Noble is definitely taking advantage of Joe's absence to make his dominance known - I saw them playing the "circle game" around one of the round bales this morning - Noble moved Fritz who moved Fred who moved Scout, who's the baby and is always at the bottom. And then when Scout got too close, Noble warned him off - poor Scout! Noble will actually charge at the others with his ears pinned, and is back to insisting that he come in first in the evening. Not too bad for an old gelding who will be 29 in May!
Friday, March 6, 2009
Mr. "I'm In Charge Here"
Noble seems to have recaptured his alpha spot in the gelding herd. Noble was briefly the alpha before Joe came, and then was bumped to #2. Everything got shaken up by the arrival of Fred and Fritz - for a while things were sort of circular - Joe would move Fritz and Noble but Noble would also move Fritz. Joe seems to have tired of all this - although he's a few years younger than Noble, he's pretty stiff and seems older, and now he's inclined to stay out of the tussle. He even seemed a little depressed, and, to add insult to injury, he seems to have pulled a muscle in his shoulder while playing with Scout yesterday and is stuck in a small paddock until he feels better.