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.