Gelding a stud colt really does mellow them out, as does releasing them with the herd. Tumbleweed is officially one mellow dude nowadays. Today was the first day he was released into the big pasture which, for all my other horses, has always been a bit exciting. Not Tweed. He entered through the gate slowly, and then he got down to business eating and following the rest of the herd around. I didn’t see one burst of energy.
It took him about a week of reprimands, but he was finally able to hook back up with Foxy. My husband was worried about him with Beautiful Girl, but I told him what she was doing was good for the boy, and to let it play out. Honestly, I thought BG was downright tame compared to how much guff she received upon her release. BG just wanted Tweed to listen to the whole herd and not be a complete mama’s boy. It worked fabulously, and he’s a safer horse for her lessons. I owe her as much thanks as I do Foxy. Once he got the lesson, they let them back together. “Reunited, and it feels so good.”
Now, he is looked after by the whole herd. He’s quite their baby.
When I come out to get him, he’s always so happy to see me. I think he feels a bit smothered by them all, especially those BOSSY mares! He’s usually tucked away between them, but moves away from them whenever he sees me coming. Like, PLEASE save me! (Giving him his supplements is also a bonus.)
In other news, now that we’re semi-retired, my husband and I have started eating dinner earlier, when we’re most hungry. It has made a huge difference in our quality of sleep. We eat dinner around 4 pm now. It’s not always easy, because the rest of the world eats after work, but we plan to continue it as much we can.
The puppy, Piper, is doing great. It’s so easy to raise a puppy when you have a fenced in acreage. She still cosleeps with us, too, which helps. But as easy at it is, our schedule changed pretty drastically. Piper needs a lot of love and attention at her delicate age. I will say, it’s fun to give it to her! We’ve had her for 11 days now, and if you count the time going to get her—2 weeks. In that time, I’ve had zero horseback rides. But she is growing closer to the other dogs, and I do plan to get a short one in this Thursday. She’ll be all grown up soon enough. In the meantime, I can’t tell you the amount of joy she has infused into our lives. She’s such a sweet soul.
Life is good.