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#1 greygelding

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Posted 09 May 2017 - 06:28 AM

Herd Reaction

The reaction to last nights event by the herd was interesting. As I walked Raven the herd surrounded us on all sides and to the rear quietly walking with us. As they realized that we were traveling in a large circle they each took spots around the perimeter almost like they were parade observers. Knowing that this wasn't going to end well and that he was exhausted I let him lay down at times. As he was stretched out on his side I kneeled down and gently stroked his neck and the herd all came over and stood quietly by watching. The first one to approach was Mattie. He sniffed his shoulder, neck, and then his cheek. He finished by touching nose to nose. With the exception of Shar, who stood quietly off to the side, the other three approached one at a time and each gently touched him with their noses then withdrew. Mattie stood over me during this and then when the others were done he walked to Ravens front, faced him, lowered his head and stayed nose to nose, nostril to nostril, for a long time. As the vet was due any moment I fed and reluctantly the herd quietly slipped into their corrals and I secured the gates. Mattie was the last to leave him and kept watch from his corral while slowly eating his hay.
This morning there was no joyful bellowing from the herd just a small neigh from Shar and a quiet nicker from Aspen. There was no eager run into the corrals for breakfast just a slow single file procession. As I closed the gates Mattie left his grain and came to me where he stood with me for a few moments. The herd has grown close and has once again demonstrated an amazing understanding of events.

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Posted 09 May 2017 - 07:29 AM

Its really quite amazing how much they understand, and how they deal with it. I have witnessed several funeral processions, as well as support for the sick ones over the years. They KNOW, and understand.


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Posted 09 May 2017 - 07:39 AM

Horses are the most amazingly intuitive and understanding creatures.  Sounds like Mattie fully grasps that you are grieving and need his support.  What a gift these magnificent animals are to us!


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Posted 09 May 2017 - 11:20 AM

Horses are the most amazingly intuitive and understanding creatures.  Sounds like Mattie fully grasps that you are grieving and need his support.  What a gift these magnificent animals are to us!


Mattie continues to show us what a truly special boy he is. He still follows me around "helping" with the chores and projects. He and Raven turned a I hate you relationship into a respectful friendship but I must say that the tenderness and careful respect he showed last night caught me by surprise, not to mention the time he spent with me at his gate this morning.

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Posted 09 May 2017 - 11:52 AM

God, I miss my boy


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Posted 09 May 2017 - 12:03 PM

God, I miss my boy


I'm so sorry.

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Posted 09 May 2017 - 02:12 PM

Your Mattie is so much like him.


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Posted 09 May 2017 - 04:11 PM

The herd dynamics changes so much, it takes them a while to figure it all out.