Today we executed Part 1 of my Cunning Plan to wean Lilja.
After feeding Brá and Lilja their buckets of hardfeed, plus one for Hetja in the hope it would mellow her slightly, we put headcollars on the ladies and led them over to the Minion field.
Theory: If the Icelandics are not on their home turf, they might be slightly nicer to the Minions on their’s.
We were quickly seen and the little ones came rushing over to say hello to the newcomers.
And then the big ones ran away.
And were swiftly followed by the Welcome Committee.
A small battle instigated by Hetja. I am sure she said “none shall speak to my daughter”.
Brá was less confrontational.
Again, Hetja gathered her troops and left.
Vitamin decided to go over as she had always been a keen fan of these two pregnant mares but in a next-door-neighbour-over-the-fence sort of way.
Hetja was having none of it.
The support group turned up for Vitamin
And then they all ran away together.
Another battle started.
And everyone scattered while Lilja bunny-hopped hopefully.
Not to be deterred, little Fivla left the Minion herd and went over by herself to say hello.
The others were right behind her, just rather far away, probably hiding.
The Icelandics were rolling, which is a good sign – they were relaxing and wanted to acquire the herd/field smell.
A bit of chasing, but nothing too aggressive now.
And we left them either eating or watching.
I went back a few hours later just to check everyone was ok, and saw that Brá was now more with the Minion herd while Hetja and Lilja were standing on their own. Hopefully, they will sort themselves out in the next few days and then we will let them into the green grass field for a few weeks. After that, when Lilja is fully integrated with the Minion herd, we will take Brá and Hetja out when she is not looking.
Well that is the plan anyway.