Father and Son Meeting

Taktur has done his “time” with Hetja and Brá, our Icelandic mares, so today he went back with his friends.

He was one happy stallion.

Since he left, there has been one new addition to his herd – his son, Dreki.

Taktur had never met him.

Everyone (young) wanted to be involved in the introductions.

The oldies steered well clear and concentrated on the more important things – eating.

They were in a new field so no territory.

Taktur went around everyone looking magnficent.

As usual, the little ones stuck together.

It was interesting to watch Taktur with Dreki.

It looked like they were getting on fairly well.

Just the normal stallion behaviour.  In Taktur’s absence, we had gelded both Dreki and Efstur so the herd dynamic has changed.

Thinking everything was going to be ok, we left the boys to it.

We were indoors, when we heard a rumble of hooves.  So we went outside to see what was going on.

*** sigh *** Taktur was chasing Dreki.  Just him. Not good.

He chased Dreki away from the herd and I bellowed at them both to “STOP THIS NOW!”

Interestingly, Hjalti was furious that Taktur is back and waded in giving his Dad both barrels.  He wanted to keep Dreki away from the stallion. He behaved like a mare.

I am not sure what was going on.  We have kept a close eye on everyone listening out for any arguments.  Similar behaviour happened to Lilja with Waffle, so I wonder whether the yearlings don’t know their roles or how to behave in a herd because we kept them longer with their Mums.

Anyway, this is a few hours later and things have settled down.

5 thoughts on “Father and Son Meeting

  1. Sam

    Must be hard vying for “Most Handsome Dude of the Herd” between father and son. What is the usual length of time for mare and foal?

  2. Celeste Nossiter

    I hope they continue to settle down. Such beautiful photos!! The light is fabulous. Taktur is my absolute favorite of your whole family and I have my fingers crossed that I will be able to meet him when I’m there in a couple of weeks.

  3. Terri

    I always enjoy reading about these introductions and herd dynamics. I guess there aways has to be a little drama. Do you think The Handsome Prince knows his offspring? (through scent perhaps?)

  4. diane in northern wis

    Oh my gosh, always so many battles going on. I’m glad you stay on top of things Frances, but it must be hard! Love the pictures!


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