We all had a great second night together! As promised, I took Harley out for a ride around the property (13 acres of wooded trails, so not huge, but enough to get them out of sight of each other). He was fine. He thought we were going to his old barn for a bit, stopped on me once when I wanted him to turn into a new trail, but I pushed him on and after a couple of refusals, he ended up giving in and cooperating. After that, we put him in the paddock and brought Kodak in for a grooming session. She was fine, although a little head shy. She has a big welt on her face so I have to wonder if it had something to do with it. I don't think it would have come from the people who sold her to me - it looks a few weeks old and they've only had her a month. Who knows. That's the hard part about buying a horse whose history you know little about. You can touch her on the face, but she really shies away from sudden movements. However, if you go slow, she's ok. I just scratched her on the neck, then the cheek and she enjoyed it (the flies are bad around here right now so she was itchy). She ended up putting her head down into me so I could get her behind the ears. She will be fine as soon as she realizes we'll never hit her.
Then, we put her in her stall and opened the dutch door to the outside, making sure Harley was not right in front of it. She sauntered out, looked at Harley and walked through the open gate that goes from the paddock to the pasture. He followed right along quietly like they had always known each other. It was a total non-event. They spent a couple of hours grazing, occasionally sniffing noses, but mostly parallel to each other. At dusk, I went out and called Harley in for supper. He ran right into his stall and I shut him in. Kodak wanted to follow him but I didn't let her. She figured out pretty quick that she was supposed to go in her stall so she did, and I gave her some grain too. Both of them are shut in for the night now. It could not have gone better.
I do agree with all the posters though - these two will get very bonded and it will be important to do things away from each other.
But they are awfully cute :)