Thursday, January 27, 2011

Running With The Mustangs

About two months ago, we added another member to the animal family.... Here she is little Sweet Pea aka Prissy, Little Woman, Pig Pen. She's a 9 year old miniature horse.

I was a little worried when she came to our farm because of the fact that I have Mustangs and they are different horses. Oh they are tame and extremely smart, but I wasn't real sure how the dynamics would play out in the pasture. We kept Kiele and Celeste in a neighboring pasture and then allowed Celeste to meet Sweet Pea and all was well. In fact Celeste didn't try to be Alpha Mare. Then we allowed Kiele who is a gelding into the pasture and he seemed like he'd taken on the role of being in charge. Then Celeste tried to be Alpha Mare and Kiele accepted Sweet Pea.

I know that's alot of horse drama. But as it stands now... there's perfect harmony in the pasture.

Here's Sweet Pea with Daughter #2 and our neighbor girl. Right after this photo... Sweet Pea decided she didn't want to give anymore rides so she bucked cute little neighbor girl off. Which was no big deal. Unless you are the one riding. Kinda. Sorta.

Here's Celeste and if you've read any of my old blogs, you'll know she's a character and extremely smart. There's nothing she can't do and she's smitten with men. In this case... blondes do have more fun.

Sweet Pea hasn't turned into a bucking bronco yet... but when she does, Daughter #1 was right there to catch her.

Peace came at last and I started to notice that all three horses didn't like being separated, which is a good thing.
Our farm last week.

So now for the running with the Mustangs. I've wondered about Sweet Pea/Prissys life. I believe we are her third owners and with that she has brought such fun to the farm. I love that she's totally accepted here and that she prefers kindness and love and she's not afraid to let you know when she's had enough. She's also the first one to greet you with a whinney when you approach the pasture and always nibbles your pocket for a treat.

So the other day I let the horses out into our larger pasture which in about 11 acres and as I watched Kiele kick up his heels and then Celeste... the happiness of being in a larger pasture and running is exciting for them. Then came Sweet Pea and as she ran to keep up with the bigger horses... I was touched that she was as happy as can be, kicking her heels up too.
And then I watched them run around our property, Kiele in lead and those little legs were justa working, but I watched her movement and it was extreme happiness. 

I then thought... did Sweet Pea ever imagine that in her life she would be running with the Mustangs... being totally excepted into a herd that is known to be Feral. 

Life is so good and full of surprises. You just have to make sure you keep your eyes open.. so you don't miss it.

Until Tomorrow, 
Java Girl

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