Thursday, May 13, 2010

Silk Shows Me How It's Done


I put out five small piles of hay in the pasture so I could play the Circle Game with Siete this afternoon. Both horses were grazing, so I sat down in my chair and read for about twenty minutes. Siete finally got interested in one of the piles of hay. After she ate for a little while, I came over with my reed and moved her onto the next pile. Then, I sat down again with my book. Her mother, Silk, went over to the same pile and began eating the hay with Siete. Just as I was about to get up and move Siete again, Silk poked her nose at Siete's side and shoved her off to the next pile of hay.

I decided to stay in my chair and see what happened next. Silk proceeded to move Siete from pile to pile around the circle just like I was going to do. I got up and companion walked next to Silk for a while and then invited her to come over to my own little special pile of hay next to my chair. As I stood next to Silk while she ate, Siete looked up at me in surprise. I held the eye contact and walked up to say hello to her. Then, I invited her to join us at my special extra good hay pile. We walked next to each other over to where Silk was already eating. I sat in my chair again and began reading, happily listening to my girls munching contentedly. While I appreciate that Silk wanted to show me that she knew her place in the pecking order and that it appeared I had been trying to do her job herding Siete, I also decided that tomorrow, mama will stay in the barn while Siete and I are in the pasture.

5 comments:

Lori Skoog said...

I wish I could be there to watch this...and you have really been working on it. I'm impressed. Sweet girls.

Grey Horse Matters said...

Silk is one very smart mama. Maybe she's trying to help you teach her little girl.

Breathe said...

Fascinating.

I wonder how it'll go with mama gone?

deejbrown said...

Sounds like time well spent!

LJB said...

Wonderful to read about how helpful you're finding Carolyn Resnick's work. She has so much to offer us. I have a horse who like Silk has stepped in to help me before I could take care of things myself. We are an interspecies community without a doubt! Best to you and yours, Victoria!