Anyone working with a wide variety of horses will tell you about the Arabian houdini in the herd. (If not, it will be a rascally pony).
Since THAT'S all I raise, I have 21 of them here, it seems. Last year, it was Omyno, who brought in a "harem" including two geldings...
This year, first Debut, then Debut AND his consort Crem went out regularly. J. came and fixed fence, which has been good enough, until today.
I also knew there was a poor fence on the far pasture, held up only by wire where a string of wooden posts had rotted off at the ground. Leche, the one in the herd that is picked on, came up the night after I got back from class. I figured she was driven over it, as she did not come back later on...
So, I have no way of knowing who did what first, but tonight, ALL the horses from the pasture, and DEBUT came to the hayfield gate. Great.
When I caught up with Debut, he'd been kicked in the chest, removing all the hair, AND in the balls. Before or afterward? Time will, unfortunately, tell.
Poor guy. I generally help him when it's time to breed a mare "for real", i.e. an INTENDED breeding. Once I got him separated, he wanted me to "fix it"...
Since Crem didn't join him, she's presumably settled for next year.
And just how many were in heat this time? As I filled the water trough, five different mares hugged their side of the fence as close to him as they could get.
I hope the market picks up if I REALLY am going to have six foals next year! Pray NOT!
Continuing with the faux awards, the award for the Best Image Evoking Summertime goes to Andrew M. Greeley's Irish Stew! for "...heat assaults you like a mugger's breath." p. 280
Written like a true Chicagoan.