Gogo had some BIG news to share with everyone: she joined a sorority!
This is not just any sorority, mind you, but a very exclusive one. You have to be bay, and a mare, and wear black bell boots, and be in nonstop squirting heat, always.
And Gogo is the ringleader. She is THE most bay, THE most mareish, has THE blackest bell boots, and has THE squirtiest pee.
Yes it's true - finally after a YEAR of either total stall rest or very limited turnout, Gogo is back in a BIG field full of mares! I have been desperately waiting for this glorious time all year long! Not only does Gogo get to go be a real horse again with real horsey company and get to move around in a big space, but it also frees up space and time in the lower turnouts for the solo horses. Everybody wins.
Unfortunately, the grass turnouts are closing for the season on November 1st, which is very late for this time of year. (Maybe I'll make it stretch an extra week.) We had a great run with them this summer and they held up great considering how young they are. Rotational win! Still, grass is grass and needs some recoup time before the snow falls. It was now or never if I wanted to get Gogo out with the girls - they had grass to distract them, a big space to get out of the way if anyone decided to be stupid, and totally unseasonable weather to send their hormones into a tailspin. Just to be safe, I gave Gogo 1.25ccs of Ace yesterday - the field is far larger than anything she's ever been turned out in before (probably in her entire life), and I didn't want to give her the opportunity to pick up speed and be unable to flag her down. We let her loose with Annabelle first, the lowest ranking mare, thinking that there would at least be some moments of ear-pinning and squawking. Nope... instant love. INSTANT! When Diosa, the other mare, came back from her off-property adventure, we added her in to the mix. I expected there might be some general mare obnoxiousness, but there wasn't! Instead, Diosa made a beeline for Gogo, and Gogo did the same. As soon as they touched noses, Diosa started peeing. And peeing. And peeing. All doped up as she was, Gogo gave her the full stud treatment, rubbing and sniffing her all over. She did strike out drowsily at one point, and then turned her butt to her in order to make a dominance point. Diosa took the hint, but that didn't stop her from spending the rest of the turnout trying to pee all over Gogo every time she got close.
Today, Gogo went out without drugs, and magically also came into heat overnight. She saw Annabelle coming up the hill to the turnout (she was the first out), and nickered nonstop until they got to each other. When Diosa came up the hill, she and Gogo RAN to see each other, peeing all over the place. So much pee... so much mare-love.
Later on, Gogo found it amusing to scream nonstop for Annabelle when she saw her, but still make nasty faces at Hootie the gelding (same color as Annabelle). Clearly, my horse is a lesbian. Well, like mother like daughter....
This is such a big step for her. That extra movement really does seem to make a difference, as her legs were beautiful and tight when she came in. But I have a feeling that she's going to get verrrrrrrrrrrrrrry attached to her friends. She hasn't been out with a friend in two and a half years. I can't believe that!
MARES! I love them!
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