Sunday, February 24, 2019

Tumbleweed Gets Evicted



The day came where I needed to separate Tumbleweed from surrogate mama, Foxy.  I had noticed he was acting really studdy with her--biting, herding, even trying to mount her.  Foxy, of course, was golden, and she would take it as far as she could without actually letting him mount.  But I started to get worried that one day she might need to give him a good kick and it wouldn't go so well for T'weed--or she'd take too much of it and get hurt herself...or pregnant.

My vet suggested I geld Tumbleweed in March, and it is coming right up, but to be safe, and to introduce him to the rest of the herd, and give Golden Girl Foxy a break--I moved  them to the other side of the barn where their runs still adjoin, but they also communicate with the turnout horses.

Maybe I'm projecting, but Foxy seemed to look relieved.  Her eyes softened up and she kept nuzzling me like, thank you, thank you!  I imagine this is how real mamas feel when it's time to wean their babies.  I love them, but enough is enough!


You can see T'weed's look--"that's my mama, my slave, my buddy, my playmate, my, mine...mine..."



We had to make some modifications to his stall--increasing the height of the separators, just in case he decides he wants to jump in with mama.  And, believe me, he was thinking about it.


But then he sees the mares fighting, and runs away.


It won't be long until they're on spring pasture, so getting to know the rest of the herd serves many good purposes right now.  It's the natural progression of things.  Boy is old enough to fend for himself.  


And, now he's going to bond more with me, too.  Win, win, win.

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  1. I figured that was coming. I bet Foxy was relieved. The boy needs to stand on his own 4 hooves.

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    1. Yep, and he was getting bored anyway. Now he has lots of new friends to keep him company.

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  2. Uh-oh! Better put his big boy panties on, now he's gonna play with the big dogs! Bet Foxy is enjoying a sigh of relief. Poor little guy's about to get an education...

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    1. Sorry, I just found this comment. The joy of blogger.

      Foxy has definitely enjoyed the breather, and he looks longingly at her all day from the other side of panels. Quite the riot. I'm going to go out and feel for testicles today, and then **hopefully** get that gelding scheduled ASAP.

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  3. I'll bet Foxy is breathing a big sigh of relief and thanking you. It was time and he was starting to be a little pest with her. He's probably ready to be a big boy now and join the herd once in a while.

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    1. Yes, as soon as the snow and ice melt, and he gets gelded, he’ll go into the herd. He’ll have fun playing with the other geldings. They’re right up his alley.

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  4. Yup 'tis the season when a young fella's thoughts turn to ... well. You know. Spring fever and all.
    Drifter has adapted to his solitude quite well, at least you can turn T'weed out with the herd once he is gelded. Drifter will not get that for a long while. Good thing he is laid back!
    Tumbleweed is looking really good!

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    1. Thanks. He seems like he’s holding up well through winter. I sure wish it would get over. Glad Drifter is okay being alone. I can’t say the same for Tumbleweed. He isn’t one that takes solitude well. And he can still see Foxy. She’s right next to him, but he misses playing with her. On a good note, he does seem to be comforted with my presence, too. Hopefully that will get us a long way together. 😀

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  5. Definitely can empathize with Foxy...

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    1. Yes, she is a saint! Poor thing. I owe her BIG time!

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