the site that greets us, lol. (my two BILs had rustled up the colts so they could all meet with the gate as a barrier first.)

So we walked Daisy and Rusty up, they all sniffed for awhile, yada yada, no squeals, pawing, etc.

Here's a pic of Daisy and Tuff, so cute! And the next is her and the colts, and then their 'uncle' Rusty and the 'babies'. Rusty looks VERY interested, lol.

So I bring Daisy in and the FIL brings Rusty in after and I let Daisy off the lead and then the colts got behind her and she double barrels them at them!! Then takes off trotting out into the open field. Colts right after her! The FIL was slow at getting Rusty undone, so he starts having a fit, you can watch most of it here. After he gets loose he BOOKS it after them all, lol, hes a fast scudder. The camera gets handed from the husband to me at one point so thats why it goes upside down, haha.

So then I run out after them, cause I'm missing all the action! Well I get out there and can't find them! I'm starting to freak because I start thinking, oh no, what if they all ran up toward the house (theirs a pretty narrow lane of hot wire up to the small area near the house) I didn't want them getting into kicking fights up there, thats for sure!

Well we finally find them, on opposite sides of the pasture!! You can barely see it in this pic, Daisy and Rusty are chompin down in the left corner, and the babies are checkin them out. So for the next 2 hours or so we try to get them closer together so they can do their 'getting to know you' stuff while we are there to supervise. The babies wanted nothing to do with them! And we soon found out why. Daisy apparently kicked Tuff in the gut at one point, and Rusty CHASES them everwhere. I've got a few vids of that, will try to get them uploaded. It takes soo long though. So anyway, here's a few more pics I got.

This was Lee dragging them out of one of their hiding places. Poor babies.
And then a neat picture of my hubby. There is a tripod deer stand in the pasture, he was the eye in the sky, hehe.
Tuff and Skip saying, can we go back to the other pasture, PLEASE!
They are such good buddies. I never see them bite at each other, or even lay ears back at each other. Lee thinks they would be a good 'team'. I said do you have any idea how expensive harness is! Not to mention a cart! But that would be neat! Lee used to work for a guy who had a farm with a bunch of Suffolk horses, and he used to harness and drive them a bit, the guy mostly used them for working the land, plowing and the like.

Here's another vid, this one is Rusty chasing the poor babies. This is after I chased them toward Rusty so they could get to know each other and quit that crap, but of course it didn't work and he chased them back. :( I say soemthing like SEE, look what happened! Which is because I said when I saw the colts coming toward me I didn't want to chase them back to them, I knew Rusty was going to do that.

So the conlusion is that apparently Rusty thinks of Daisy as his 'mare' and wants them no where near her. He didn't bother to chase them until they got close. These are after we brought them back to the little pasture, we kept them seperated if we weren't out there to watch them.

Tuff has medicine on his wounds, thats the white stuff. They got cut up from being in the woods fleeing!
Tuff eating a strand of hay off the hot wire, goofy boy.
This was when Daisy was getting her shoes pulled and feet rasped a bit. (the white thing is my over shirt, haha, she was holding it for me) She lost one running like crazy out there, so I brought her up to the house so the FIL could just pull the rest till I can get her trimmed. She was a good girl, I thought she might be a bit of a pain since she had to leave everyone behind, but she just neighed real low for him a bit. She has A REALLY deep neigh, its so funny.
RUSTY on the other hand was having a FIT over in the other pasture, screaming and running like an idiot forever.

Its been two weeks now and Tuff has all manner of scratches and such all over him. I guess they run into the woods to escape. I haven't seen any new ones in the past few days though, so maybe they are getting better. Most of the time the babies stay up near the house away from them. And lately Daisy has been being evil to them! She tries to paw their heads in if they get close to her and SHE will chase them too. Geesh, stinkin horses! I think she is in heat though.

So! That is the drama that went on after I rode Daisy bareback the other day. And it still isn't finished. I sure hope they get their dynamics figured out soon!

I will post next about what I did with the two colts yesterday. They got a big of a training refresher. :)
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