Sunday, January 4, 2009

Lester the Grouch

Picturesque huh?
It's didn't last. We tried turning Frosty, the lone mare on the property, out with Lester and Polo yesterday morning. Lester kept herding Polo away from her and wouldn't let them sniff each other, but other than that it seemed like it really might work out. Since I've owned Lester, 13 years this month, he's never been out with a mare. The horses spotted the humans walking down the driveway and trotted over to check things out, from there it just turned ugly. Lester and Polo both turned on Frosty and began chasing her and biting her when ever they could reach. The rain soaked ground made for horrible footing and they were all slipping and sliding. It was quite clear they weren't going to stop until someone got seriously hurt so I retrieved my wild gelding and put him and Polo in a separate pasture. So much for that plan.
Lester is top man in the herd rankings and makes sure everyone knows it. He is such a bully:-( I do appreciate the fact that he doesn't reach out and bite someone walking by his stall, but he can be down right mean in the pasture. He guards the gate and chases away anyone that comes too close.
He's been really grouchy and grumpy even more lately, but I have too so maybe I'm rubbing off on him. He seems to hate being turned out lately, in no time he's pacing the fence line and calling to any and everyone to be brought in. I guess he knows there is a full bag of hay waiting for him in his stall. Lazy boy, again I'm probably rubbing off on him.


Never Say Never Greyhounds said...

Maybe he needs a muzzle. What a meanie... I didn't realize he was like that. Has he really not ever turned out with a mare? What about Gladys the app? Hmmmm.... I guess that's it for mares while he was around. Button, Faye, Moose, and Raspilla were all prior to his arrival.


Denise- LessIsMore17 said...

Jen, I think Kate was there during his time too, but I don't think we ever turned them out together. And then he just lived with goats, so I don't know how he reached the top!

allhorsestuff said...

That second picture is just plain sad! They really went after her!
I only have seen the opposite with geldings and mares...homones kick in and some kicking happens from the mare to the gelding or the geldings fight over the mare.

Well, some around here have noticed a discontent with thier horsefaces as well...she is cooped up-though outside. She longs for more mental engagement I do believe. Some of the others agreed. She litterally reared up and bucked in place when she saw me walking away from her today, after picking her stall...though only to dump the I parked it and got her instead!

Anonymous said...

Hmm... Casey dissed me earlier today. He didn't want anything doing with "mommy", which isn't like him.

Our weather here has been horrible as Kacy can attest. We're on the opposite side of the country from you, so it can't be the weather in that case. A puzzle...

Stephanie said...

I think everyone's right - it might be the weather. I know our weather has me pretty crabby!

Look at him in the last shot! Les?!
Bad gelding!

cdncowgirl said...

I'm also guessing bad weather.

Now I've seen geldings herd the mare away from other geldings... maybe Lester is a "man's man"?? (sorry couldn't resist)

Grey Horse Matters said...

I don't blame him I'd rather be inside too. Herd dynamics are just amazing to watch, I find how they act very interesting.

Melanie said...

LOL!! Can you really blame the boys for not wanting a girl in their pasture??? Mares tend to stir things up. :)

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

hahaaha, and they say mares are moody. :)

Naughty Lester. Is he still enjoying scratches and attention from you. Or is he just grouchy all around to horses and humans alike?
Maybe it's just a seasonal thing.

Glad noone was hurt though,

New Mexico

greytblackdog said...

Maybe he wants his sugar back. Sugar withdraw makes people cranky.

I wonder why he doesn't like being around the girls? He acts like a middle school boy. LOL He's just pulling pony tails. No pun intended.