Saturday, 15 August 2009
I only had Dee's halter with me. She was happy to be caught – I think she trusts me again now and is confident that we are settled at Briwnant. We ambled back to the yard, taking our time, with Red following on behind. I then brought Dee in and fetched Red's headcollar for 'ö-Dzin to bring Red in.
After grooming them both we did a little groundwork in the arena with both of them—as Red did not want to be left out—just leading them at the walk. We performed serpentines, circling around cones, circles on the spot, halting and standing, and backing. The idea is to get her bending and stretching and using her body more than she will just grazing in the field. Red has not practised so much groundwork with me as Dee and he sometimes seemed a little confused by what we were doing, but Dee remembered it all very well. I watched her closely while circling on the spot and crossing one hind leg in front of the other as she stepped round, and it did not seem to be causing her any problem.
When we turned them both back out to the field, Dee hung around at the gate a long time, not seeming to want to leave us. Red stayed there as well. He would not head back to the rest of the herd until Dee decided to. I get the strong feeling that Red has a great loyalty towards Dee and feels protective of her, even though he knows she can be grouchy and give him a hard time. Dee I feel takes Red's loyalty for granted, and yet relies on him and is more content with him there. He gives her confidence. They were so sweet today.