Tuesday, January 26, 2021

LoverBoy

 Photographing this Loverboy is so darn difficult.  By the time I reach for my camera...


He's on the move.


And joined at the hip.

LB: Hi mom. What's the plan?

Mom: Wormer.

LB: Fun!

He's so easy to worm, and he even followed me to smell the empty syringe as I walked the pasture and went from horse to horse.

Leah didn't like her worming experience.  I had to grip her upper lip to get it done, but then she was all relaxed, like it was no big deal, and I did her bodywork.

An interesting thing happened last week while I led Cowgirl out to turnout. She was prancing all around and bolting in front of me, looking like she wanted to go beat up the herd. She is never like that. I finally got her into the gate and released her, and she went charging at them and lunging at them over the fence.  So, that was crazy, but something even crazier happened.  Loverboy, aka Tumbleweed, moved the herd back, and he took the front position and started lunging over the fence at Cowgirl. I thought his whole body might end up over it.

I didn't know what to think about it.  He has always taken the baby role, but something dramatically changed, and he is now in the role of protector. 

As I did my chores, I mulled through what Shirley said about the video of him doing Liberty work in the open pasture, the wolfhound barking at him, and him herding the dog away, then returning. Shirley said he was protecting me. That was a new, and amazing, concept.  But in light of what I saw him do for the herd, it makes sense.

I think this new development will deepen our relationship and make him an even better student at school. He's left the baby behind, and he is now, Loverboy.  At least, that is the first thing that comes to mind when I see him. ❤

7 comments:

  1. Hahaha Moondance is the same way with the camera, I usually get the same type of photos unless I chase him away!
    Interesting herd dynamics going on there. It's quite likely that the maternal instinct is kicking in with Cowgirl and it will be interesting to see if she is like that until foaling and how she will handle being a mama.
    Tumbleweed- Mr. Man! You might want to watch him around the foal, geldings have been known to be quite aggressive with foals, and he might be taking his new role as herd (and you) protector quite seriously.

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    1. I can’t remember which month I signed him up for, but he may be at training when the foal is born. Cowgirl and the foal will be separate from the herd for a long time. When we do introduce them in, it will be very slowly. I think she’s going to be a very protective mom. She has always been a dominant, alpha mare, but she hasn’t ever been out of the herd this long. The change in her is probably why she got that leg injury. Pregnancy just made her too aggressive for her own good. She always settles when my daughter is with her, so I’ll leave it all to her.

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  2. Well that is an interesting change in herd dynamics. I will be curious to see if it sticks. Tumbleweed seems kinda young to take the Alpha role and more so for the rest of the herd to let him. Altho I suppose at some point age is irrelevant, and there are other things that factor in. I've noticed with our herd it seems to change depending on circumstances, with most being determined by Nemo. I am worried about Cierra. Nemo is the one that gets after her the most because he has to share Brad with her. I don't think she will ramp up like Cowgirl. Her mom & dad were both super laid back in a mixed herd. I am more worried about the others and (re) integration, both when she comes back from being bred and especially with a foal by her side. Cierra is usually at the bottom of our herd. I think we will also have to keep mom & foal separate for an extended period of time, which we are not set up to do. Yet. Are you? SO cute how Tumbleweed has turned into Loverboy!

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    1. Ours also changes with situations. It seems like they’re grooming him for the role, but I wouldn’t say he’s the alpha yet. It’s weird. Sometimes he’s bossing them around, and sometimes they tell him no. So, I think he’s an heir apparent. I hope you don’t have our issues when you bring Cierra back. I was surprised by the change in Cowgirl. Since she’s usually at the bottom, you’re probably okay. Cowgirl is always at the top, and she enforces order with an iron hoof. Cowboy’s mom was at the bottom, and he’s always at the bottom. They came home and found him stolen from his mom by another mare. A month later she was found dead in a feeder, and I would just bet she was eating and they made a move on her. Cowboy was an orphan foal. So, division isn’t a bad idea, in my mind, and we do have separate pastures for turnout opportunities.

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  3. That is interesting how your little Loverboy is protecting you. He's sweet boy. And Cowgirl's behavior is interesting too. I've never had a pregnant mare so can't give an opinion on her. Herd dynamics are always fun to watch, better than tv.

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    1. They are fun. Established herds hum along. It has been to see a baby grow into the herd. We had a huge windstorm a few weeks ago, where the hay hut blew away (that had to have scared them). I looked out my window at the crack of dawn, and the herd had made a protective circle around Mr Loverboy to protect him from the wind. So he is alternately spoiled, disciplined, flirted with, and apparently pushed to the front to fight pregnant mares. Cowgirl and Tweed usually get along, so maybe it was the mares trying to deescalate the situation with the boy as buffer.

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  4. He’s growing up so fast. I think thst horse fall into different roles depending on the situation.

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