Cassie is changing. When I got her in February, she had retreated inside herself. She lacked confidence, which made her very nervous and sometimes volatile to deal with. Over the past few weeks I noticed that she is growing. Not only is she bigger now than when I got her and more muscular, her confidence has grown too. She is coming out of her shell and she is showing more exuberance. In the morning I feed them in the field and when she sees me coming with the buckets, she gallops up, tail in the air, and slides to a halt right in front of me with a toss of the head.
She is also becoming more dominant. Last week when it was raining I kept Cassie and Minnie in my winter field, so that they could go into the field shelter if they wanted. Cassie enjoyed the shelter very much indeed, but she kept Minnie out.
For their evening feed I bring them into the stables. I will lead Cassie with my hand in her mane and Minnie will follow. It is a good time to check them over, let them dry off when they are wet and put their rugs on for the night. It also gives Minnie time to eat in peace. When they are finished, I lead them back to the field. Cassie goes in first and will then block the entrance so Minnie won’t go in. I have to really up my energy to drive Cassie off. If I don’t, she will only move a step or two and then lunge at Minnie before I can even take the rope off her.
When she has chased Minnie off, Cassie comes back and stays with me for a while before she goes off to graze. Cassie is coming into her own.
She is not the only one growing. Here are Ollie and Zebby watching me mix the horse feeds, looking into the tackroom from the hay shed.