Guess who joined the herd yesterday afternoon?
When we got home from our trail ride yesterday, with a very tired Winston and mellow Mufasa, we decided to try moving Jackson out with the herd. He looks so forlorn in his paddock. We were hopeful that Winston and Mufasa wouldn't push him around.
They all behaved beautifully. Mufasa has been here long enough for herd dynamics to be established. Other than some polite discussions between Mufasa and Jackson about who is at the very bottom of the pecking order, things are mellow yellow.
Even at feeding time. Flash has taken over the run in shed. It's the herd king's palace, apparently. He eats in there and enjoys the shade. He doesn't share.
Jackson, Mufasa and the donkeys settle in together at the lunch pole.
Winston tried to gain access to the palace -- and failed. He ambled down to join the group; making sure they all understood that he ranks above them, just below Flash.
In other news, poor little Kersey is having a rough time. She's never been the hardiest dog in terms of her joints. She was tested for hip dysplasia as a puppy and didn't display any symptoms. However, she pulled a muscle in her hind about a year ago (or more) and it has never completely healed. She's always a bit gimpy in the morning and if she lands on it funny, she will yelp. Last night, when I let the dogs in at bedtime Kersey could hardly make it to the bedroom. She was shaking like a leaf and didn't want anything except her bed. This morning she couldn't follow Brett and Sedona to go outside. She tried to get up, sat back down, and looked miserable. Brett came back and carried her outside, all 80 solid pounds of her. I gave her a pain pill and her muscle meds. She was doing much better at lunch time.
|Sedona and Kersey, best friends|
|I love you, Sedona. Kiss kiss.|
Thank you all for your kind, supportive comments about my trail ride with Winston yesterday. Winston is great on the trail, and loves it, when we go out with just Brett and Mufasa or Flash. He's even pretty good all by himself. He just doesn't like being in a group of horses he doesn't know. I think he worries about the herd dynamics and stresses about establishing his place. So, we will continue to trail ride but we will do it with Brett. I prefer that anyway. Brett and I go at the same pace, and we can go as far (or not) as we want with no pressure from a group. Plus, there are always some ya-hoos in a group riding in a manner that isn't smart or safe or both and that bugs me.
Also thank you to Shannon and TheresaA for advice on how to work on my corners. We have poles and we have cones. I plan to use both. Unfortunately, we do not have the room to create a bigger arena so I can't practice in a competition size one. But I can get my corners better and I can work on accuracy at the letters.