George & Rootbeer are in a pen (too much grass for those little guys is no bueno) but the big horses are all turned out together (my 6 and KD's 2)
Well the horses were all putting on a show the other day when Pie & I were out doing chores. We had to just stop and watch them... it was hard not to, it's quite a sight to see that colourful herd in motion!
(black, bay, varnish roan, grullo, sorrel with a ton of chrome, a white grey, a steel grey and a palomino, it's so pretty to watch them all together)
They were all ripping around and then breaking off into little groups to play. Snaking heads, rearing, dancing and prancing in little circles, bucking and then the whole herd would tear off again only to start the cycle again.
While it was entertaining it was also nice to see how much Wilder is changing (KD's steel grey). When she brought her horses here KD & I both basically described him as socially stunted... it was like he didn't know how to speak horse. That was something that caused problems for him in the past. He would get picked on or bullied because he couldn't read what other horses were telling him. Tizzy (KD's palomino) thankfully understood he was her "little brother" and watched out for him & tolerated him.
Being turned out with my herd in a fairly big pasture has been good for Wilder though. He's made at least one friend (Applejack, KD& I both called that one on the first day! lol) He's gradually learning how to get along with everyone else (even Voodoo! :o ) and he's no longer constantly glued to Tizzy's side :)
During playtime the other day Wilder's progress really showed. He didn't just run with the herd, he took turns playing too. Instead of sticking with just Tizzy and Appy (like I was guessing he would) he alternated partners like everyone else - yay Wilder!
There were a few times where he seemed a bit confused but he would just move a few steps away and you could almost see the wheels turning while he figured out what was going on and then he would join back in. So while I wouldn't exactly say he's fluent yet, it's sure good to see Wilder learning how to speak horse :D