I moved Emi home last week Wednesday. It's so nice to see her out my kitchen window each day. She is getting along well with both Roz and Liam, which I expected since she's been turned out with both of them before. As always, adding a new member to the herd brings new dynamics and new challenges. One of those challenges is that I currently have 1 large paddock and no real way to separate everyone. Feeding time requires a lot of babysitting on my part. Liam gets tied and I stand with Emi until Roz finishes his grain...yes, it's a pain.
|Yes, that's Roz's back you are barely seeing above the grass, and he's standing up|
|Stylin' in her new greenguard grazing muzzle|
So far I've hauled her out three times (Saturday, Tuesday & Wednesday). If we have to haul out I'm glad it's to somewhere familiar to her. I've lunged her for under 10 minutes each day as she has been amped up coming off the trailer. She isn't very thrilled with the trip to the barn (after leaving Roz) and was especially difficult on Tuesday. Wednesday I had a bit of a new game plan which included feeding her a small amount of grain on the way to the barn. Leaving the farm seemed a little better but when we got to NDF she and another mare were calling back and forth. This continued into the arena which is unusual. This led me to think that she might be in heat....We returned home around 8:15pm and Roz was running the fence line screaming for Emi. That was a little more dramatic than what he had been doing the other two days so I thought my "in heat" idea might be true.
I left them in the pasture for a while and I got their feed set up for the evening before returning to bring them in. Once they finished with their grain Roz went over to Emi and flirted with her for a minute before mounting her in full on stallion mode. Umm....seriously? My gelding is not supposed to be doing that! So that led to a late night makeshift fencing project to be able to separate them. They are currently still separated and I'm pondering how to handle this. I'm pretty sure she was coming out of heat when I moved her home which was barely a week ago. Does anyone else have a gelding who thinks he's a stallion?