Yes, that's Thunder - and now he's really one of my boys! My first order of business? A month at the Eric's to really get him going under saddle. We took him over yesterday.
We collected him - and Sunny. My biggest worry about taking Thunder was having Sunny running the fences, so once we had the boys on board we headed over and to pick up Rufus.
I had a plan...
It was nap time when we got there.
We woke Eyore up - he was laying down behind Buddy, but popped up before I could catch him snoozing.
Rufus was sleeping, too - but unlike Eyore, he wasn't inclined to disturb himself on our behalf.
T woke him up and once he was haltered, convinced him that he really was going to have to stand up. Silly horse!
On board for the first time in over a year - they made a circuit of the pasture before we loaded Rufus.
Doesn't he look thrilled?
At Eric's, we unloaded all three, and turned Thunder out with a small herd Eric's more easy-going horses.
Sunny was not pleased. Rufus was unconcerned. Thunder was baffled, but accepted being sniffed...
And sniffed some more... with equanimity.
Back at the farm, we unloaded Sunny and Rufus and walked the pair out for a tour of all the gates and fences. All my mental fingers were crossed that the two geldings, who've been ridden, hauled and tied side by side more than once, would be satisfactory company for one another.
Sunny called for Thunder, and Rufus looked around with big eyes, but with halters and leads on they ignored one another. After a full tour, including hay feeder and waterer, we walked them into the bigger of the fields and slipped their halters off.
Rufus was unconcerned. Sunny's initial reaction was very un-sunny, but unfortunately typical of him. But Rufus didn't appear to care. After an initial nose-sniff, he just walked off.
We watched them interact for quite a while, and everything thankfully!!! looked calm.
They meandered around the field, nibbling at whatever green they could find, Sunny occasionally sniffing at Rufus, and Rufus continuing to ignore him. We monitored the situation until nearly dark, and an early a.m. check this morning found them both in dozing in the sun. So far so good!