About a week ago, I noticed my horse spending quality time at the far, far end of the paddock....the end that abuts the neighbors paddock.
Weird, I thought, as she is usually spooked near that area and avoids it like the plague.
Later that day, I was picking the paddock when I noticed the silouhette of a horse standing on the other side of the neighbors paddock fence, right next to my paddock fence.
Also weird, as that section of their paddock is mucky, and their horses tend to avoid going down there.
I'm staring at him.....he's staring back at me...with "that look"...and I'm starting to put the pieces together.
My mare is very independent, hasn't given the slightest care for other horses, yet she's OBSESSED with this one....
....apparently she's never met a real. live. stallion. before.
He seems to be a nice fellow, and is turned out alone so I'm glad she can be some company for him from across the fence lines.
All I have to say is that he'd better keep his racing Standardbred hooves to himself! So far, so good. He's kept to his side of the fence without showing any inclination that he'd be interested in escaping for a closer look at my mare......hopefully it stays that way!
Oh yes. I can't account for the neighbors lack of suitable fencing.....but mine is four board post and board with four strands of electric wire, one between each board and one across the top board. It's juiced 24/7
I remember the neighborhood mares running away from home just to stand next to my guy's fence. Oh how they'd squat and pee and "wink" at him. Oh how he'd stand 5' back from the electrified wire set inside his chain link paddock. He would nicker to them and whisper sweet nothings long distance to them. Some of those mare would get so angry at him for not charging the fence to consummate their union. They'd screech and whinny and paw furiously. Usually someone driving by would pull up our lane and say "Hey you have a horse loose out by the road!" To which i would think "oh yeah there is a "loose" mare by my guy's paddock again". Then I would have to try and figur out who she belonged to - often It would take a day or two and i would put her up in my barn.
Beware the slutty mare!
"If you don't know where you are going, any road will take you there"