I admit this is not the best video. I went into my local Apple store and asked if I could zoom with the iPhone and they told me that the software to do that should be coming out in the fall. So I apologize for the long range vision.
What I want you to notice here can still be seen though. Every horse is born with their own distinct thoughts and personality. I do not know why Popcorn has chosen the roll of protector. He is however very interested in keeping everyone at peace, even if that means he must work very hard to achieve it.
Popcorn knows Vaquero. He knows that Vaquero (the bay) was a stallion until this spring. He knows that Vaquero was aggressive and he (Popcorn) is not yet convinced that he will be nice to other horses. So Popcorn keeps the peace by keeping these two separate.
Have you taken the time to study your horses in the pasture together? What behavior do you notice in the pasture and how does that transfer to when you are riding them? Watch for tomorrows video of Popcorn and more explanation.
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The one thing I notice watching our horses is that Stormy, the farm tank, is top dog and wont take crap from anyone. And that our pony Sprinkles whom we recently moved in with the boys and Riva no longer thinks she is queen bee 🙂 she was quite the snot out with the llamas, but being out with other horses really changed her attitude and she is once again fun to bring out! (:
Love this video, fun to watch horses be horses.
What made you decide to geld Vaquero? Lena had hopes:)
We thought a lot about it before doing it. The biggest part was that he wasn’t happy. He couldn’t be turn out with the other horses very easily and turn out alone just isn’t the same. I travel to lots of clinics and expos and it was just an added thing to have to pay attention to stalls with thin walls next to mares in heat, etc. He was very well behaved but once we had several nice foals on the ground we decided we had a way to carry on with him gelded. And I can say he is very happy having fun with his friends!