The original plan was the give it about 3 days of passing each other in the barn at feeding time before throwing Eeyore out with the Dynamic Duo. However, one look at the forecast calling for t-storms every day until Sunday and I decided that wasn’t going to work. I don’t want to introduce them in a storm and have poor Eeyore begging to be let under the trees.
Monday morning I put them in separate pastures while I mowed then pulled Eeyore off the grass for the heat of the afternoon. Around 330 he was due to go back out until evening and it seemed like as good a time as any.
Gem and Pete were in their afternoon shade spot in the back corner under the big maple trees when I brought Eeyore in. He stood right by me and looked around at his new pasture. Then he wandered off a ways oblivious to the other two.
The other two were not oblivious to him though and soon called out and started coming down the hill. Eeyore…well he was a bit mystified. He kept looking over the fence back to his old pasture thinking maybe that’s where they were and not realizing he was in the same pasture as them. He didn’t figure it out until they were on top of him.
They all said hello, he trotted around expecting a fight (he is also low man in a herd which now makes for a herd of three wimps) which never came so he settled in to graze. My two make introductions super easy.
I went back to bush hogging the pasture before the week of rain hits and watched them out of the corner of my eye to make sure nothing happened.
Nothing did. Well, except one incident.
Eeyore found the water tub in the pasture and wandered over. It was hot, another day hovering around 90F, and with the impending storms the humidity decided to come for a visit too. When he got to the water tub he was hot and sweaty and like the bigger than life boy he is proving to be, he decided it looked like a good place to play. He promptly shoved his entire head under water and began splashing it back and forth having the time of his life.
Well, the no fun police didn’t approve and Gem stomped her way over to tell him a thing or two about being a respectable horse. She stood by him and squealed. He ignored her. She then, I swear to whatever deity you prefer, stomped her front foot at him! It was a total Mom move. Dusty and I just about died laughing.
Eeyore completely ignored her attempts to ruin his fun and just kept on splashing and splashing until he was finished and then he walked away to joint Pete grazing. I wish I had it on camera or video. It was hilarious to not only watch Eeyore play but to have no fun Gem get so angry about it. She doesn’t know what she is in for having a young whipper snapper around.
Eeyore will spend his days out with them and nights back in the barn for a few more days until I’m comfortable having him on grass 24/7. We have been slowly introducing the ration balancer to his diet as well. He may need to be put on the Calm and EZ line of Tribute when in work if he doesn’t keep weight with just the balancer but we will see. He was on a high fat diet before so he may need the extra boost that a true grain gives versus just the balancer.
So far all is good though and everyone is settling in just fine!