I'm right across from an open field where the new 5-horse herd of horses hangs out a lot. They graze through the campgrounds nearby, and are fun to watch. One of the camp hosts told me a local woman saw someone drive into the park with a horse trailer and dump the horses, and they have been here ever since. They are beautiful. They stay together in a group, sometimes the stallion (with the spotted rear) or one of the others wanders away, but they always come together and move on to another area.
The other day they split up, the stallion was at one end of the field, the little filly laid down in the middle, and the three mares were at the other end of the field, then walked across the road to one of the campgrounds. The Stallion made a loud Neighhhhhh, then went racing across the field, a beautiful sight for sure, toward the filly. She quickly got up and started running toward the mares with the stallion chasing her. When they got to the mares, they just stopped running and started grazing. It was pretty exciting to see. I don't know what was going on, but I sure wouldn't want him chasing me!
They are such beautiful horses and seem to have enough food and water here; I just hope they continue to do well.
The camp host said the stallion really protects the others, and as I've watched them, it's obvious he's the boss.
Every so often they lay down and roll on the dirt. When they get up, they are covered with dust. Yesterday the stallion rolled around, then each of the mares laid down and rolled around and over and back and then got up, all covered with dust.
The filly doesn't roll in the dirt, she just lays down and rests.
The filly was nursing the other day, and after a while the stallion came up to her and grabbed her tail in his mouth, and pulled her away. He's pretty firm with her.
Then the filly nuzzled the stallion. She is so cute.
Later she stood for a while rubbing her back on this low limb.
We've had some nice weather, but now it looks like we're in for more thunder and lightening storms. It also rained a little today and it's raining right now. There were alerts tonight that came across the TV screen - hail as large as quarters were expected, but we didn't have any hail here, thank goodness.
Nothing much going on except taking it easy, enjoying the horses and the great weather, and listening to books on tape. What a life!
From Me and Katie, have a great Monday night, everyone! :)