Well here we are at day 5. Heidi has been here all day and handled her colt again and as we have the horses in their people groups, she took the oportunity to hang out with the horses in her group, she has two and Sharon has two, but as all four will be going to Heidi's initially it made sense to have all four together. Her style is vastly different to me but successful nonetheless and this afternoon I witnessed her colt looking for her, that is a huge step for her and her horses considering less than a week ago her colt had never known humans.
My second colt up until now had been in with the mares and since I knew Heidi would move blue eye's I rose early this morning and alpha'd the second colt from the mares and placed him in with my other colt, fairly simple then spent some time asking him to face up to me in with the others, seems bizarre facing up with your back to them and edging backwards in order to invite them to you....but well I guess I don't feel that the submission and wanting to be with me is real unless I do it this way, anyway I received a nudge on my arm and edged back further so as to reward him with a rub on his head and decided that was enough. I needed to move them as the yard they were in needed to be cleaned and I want them closer to there next destination, the paddock, but that will come tommorrow.
I have found it is getting harder to alpha the foals around the yards as they are becoming more and more familiar with me and have found I have had to be more asertive in my working them around, however it is not a bad thing as I see now that they are looking to me to relieve there worries with a nice scratch and gentle cooing. The foals havn't been too demanding or really very hard in a sense to become pals with but am not holding my breath as I know only too well how cocky young boys become as they get older....anyway that's a worry for another day.....more pressing is the need to have them on the paddock so they can eat better food and stretch those legs....basically they need to go away and grow, so that is my aim for tommorrow.
After that I will turn my attention to the mare that is to be mine, here comes a challenge or as some would say....the bussiness end of the deal..... I am full of fear and anticapation and excitement all jumbled up in a tangled ball, I almost can't wait but am not in a hurry. Anyway here's some more photo's.
all of the mares...the cattle having a jog on the hill seemed most interesting.
tucker time for my two colts.
Tucker time for Heidi and Sharons horses.