This morning, I went out to look for Albie and Newt to give them a special hug and some carrots that I just happened to have about my person.
I was met by this pair of reprobates waiting at the gait from our garden to the field – Efstur and Hjalti
Of course I had to share the contents of my pocketses.
Albie and Newt were not far away.
Albie is still a bit fretful and hysterical (read, highly strung) and he would not let me walk further away to take a better photo. I had a small needy equine attachment.
I think he really suffered over at Leradale. I have no idea why Vitamin bullied them unmercifully. It was completely unacceptable. We are trying to work out if she had met them before last year or in the summer. I am not sure.
Anyway, there is no fighting, arguing or bullying now.
Albie is not scared and nervous around the big horses and that is the most important thing. He has a tenuous grasp on life and reality at the best of times so “normal” is what he needs.
This set-up is not quite what I intended this winter but we will manage. I saw the horses and ponies all together – all 9 of them in one big herd on the other side of the burn (stream), eating happily together. No stress, no teeth, no aggro – just heads down eating the last of the Shetland grass.