Thursday, December 15, 2011

Panama and Rondo play, and I get some good pictures!

Yesterday I finally had an opportunity to turn Panama and Rondo out together again for a playdate. This time Panama warmed up to him a bit, and condescended to play with his big little brother.

At first they just kind of hung out together, with Rondo making the occasional playful overture, and Panama generally squealing (he squeals like a mare!) and turning away.  Rondo followed along, patiently waiting for Panama to stop acting coy.

My horses walking together in turnout

My horses together in turnout

After a little while, Panama started looking like this:

My Arab cross with his tail flagged

And Rondo started doing a little more of this:

My new horse getting ready to buck... Action shot!

I also got a short (about 1 minute) video of them running together.  I think Panama is getting over his initial grudge against "Mom's new horse," don't you?

Afterward I led them both to the cross ties (one at a time) and brushed the mud and arena sand out of their coats before putting them away.  Both stood patiently in the cross ties — Rondo is getting quite good about it!  I ran out of time to ride Panama, but it was worth it to see my boys play together!



At December 16, 2011 at 7:24 PM, Blogger Nuzzling Muzzles said...

I was playing the video and my Corgi was tilting her head to the side every time you clucked and kissed. They look like they are having fun together. Is that boarding facility at the base of the Rockies? What a great view.

At December 22, 2011 at 4:55 PM, Blogger Katharine Swan said...

NM, how funny -- that's the kind of thing our dog Grace does when I watch videos. :o)

The whole western edge of Metro Denver is at the foot of the mountains. My barn is to the southwest, at the far edge of the suburbs. It's surrounded on all sides by an open space park, with a couple of lakes lying directly to the west, between the barn and one of the major state highways that runs along the foot of the mountains there. My parents live just about ten minutes to the south, not quite so close to the mountains but almost. I love boarding there -- I grew up with that view, and since I live closer to central Denver now, I no longer have the mountains in my face every time I go outside.


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