(Firstly, sorry for the appalling quality of photos but the light was quickly going – tis winter in Shetland and good daylight is a luxury)
Albie (yes, you!) is horribly jealous of Little Newbie.
He wants me to make my special Mum-Mum pony noise only for him and no one else.
This is the face of jealousy. It is not pretty. In fact it is destructive.
Little Newbie (Little N) wants desperately to talk to me.
I crouch down and he comes up.
He loves being scratched and tickled.
He instantly melts and goes all soppy.
And then Albie ruins it and says no one can talk to me but him.
And still Little N comes back to talk.
However, some ponies are very keen to meet him.
So, I made the decision and opened the gate.
It was interesting to watch.
Albie instantly took up with Fivla. He suddenly stopped caring about Tor being his mother.
Tor went to Little N’s rescue.
She tried so hard to keep Tiddles and Storm away – she obviously considered them Not A Good Thing!
Then when they stopped being irritating, Haakon waded in to investigate.
He was intrigued by this new hairy dot in his herd.
Meanwhile Albie was eating with the big boys now. I had forgotten just how settled he is with everyone.
Tiddles was kind.
He made an effort.
As did Storm.
And then Storm took Little N to one side.
I hope everything will be alright now.
Storm (and Tiddles) will be good mentors. Little N is very related to Storm so perhaps he recognsied “Family” – said with your best Eye-Talien New Jersey accent please. Yes, I watch The Housewives of New Jersey – don’t judge me!