As Fate would have it, my county was under a Tornado Warning this morning.
Not a Watch but a Warning and there were touch downs north of me. Good Ole Hughes.net even went down for a time - just like I knew it would
We are still under a Severe storm warning. The lightening wasn't close enough to sizzle but the resulting thunder rattled stuff on the end table by the window
Anyway, the tornado warning came across the barn radio. We had already had two rounds of lightening and pouring rain but were in a lull at that point.
It was nearly noon and The Boys had been in since 7:15 the night before.
I trust my alpha to do the right thing, so I let them out.
Sure enough he kept everyone up by the barn for about 15 minutes until he did his own weather mapping, then slowly moved them into the main pasture near what I call The Bowl.
The Bowl is so wide and deep, I can't see the four of them when they get down in there. Our old farm tractor has a "lid" and when it's dead center at the bottom of the bowl, I can't see it.
The Boys have a grazing routine and near The Bowl is not the first stop of their day. The Alpha (who is my avatar by the way
will take them over to either one of the high pastures this time of year. Grass is taller, greener, and it's cooler over there; we've been near 70 and they have a lot of winter hair.
They finally went over to the marsh area to graze but it started pouring rain and lightening, so the Alpha brought everyone back to the barn.
Duke, the alpha, and one other horse are in the barn, the other two are under the overhang and that's where they have been for over two hours.
Duke won't come to the barn in a warm pouring rain but we started out at 64 degrees at 5:30 AM and we're slowly heading down to 38 degrees tonight. Meaning they are soaked thru all that hair and the rain is cold, so he brought everyone up.
I might also add Duke is now 25 with Equine Metabolic Syndrome. While he still leads the herd in the same stellar fashion he always has, he gets colder now and so does his BFF of 20 years, my 27 yr old Arab.
If the two Elders don't want to be in the rain, they have earned the right to hang out at the bar (I meant to say bar
:) all day and reminisce about the Good Ole Days
The 17 & 18 yr olds would stay out in the rain but they respectfully stay with the two elders, who are first and second-in-command.
Didn't mean to write a book. Just wanted to share some herd dynamics for the folks that aren't privileged to be able to watch it in action.
I never stop being star-struck at how "it all works", and it has helped me understand how to be their leader when I am at the barn.
Studying herd dynamics is a great learning tool. I think many (not all) folks could save a lot of money on books and DVD's if they have a herd and take the time to watch the interaction