They had been getting along really well, even when I had them in the small paddock together. But a few days ago when they were in the play field, just the two of them, (always close-by each other) they got into a heated argument and Spencer won.
I was sitting here at my computer and I heard Spencer bellow... kind of like a pissed-off bull-elephant.
I blasted out of my chair to the back door to see them both across the field looking like two over-grown teen-age boys who'd just done something bad.
Then Forrest took a few lame steps. Spencer had kicked him in the flank and the stifle (not a good place to get kicked...by a pissed-off bull-elephant.
So Spencer went into time-out in the paddock and Forrest went back to the field across the street with his girls. He has 3 mares in with him now. Classy, Cricket, and Pearl.
(I hate to keep horses in solitary confinement.)
That goofy horse! He's been alone in his pasture since then, but he can see Forrest from across the street.
I realize, Spencer was simply asserting himself, but I don't know why there was a sudden need to do that after a week together. And Forrest seemed to be the one taking charge in a non-combative fashion.
We are leaving for Pagosa Spring, Colorado, for the Annual Parelli Savvy Conference tomorrow. A good friend will be staying here while we're gone. So he will be keeping a close eye on things.
When we return from our trip, I'm going to begin playing with Spencer in a way that he's never experienced and I hope to start getting through to him. He's healed up from his surgery and seems to mellowing (a little bit) so we'll see how it goes. Life for him is going to change.
Rich and I seem to be the only ones who can enter his pasture and he'll behave himself. But even if someone he doesn't know is near his gate, he gets a bit stinkery. I can see how easy it would be to turn a horse with his history into a one-person horse after what he's been through with other humans. Including being ignored for a couple years. With only an occasional new weirdo-human entering his field to chase him around for hours (and in one case - days).
Pat and Rich Wagner own and operate the Rainier Equine Hoof Recovery Center. A non-profit (501c3) rescue facility where horses with hoof problems come for rehabilitation. We also provide clinics to teach horse owners to "naturally" trim their own horses hooves.