3 + 1 = change.

Big change, when it comes to adding another horse into the mix.

It's a slow, painstakingly slow, process.

A week ago Friday, we added another horse.

But it wasn't just any horse. 

It was Traveler, who had been here before, years ago, for a short period of time.

robyn dolan
5/19/2011 9:37:27 AM

Oh, headaches! My mustangs now have a long, enduring relationship, but I still have one old guy that likes to play Houdini, and/or just get out and tear down fences once in awhile. He does stay on the property, though. Agree about introducing new chickens (or other poultry) at night. Always works for me.

sherry 'woodswoman'
5/19/2011 8:20:56 AM

Thanks for the comments K.C. and Nebraska Dave. Life has settled down once again. To Traveler be the victor. Yes, the 20 year-old former band stallion slowly climbed the ladder and is now the new leader of our quartet. All the horses appear content in their new roles. As for chickens, the best way is to introduce them at night. No fuss. All is fine by morning. Bottom line, it takes a little research and patience, and knowing how raw nature plays out in the animal (and human) kingdom.

k.c. compton
5/18/2011 9:16:51 AM

Thank you for sharing the story -- even though I can FEEL the pain-in-the-neck-ness of it coming right over the Internet. Still, lucky, lucky horses to have you caring about them. Here's to Traveler settling down quickly and the others setting out at least a little bit of welcome mat. --KC

nebraska dave
5/17/2011 8:53:57 PM

Sherry and Russ, I'm glad that things are settling down a little bit. I guess boys can be boys no matter what species they are. I was just reading another blog the other day and they were telling about the introduction of new chicken into their flock. It sounded pretty brutal as the pecking order was re aligned. To some degree there is discomfort when new folks are introduced into our familiar circle of friends as well but thankfully we have better ways to work it out than raw instinct. I for one am glad about that. I might be a hard worker but I'm definitely not a fighter .... well, unless someone threatens my family. Hopefully, very soon things will be back to normal. Have a great day on the Russ-Stick Ramblings farm.

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