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When JEALOUSY takes your hair away…






So there was a jealousy fight here.

The Pony King Rocky Balboa has decided that HE and only HE can be friends with Dalton.  So, he took out his jealous rage on Norma Jean.

This was not good.  I had hoped that The Pony King would befriend both Dalton and Norma Jean.  And, truthfully, it looked like it was headed in that direction.  Dalton absolutely loves Norma Jean (and she can eat with him) but he also let Rocky hang out with him – all day – in the big field.

Norma Jean and The Pony King were together often.  I noted that she liked him maybe more than he liked her… but they still stood together a lot.

But, something happened… words were had and Norma Jean got the brunt end of the deal.

So, I moved her back in with The Bully Mare (Gwen) for a while.

We will try it again, but I will not have both Rocky and Norma in with Dalton.  I will switch it up and also put NJ and Rocky in together without Dalton.  I want NJ to have her new friends, too…

The most surprising news is that when I separated Norma Jean from the crowd, little Princess Buttercup Pebbles went crazy and threw a hissy fit!  She ran bucking and braying into the 5 acre field and back up again, over and over.

I had no idea that she loved Norma Jean.

So maybe for a while, I’ll put them back in with Gwen and NJ.  Smooth the waters.

As the Pasture Turns…

Poor Norma Jean… I groomed her all over and she has a few of these patches underneath her coat. She has been treated and seems to be fine.


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That look. “Why them and not me?…”






Have you ever given a cookie to a horse in one pasture… and then looked at the face of the horse in another pasture?

‘Why them and not me?’

Have you ever let out one horse to graze and not the others?

‘Why them and not me?’

For example…

I let Finn, Wrigley and BG (arrow pointing to her legs) out to graze on the new grass. They are in front of Missy Miss and Mo, who are in their pasture.

You don’t know Missy Miss, but this is definite STINK EYE from her. “Why them and not us?” It doesn’t matter that their gate is open to the 5 acres of grass below. What matters is that they are not allowed OUT RIGHT NOW like these other horses. Hence, stinkeye.

You also don’t know Dalton, but believe me, this is the “How could you?!” look. It is also, the “I don’t love you anymore and go away” sideways ears look. The Pony King is too new and too polite to show any upset…

FIRST IS BETTER THAN ‘THE MOST’.

I once read a study that with most animals, it doesn’t matter the AMOUNT you feed them, what matters is WHO IS FED FIRST.

Try it sometime…

I can feed a handful of hay to Finn, and as long as he’s first, he will ignore that I gave Wrigley an entire flake.  Of course, as soon as Finn is done with his handful of hay, he will push Wrigley away from his flake and steal it for himself.

The same scenario goes with Dalton.  He is King of his pasture.  He MUST be fed first – even if I just give him a bite.  He doesn’t care if everyone else gets full flakes, as long as he is first.

What they hold dear is seniority and hierarchy, not value.

I find that so interesting…

WITH HUMANS…

With humans, we value the ‘most’ one can get, not being first necessarily – unless it is a race or Olympics or something.

Whereas I don’t think it is ‘instant gratification’ that motivates horses, because they won’t do what they don’t want to do – for a cookie.  But, they will push their friend out of the way for a cookie if they deem themselves senior.

Humans wouldn’t do that – in public, anyway.

So I guess all I’m saying is that in horses, respecting the hierarchy, keeps the peace.  And what is good for one better be given to the others… to relieve the viewer of stinkeye.

 


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