A quick update …
In spite of -20C temperatures Bear is settling in nicely at his new, cosy digs.
Perhaps the most astonishing development is how quickly he’s managed to make new friends.
Bear has a sociable nature, but never could I have imagined just how easy going he was going to be with this major transition in his life.
When introducing horses to each other for the first time it’s important to be mindful. Like people, horses either get along, or they don’t. When horses don’t get along it can be pretty distressing. So, that first morning, while figuring out what would work best for all concerned, the barn manager held Bear back in the barn. Her first inclination, as is common practice, was to put him out in a small paddock by himself so he could get a sense of his surroundings. He would go out on second rotation keep a sick and unhappy horse on stall rest with a sore leg some company.
But Bear wasn’t having it. He wanted to go out.
So, he was turned out with two horses who just happen to be two of his closest neighbours in the barn so he would have had all that first night to start getting acquainted. Out in the paddock and after some initial squealing, which is typical of newly introduced horses, they were right as rain.
I could hardly believe it when she told me. Bear’s not even in the barn 24 hours and he’s already made friends.
His new paddock pals are lovely.
The first is ZuZu who, you may recall, was mentioned in my previous post. She’s a young mare of the Canadian breed. (Has Bear ever been turned out with a mare before? Certainly not while I’ve had him. Of course, there was his mother … ;-)) She’s a feisty, self-assured young lady quite able, it appears, to hold her own among the boys. Bear is mighty fond of her already, and looks for her when she isn’t nearby. I’ve also caught them making eyes at each other across the aisle.
Oh, my! My boy has a girlfriend!!!
He also has a new buddy.
Jerome is an international show jumper in early retirement due to injury, and has been ZuZu’s paddock pal for a while already. He’s a real sweetheart and it’s clear he simply wants to be Bear’s buddy. I spied them grooming each other as I drove by their paddock and into the farm that first day. A good sign.
Needless to say I am thrilled at how quickly Bear has settled in.
So, proud of my boy. 🙂
Nurture what you love …
©Dorothy Chiotti, Aimwell CreativeWorks 2014