For the first time, since I was a child, I have all mares. This is an interesting change. For years I was kind of away from them. Then I got Penny about 4 years ago, and she was only mare for some time, aside from a mare boarder here and there. Having Penny, Valley, and Indy worked out well because Indy felt he was herd stallion, Penny the Boss Mare, and Valley, well I think she just thought she was their baby.
Some things I have noticed so far, in having only mares. The barn is quieter overall. The girls all love their routine, and are quiet in their stalls. Indy would kick for grain, or if Penny left the barn so there is a definitely miss to his noisiness. They are also less concerned with where each other are now, compared to when Indy was here. He was very attached to his girls, so I think that in turn made them more worried about each other. Before when I take them to the wash stall while the others were in, they would all call a bit. Sometimes circle or get excited in their stalls. Now, the girls don't even pay attention when one of them leaves.
Their stalls are cleaner. All my girls seem to keep their stalls relatively clean. They all stay to one area making it easy to do their stalls. Penny seems to weave much less than she has previously. She is also in a new stall so maybe that has helped with her weaving too. I have not seen her weave very much at all since her move, not that she was a bad weaver to begin, but I haven't seen her weave in at least a week or two.
They eat less hay outside. Well maybe not Valley. LOL. Whereas I find geldings like to park at the round bale, the mares seem to enjoy eating, with breaks of touring around the field more often than before. I also noticed there is less bossing around without a man around. Penny is still the boss mare but overall the three girls tend to get along just fine and I don't see a whole lot of anyone pushing anyone else through their day.
Maybe it is just the change in weather, but they seem more energetic together too. They all go cantering out to their field every morning and come cantering in every night. Before, there was a serious lack of enthusiasm at these times, except for maybe if dinner was late.
As far as how things are with all the mares, they seem to have accepted each other nicely. They are all bored from their vacations already. Well maybe not Emmy, who is just learning what it means to be a horse. Penny has never looked better fat wise, Valley is perhaps a little too fat. Emmy is starting to gain weight already which makes me really happy.
|still has her starting dressage neck (dont laugh lol)|
|Booty still there too|
|Looking better this week|
The vacation will continue for Penny and Valley for a bit longer, then I am hoping to get them back into work for the rest of the winter. I have so much I want to work on with them, I don't think I have ever felt quite so motivated to ride this time of year. While everyone is complaining about the cold, I am dying to get out there and do some real work this winter.
So we are officially a Marepolitan here at Pretty Little Farm. Anyone else in the same boat?