It took a while to catch them because Chrome was chasing Faran, who still isn't 100% sure about humans. We finally herded them into the round pen and Chrome got distracted by Faran's manure pile which allowed us to catch both horses. We put Faran in his round pen and Chrome and Zep back out on the lease land. I had to rush off to work because I was running late, but my husband kept an eye on the horses.
Chrome never did settle down and finally jumped the chain link fence that runs between our land and the lease land. He made it over with his front end but dragged his rear legs across the fence!!! And this happened with my husband standing right there! Luckily he has a tiny scrape on his hock and a tiny cut on his stifle but appears to otherwise be unharmed.
My husband had to go help some friends move so he put Chrome in the round pen and Faran in the paddock with the donkey so that they could get to know each other across the fence. Faran and Zeppelin were too busy grazing to go up by the barn where the debris is. Before they went off to graze they were all hanging out together. Chrome and Faran were biting at each other when all of a sudden Zeppelin reached up and bit Faran on the neck and then reared up with his hooves against Faran's shoulder. Faran slammed his head into Zeppelin causing him to stagger and then kicked him with both of his rear hooves which bounced the poor donkey off of a tree. Zeppelin left Faran alone after that lol. He's a little stiff, but otherwise unharmed thank goodness considering the size difference.
When I got home from work we decided to put Chrome and Faran together in the round pen so we could carefully monitor their first (err . . . second) meeting and I got pictures and video! You just have to watch the video to get the full scene. It was actually really funny even though it was nerve wracking at the same time. :)
Chrome was being a total punk and totally deserved to be put in his place. I never would have expected Faran to be the boss with him being so timid around us, but he sure put a stop to Chrome's naughty antics. I hope you had the sound up because Faran makes the weirdest, cutest squealing noise almost the whole time. :) So cute!
Faran enjoys playing with Chrome's halter. We eventually had to take it off because Faran was really chewing it hard lol.
Not a great picture because of the light coming from the wrong direction, but it was the best picture I could get that shows their size difference. Faran is 16hh and 1300lbs. Chrome is 15.1hh and 860lbs. :)
If you enlarge this picture you can see the nasty cut on his nostril that happened last week and the small cuts on his right hock and stifle that happened today. I hope he isn't always so accident prone.
Since they were doing so well together we turned them all out on the lease land. Here is a great video of them galloping together. What a gorgeous pair!!!
For those of you who can't view videos here are some snapshots from the galloping video. They are really blurry but I really like how they turned out. It almost looks like paintings.
Now the boys are acting like best friends . . .
And just because I love my boy, here is a video of Chrome doing a gorgeous canter transition and flying lead change. Maybe he'll be my dressage prospect yet. :D
Today was totally unplanned, but I'm happy it turned out as well as it did. It was really scary this morning. :) Keep your fingers crossed they continue to get along and that everyone stays uninjured for a while lol.