These photos tell the story of “bath time for Midnight”, the 20-year old gelding living where I’m staying. A couple of days ago Midnight’s owners put Midnight with their recently acquired three-year old gelding Cochise to get them used to pasturing together. Both horses freaked out, with Midnight chasing Cochise to the point of jumping the enclosure and injuring his leg.
Both horses were upset, and Cochise especially appeared traumatized. Of course, Midnight is the ‘senior’ horse, so did not like the idea of sharing with this newcomer. To help ease these horses’ temperaments, the next day Midnight was given special attention. Just like in the human family, the ladies gave this male special attention – a bath, with shampoo and conditioner, and brushing and combing. And a treat of cut-up apples.
Yesterday Cochise and Midnight managed to stay within the bounds of their pasture together – at opposite ends, but at least no aggressive behaviors and chasing.
That’s Dakota, an eight-month old female pup getting into the act…like I said all the females!!! And while I was the photographer, I took my turn brushing Midnight and feeding him the apples. I’ve loved horses, but have never been around them much. This is a wonderful experience for me!