This is Little Dude.
He's at the barn for training. But he may end up for sale. His owner is older and want a very quiet ride. And Little Dude is a bit... over aware, I guess is the polite way of saying it.
He's handsome, isn't he? A bit bossy in the paddock, I had to send him around a few times, now he's pleasant. But I can see he'll be a testy thing.
And here's another shot of Smokey. I seriously love this guy.
As young thing and quiet by nature he's been getting the run around pretty badly. Even in the feeding stalls they were pinning ears and giving him heck. I was getting irritated at this, and left the boss gelding in after feeding for a while to see how everyone else got along. They were fine, mostly.
Then I had a talk with boss gelding as I let him out.
Look, I know you're the boss, but you don't have to be a jerk. You can be a kind alpha - everyone knows you're in charge.
I set him loose and he stood there awhile with me, then slowly walked off.
Then something weird happened. They stopped chasing Smokey. All day.
Just call me ... the herd negotiator.
Just something fun for your Easter viewing: