I had the most perfect afternoon today – sitting on a nice bottom-shaped rock, with a bottle of pre-mixed gin and tonic, in the Shetland sun, watching my new foal.
It was heaven.
Efstur was bouncing and running round his mother. He is learning in what order his long, long legs go in. There are many orders – some work better than others.
Brá is a wonderful mother. She looks on, runs after her little boy and is teaching him his manners. She is very tolerant and caring at the same time.
Occasionally Efstur stops to take a breather or have a little nap, and Brá stands patiently beside him ready to deter tigers.
But best of all, Brá is letting us get to know him. Efstur is learning about people. If his mother says it is ok (and she comes up and has a sniff first), then he follows happily to do the same, as well as having a bit of a rub, nose kissey (yes, I teach them early) and a chat.
So, after all the worry, that was my afternoon – relaxing with my latest “best boy”.