Saturday, November 26, 2011

Panama and Rondo have their first playdate

Michael and I went out to the barn around late afternoon to turn the horses out together for their very first time.  I've had Rondo for a week and a half now, but I had wanted to wait until his feet had been trimmed before I let them out together, since they were overdue and had been done at the wrong angle.  The farrier was out on Wednesday, but afterward my friend A. and I wanted to ride together, since she was going to be moving over the weekend.  Thursday was the same way, so Rondo got only some grooming both days (though he certainly didn't lack for attention).

Today demonstrated to me how important it will be to get Michael comfortable with haltering and leading Panama.  I won't ask him to handle Rondo much just yet — although he's mostly rather well behaved, considering, he still remembers he is a baby periodically, and his size can be intimidating at those times — but it would be good for him to be able to manage Panama when I need help haltering and leading.

Anyway, I caught Rondo first — he put his nose right into the halter for me today, no "keep away" at all.  By the time I finished picking his feet, the outdoor arena had emptied out, so I turned him out.  He spazzed out a bit when I walked away, and ran in circles, whinnying.  Poor boy.

While Rondo was fretting over where I'd gone, I haltered Panama and picked his feet out.  We had a little dance at the gate while Rondo learned that he was to move off while I unhaltered Panama, and then they were loose together for the very first time!

My geldings turned out together for the first time

In some of these pictures, you can really see the size difference.  Rondo looks huge when he's standing next to Panama.  And to think, he's not finished growing yet!  My horses are going to be Extra Small and Extra Large.

My horses getting to know one another

Rondo seems to really want to play, and made several overtures...

Rondo buzzing Panama while he rolls

But Panama is being surprisingly cool toward Rondo, considering he is usually so playful toward other horses.

Panama thinks about the situation, and decides he doesn't like it much

With a little encouragement, though, they did run together a bit.

My 6-year-old horse has acquired a shadow

Rondo definitely knows I am his mom.  Whenever I wasn't making them run, either he or Panama was walking up to me.  A few times, Rondo started walking up to me, and Panama immediately ran over as if to insert himself between us.

I got a lovely picture of Rondo's approach.  Isn't he handsome?

 My 2-year-old gelding has learned who his mommy is!

I didn't run them too long because it was getting to be feeding time, and also because I didn't want them to get sweaty just before the sun went down.  Both were very happy to get back to their corrals and their dinners, but again, it was another reminder of how much easier it will be if Michael can help a little!  Something to work on next weekend, perhaps...

Seeing the boys together was a lot of fun for me, and I hope it was for you too!  I'll have to start taking my camera out to the barn more often, and see if I can get some more pictures.



At November 27, 2011 at 6:38 AM, Blogger Nuzzling Muzzles said...

I was wondering how Panama would react to having to share your attention. You've put so much time into Panama over the years.

At November 27, 2011 at 2:50 PM, Blogger Katharine Swan said...

Other than being unwilling to play with Rondo -- and I don't know whether that was jealousy or not -- he's been handling it fairly well. I try to still work with him first when I can, since he was "first horse," but the times when I've gotten Rondo out first I can usually hear Panama whinnying for me. That's nothing new, though -- he's always stood at the gate and whinnied if I don't get him out fast enough (in his opinion). Also, the times he's seen me with Rondo -- such as during the farrier appointment -- he's had his head up and his ears perked the whole time, and won't take his eyes off us. You're right, he's used to being the center of my attention, and he is clearly wondering why that is no longer the case.


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