Thursday December 16 2010
I turned the Gray Mare (named Perry) out with the whole herd today... and it was about as uneventful as it could get.
I timed it after everyone had had their breakfast, and it was time for a morning siesta as the sun rays crested the bluffs, starting to thaw the 8* morning and warm up furry horse hides.
Perry and her babysitter Krusty strolled out into the big paddock... and everybody just stood there in a sort of morning sun stupor, watching her.
Eventually, one by one, the horses moseyed up to her to give her the Owyhee Welcome (From most of them: "You're new. Get away.") No serious chasing though, no biting, only one or two squeals; and Perry mostly ignored them.
It's all about the ears - you can watch a horse's ears and pretty much tell what they're thinking.
Perry: Keeping an eye/ear on Jose, but not worried. Jose: Interested!
Perry: wary of Ted. Ted: Doesn't particularly like her.
Smokey: doesn't like Perry!
Sunny: doesn't like Perry!
Rhett: doesn't like Perry!
Perry: keeping an eye/ear on Jose and Batman, but not worried. Jose and Batman: interested!
Rhett: still doesn't like her!
Perry: uninterested. Jose: still interested! (Later I saw him trying to get her to play!)
Give her a few days... and she'll slip in with the herd like she's always been here.