Today Silver was desperate to meet the newbie. He stood by the gate, waited and whinnied. So I thought “why not”.
I expected a bit of chasing and hierarchy establishment.
But this was totally unacceptable and my heart bled when I saw what was going on. We had words and a few reminders. I brought Loki out who is Silver’s worst enemy and he slunk off in a disintegrating heap. I thought it would do Stardust good to see that Silver had an Achilles heel.
I fed everyone and Stardust wandered about saying he couldn’t find his food. I had put out five bowls between four of them and still he was lost.
After a while, I led him to the shed so he could eat his food unhassled or bullied. He had a good pile and I hope it made him stronger.
I introduced him to carrots, kisses, hugs and talking. He liked all of that and was following me about by the end, rather than walking away.
As a friend said this afternoon “He needs to feel worthy” and it is very obvious that he doesn’t.
I hope this is his “hatching a cunning plan” face.
The others were a bit boisterous so I ran them round for a while to get it out of their systems and to stop them from involving Stardust. After that, they ignored Stardust and he had a quiet afternoon with them all.
But it is still Storm he follows and loves.
Anyway, tonight, I went to check on them in their little paddock and shed. Stardust seemed to be the main shed occupant and he was not budging for anyone. Good for Stardust. I am going to measure him tomorrow and buy him a rug.