Yesterday, the weather was really awful - hard rain and just barely above freezing. The horses got some time out in the morning but were happy to come in at noon. Even though she was wearing a warm blanket, Dawn was shivering when I got her - once she was in and I toweled off her neck and put her fleece cooler on she was fine. Pie, who was only wearing a rain sheet, wasn't really cold, which didn't surprise me, but he stayed in for the afternoon and overnight to stay warm and dry.
In the late afternoons, after the horses have been brought in from turnout, I almost always go to the barn to check on my two and often do a little grooming. I usually groom Pie after he's had his dinner before I turn him back out. Dawn usually gets groomed in the morning before turnout - it just balances out the work. I usually tie Pie in the aisle to groom him, which puts him in front of Dawn's stall. This really doesn't seem to bother her too much normally.
But yesterday, while I had him tied in the aisle, I went in Dawn's stall to readjust her cooler. She had been calm while I was grooming him, but as soon as I set foot in the stall she immediately began attacking the walls and bars with her teeth - she was launching herself with front feet off the ground and ears pinned. If I hadn't mostly closed the door, I think she would have tried to go for Pie. She wasn't after me - she was both protecting me and trying to scare him away from herself. I think she's terribly jealous of him for getting attention from me, and since he chased her down when the herds got mixed by accident, she's been very worried about him. A lot of Dawn's aggressiveness with other horses comes from fear - this is quite often the case with aggression in horses, both against other horses and people - she's a little thing and I think in prior lives has always had to defend herself and hold her ground to protect herself and get access to food. Anyway, she's made her opinion of Pie known!
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Before the farrier gets here this morning to put Dawn's missing shoe back on, I'm going to make one more sweep of the dry lot with a magnet to see what turns up. Here's hoping!
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And everyone needs a picture of a cute, fuzzy, trotting Norman pony to improve their day - thanks, Melissa!