Today is the last day of July so I had to move Dalton from my neighbor’s place as she is actually full up with boarders and Dalton was taking her mare’s paddock (Thank you, CC!).
To refresh, I have been consumed with my new job and didn’t even think to trailer-train Dalton. So, when I pulled up at 9:30am to get him, he wasn’t having any of it.
After an hour, he had put in 3 feet and I was running out of time as it was getting HOT. Besides, I didn’t want to force his first trailer episode in my trailer… I had to make a decision before it became too hot – I called a friend to see if she could help me walk Dalton home. She was having her nails done but her husband, Dan, was home.
Aha! Perfect. Dan was a police officer and has that ‘cool as a cucumber’ demeanor. I called Dan and he came right over! I pulled my trailer back home; Dan and I drove to Dalton’s boarding place in his truck… we put on Dalton’s halter, we walked through the vineyards as if we did it every day – while chatting about life, crossed the street, walked up our hill and put him away!
Dalton was a joy! He walked only as fast as we walked and I swear he was listening to our conversation. I’m sure he felt it. All three of us were just walking along. No issues, and we missed the heat.
I let him out in Gwen’s paddock, alone. (I put Gwen in with Wrigley, Finn and BG.) This way, I could watch him easily via the kitchen window.
Immediately Annie, Mo and Missy Miss came over. Of course, Annie ran the show… Dalton was confused by Mo, but most horses are when they meet a donkey for the first time. Although, Dalton wasn’t too disturbed so I figure he had seen a donkey previously.
Then, little Dodger and Norma trotted to the fence. Dalton met both of them. Poor old Dodger tried to put up a stallionlike display, but he is just too old for that sort of stuff now. Dalton was kind to them both. No rearing or displays of vigor.
Pretty much Dalton settled on Annie. She’s big. She can fight off intruders. She’s the Boss.
He’s smart to want to be in her shadow.
As the day progressed, Dalton was a bit worried because Annie, Mo and Missy Miss went about their day in the large paddock – leaving Dalton. So, I went out there and sat with him and read my book. That was good… until the wind came up.
I decided to call back the trio and lock them into their upper paddock for the evening. This way, Dalton would have big horse company (Norma and Dodger are right next door, but apparently, not good enough…) for his first night.
At dinner, the wind had calmed and Dalton was calm… In fact, he was very interested in the cats instead of the horses. The cats, being good cats, kept him company.