The Stay-At-Home Horse
Considerations on proper horse distribution.
Scenario 1. Working Milton at home.
If we leave Rodney out, he ignores us. If we put Rodney in the stall while Milton works at home, Rodney paces and frets.
Scenario 2. Working Rodney at home.
Milton gets put in the stall. If not, he will follow us around. Literally. If I take Rodney for a walk, Milton will crowd up behind Rodney as if it were rush hour on the subway. Occasionally, he will think about letting Rodney go on alone. He only lasts about half a field before he comes galloping up screaming.
Scenario 4. Taking Milton on a trip.
Rodney has the run of the field. This made it so much easier when we took Milton away for his non-compete adventures [Here for the Experience, Notes from North Georgia]. Barn-sitter said Rodney was happy to see her, possibly a little lonely, but mostly chill.
Scenario 3. Taking Rodney on a trip.
Milton goes in the stall. He screams when we return but only once & usually not right away. The stall has not been trampled, leading us to believe that he stands quietly and eats as soon as we are over the horizon.
Can we give Milton the run of the field when we take Rodney off the grounds?
He may be okay. He fusses when Rodney works at home, but Rodney does the same thing if he is in the stall. Milton doesn’t appear to fuss once Rodney gets far enough away.
He will run around like a crazed idiot. Rodney is chill in the pasture by himself, but he also chill in the pasture by himself when Milton is working. Milton is not.
We will be doing small tests of the system. This is not a choice one wants be wrong about.
Those of you with multiple horses, what you do with the stay-at-homes? Is it different depending who leaves or stays?
Thank you for reading,