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Herd Dynamics [Apr. 16th, 2017|09:49 am]
Tony Grist
Chris, the man with the horses, has removed the two pregnant mares from our fields and replaced them with a spotty, high-stepping Appaloosa stallion- who looks like he came off a fairground carousel- the idea being to get the other three mares in foal. The social dynamics of the herd have changed accordingly. What used to be a girl gang- kept in order with flashes of the good old ultraviolence by pushy, half-tame Bobby- is now a dopey fan club. The funny little stallion trots about looking like he knows how pretty he is- and the mares- sturdy, shaggy little ponies that they are- plod after him adoringly. Chris says the stallion's name is Spot, but I'm having none of that. So long as he's living here his name will be Justin (as in Bieber).
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[User Picture]From: craftyailz
2017-04-16 12:44 pm (UTC)
There are 4 mares - I'm just not sure that Bobby is joining in the fan club, I think she's sulking because her posse has deserted her at the first sight of a male - fickle mares!!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-04-16 04:03 pm (UTC)
We'll have to do more field research before we can be sure.

Bags me David Attenborough!
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[User Picture]From: puddleshark
2017-04-16 07:02 pm (UTC)
Lucky Spot!

I believe an older mare is usually herd leader. Stallions are too busy being stallions to deal with the practicalities of everyday life...
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-04-16 08:08 pm (UTC)
That's interesting. I need to do further observations.
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[User Picture]From: faunhaert
2017-04-16 08:37 pm (UTC)
aw the sweet games of spring
herd dynamics is a trick
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-04-17 08:17 am (UTC)
It's all happening down on the farm.
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[User Picture]From: heleninwales
2017-04-17 06:31 pm (UTC)
Oh, dear. I hate to be a wet blanket, but when there are so many unwanted horses and ponies, why is he breeding more? :(
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-04-17 07:09 pm (UTC)
I have no idea.

Maybe he makes some money out of it.
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[User Picture]From: heleninwales
2017-04-18 01:13 pm (UTC)
Unless the ponies are registered and of show quality, which from the photos, these aren't, he is very unlikely to make any money and they could end up going for slaughter. Sorry, it's just that overbreeding of ponies is something of a bee in my bonnet. See this recent article for more details (warning, it's not pretty!) As it says: "Horses are still being bred on a large scale despite there being no market for them, and this has led to the market becoming saturated, with animals reportedly being sold for as little as £10. Some websites and social media are even seeing people giving horses away."
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