This morning, sure enough, there was Rose, grazing at a little distance from the others.
I brought everyone some feed and discovered that Bridget and Chloe are such good buddies that they will eat out of the same pile of feed without arguing.
Bridget and Chloe share a meal
There is a new dynamic in the group with the addition of George. He tolerates Chloe, who seems to have rather a thing for him. Bridget, however, is the object of his ire. The three stay pretty close. At the moment Rose keeps to herself in a very calm, self-contained manner, although at one point today I did observe Bridget leave the group and follow Rose, who used to be her pasture-mate at the rescue barn.
Every time I come out of the house, Chloe looks over expectantly. However, when I offered to let her out the gate, she declined. Several times I've come out to find the horses all staring over the fence at the house as if to say, "Ok, we've checked out the new field - what's next?" George very much wanted to come out of the field this afternoon. I put his halter on and took him for a walk around the house. He found the experience quite taxing for his nerves, and after rounding the corner of the house and coming into view of his friends again, he whinnied and was very eager to be put back.
When I go into the field, Chloe is usually the first one to come over, but she acts as if she's worried George or Bridget will push her away. George looks daggers at Bridget but doesn't become aggressive toward her if I'm standing with her. I haven't approached Rose yet and plan to wait until she decides to approach me. Her current status was manifest by Chloe chasing her away from the remains of her dinner this evening.
Thanks to the cows who have been keeping the pasture warm while the horses were away, the bushes and poison ivy which used to grow in the tree line have all disappeared. At the same time, the trees have grown considerably, providing an avenue of shade for the horses to rest in during the heat of the day.
George and Chloe graze with Cove Mountain in the background
A drink and a yawn