Wednesday, November 10, 2010

End of Eden

Panama has had a long, lovely summer where he was completely accepted by his two pasturemates, both mares.  The older mare, Savvy, has established herself as more of an alpha (rather than one of Panama's girlfriends), but he and Daisy are quite close.

Unfortunately, all that is ending.  Daisy is leaving at the end of this month.  Her owners have horse property in the mountains, but they have been stabling her in town so that her 13-year-old rider can take lessons and have access to an indoor arena.  Because of the economy, they have decided to move Daisy home and take lessons from a neighbor who has an indoor arena.

Panama has loved and lost before, but he has gotten more attached to Daisy than any previous girlfriend, I think.  I don't know how he is going to react to losing his love, but I am going to try to be mindful of the impact this may have on him.  I'm not sure whether working him while he is adjusting will be a good thing (get his mind on something else) or a bad thing (trying to make him work when he is upset).  I guess I will have to play it by ear, and base my decisions on his mood at the time.



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