Before Drift came, Fritz was the alpha of the gelding herd, and he likes mares too, although not to quite the same degree as Drift. The moment Drift arrived, Fritz was immediately displaced as the alpha, and has been mostly spending his time with Fred. Drift usually hangs out in his pasture near the mares in their pasture, and pretty much ignores the other geldings, except that he runs them off if they come between him and the mares. He's happy out in the pasture by himself, so long as the mares are out in their pasture.
This morning I heard a number of squeal/bellows from the gelding pasture and went to look. I found Drift in the "mare corner" - it's the corner of the geldings' pasture that is closest to the mares when they come up to their front pasture - but there was Fritz, too. Drift and Fritz were standing very close together - mere inches apart, nose to tail, and clearly benefitting from mutual tail swishing to clear off the flies. It seems that Fritz came up and proposed an accommodation, and Drift agreed. It got very hot today, with a heat index well above 90F, so I brought my three in to put them in their stalls under the fans, hosing them off with cold water first and using a sweat scraper to remove excess water. Dawn's used to this and appreciated the rinse off. Drift is gradually getting used to the spraying, but is still a bit unsure about it. Pie - it was his first time to be sprayed - was alarmed at first but quickly figured out that it didn't feel too bad. Poor guy - he really seems to suffer in the heat (he's getting electrolytes daily now) and was sweated up and breathing hard, and I had to remove a green-headed fly that he couldn't reach from his sheath.
My saddle was reflocked on schedule - I picked it up this afternoon - it looks and feels great and tomorrow we'll see how it sits on the three horses - it's supposed to be cooler tomorrow and it should be a good day to ride.