Beautiful Zip arriving at Sassafras Farm:
As soon as she made a whinny, Patriot knew who was here. He was all the way across the barn yard. He came running. I can’t possibly describe how frantic he was to get to her. I was afraid he’d break the fence down before we could get her in there!
He ran along following as she was moved into the front barn yard, but he was in the back.
He finally remembered he needed to come around the barn to get back into the front barn yard.
In case you missed this in the previous post yesterday on the Daily Farm page, Patriot and Zip were found together, with two other horses, starving and wandering loose in September, 2011. They are bonded, and you never saw two happier horses than when they found themselves together again. I know that I have a tendency to over-anthropomorphize animals, but these two horses truly wanted to be together. Due to housing availability, they had been through their recoveries after rescue at separate farms. They had been brought together the day I took Morgan initially to see the rescue horses, and Morgan and I were both touched by their story and how happy they were to be with each other again. We decided to adopt Patriot, but it wasn’t long before both of us admitted to each other that we wanted Zip, too, so that she and Patriot could be together. I brought it up to Morgan one day, and she said, “I was thinking the same thing!” So here they are.
There was a lot of nuzzling and loving and happy horsey hanging out.
But there was no time to sit back and enjoy that at the moment–at least for the humans. Time to load Buttercup, the visiting heifer, and take her home.
And away we went to SarahGrace’s farm.
I was so happy to see BP!
While Buttercup was being unloaded, I flew to the arms of my beloved! Or tried to. BP, she just wasn’t as interested in flying into my arms as I was into hers. She had dried mud on her face and flies were batting around her, but I would have flung my arms around her except she walked away.
Cows, they are so heartless!
Glory Bee was already contained in a stall, to prevent her from getting up to any of her antics, and both were led quickly to the trailer.
They loaded pretty easily, just took a few minutes–best BP/Glory Bee load I’ve seen so far!
Back at Sassafras Farm, they were safely unloaded and got busy in their cows-only pasture right away.
I’m so happy to have them home, but I think they could really care less. We think/hope they are both bred. They’ve been with the bull at SarahGrace’s farm (a Limousin bull) for over two months. The bull was seen paying attention to them in the first half of their stay, but not in the second half, which indicates they’re bred. There is little doubt about Glory Bee. She’s young, primed for breeding at this age. If BP didn’t take this time, after the past year of previous effort, it’s probably retirement time for her. Retirement, by the way, on Sassafras Farm isn’t a euphemism for the butcher. Retirement for BP will be a home on Sassafras Farm as long as she lives, as the Queen Mother of the cow pasture with limited royal duties.
Back to the horses!
Morgan and I wanted to see Tinia put a bridle and bit on Patriot, because he’s been so difficult with us on that.
He resisted, but being an expert, she got it on him after several minutes of struggle.
Everybody agrees he needs some training, and I’m planning to have some professional training with him this summer. Our original plans for training and lessons fell through due to some health issues with the riding instructor, but I’ve been in touch with another trainer and hope to be set up with training and lessons soon.
Patriot and Zip, happily ever after: