Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Sorry, I didn't mean to worry anyone. It was exciting when I turned everyone out together, but no major injuries. I'm sure they're sore though. Bella and Cisco went at it at least four times. I was pretty sure that would happen. They're just going to have to work it out. It was hard to watch though. I kept picturing broken legs, gashes, and hematomas. Nothing of that sort, praise be.

I turned off the camera in the middle of this one, had to check to make sure Cisco was okay. Apparently I can't take video and look at the same time. Check out Tonka's nifty evasive maneuver in the second one. And it's interesting to watch how the herd moves, who goes where and does what. (You probably want to turn off your volume. My dog loves to bark when the horses are acting up.)

Seems to me, watching how these battles played out, Bella went in and started it, then was first to leave. Cisco didn't seem to be the direct instigator but was quite happy to put the smackdown on her. He got along fine with the others. Tonka was told to back off a bit but they did share some hay. Scout and Cisco seem to be good buddies. Soxy and Cisco have been living together so they're fine. You can see she's trying to stay out of the way, poor old girl.

I was going to load another short video and some pictures, but I think I'll save them for tomorrow. I'd imagine these picture and video-heavy posts load slowly for people with slower connections.

But I will leave you with a picture that shows Tonka didn't manage to stay completely out of the way.


Linda Reznicek said...

You've been getting in some great photos and video. Mine just aren't that exciting.

Kara said...

It looks like Bella is trying to protect Scout, and it looks like Tonka is kinda herding Cisco away from "his mares". Several times, Tonka gets himself in between Cisco and Bella and Scout.

Herd dynamics are so fun to observe.

arlene said...

That was fun to watch. I like Tonka's tat. I'm looking forward to the day when my boys can be trusted to romp.
How are they with that tape fence? It's what I'd like to use in some areas.

Andrea said...

Linda, sometimes I wish my horses wouldn't do such exciting things. I love to watch them romp, but I could do without the kicking.

Kara, yeah, they are interesting. I can't wait to see how this plays out over time.

Arlene, I LOVE my fence. I think it's about the safest fence you could have. It's HorseGuard brand, not the cheap stuff from the feed store. They just can't hurt themselves on it. And of course since it's electrified they stay away from it. I've had a couple horses miscalculate and slide through it or stick a leg through, and it just stretches and they're not hurt. Just re-tension the fence (easy to do), maybe put the insulator back on, and you're all set. Of course, if you have a doofus like Tonka you have to keep the electric on at all times or they'll start sticking a leg through on purpose...