I have written in the past about the pony wars, where the mares stake their claim on a pony and fall madly in love. The central player in many of the pony wars has been Norman. Norman is quite the ladies man and has romanced almost all of the mares at some point over the years. Calimba in particular has always loved Norman. Calimba and Norman were in an off and on relationship for a long time. Calimba was ready for it to always be on. Norman would call things off the second she hinted at moving in together or, even worse, getting engaged. Eventually Calimba seemed to accept that Norman was never going to take things to the next level and they agreed to be friends.
I did not realize that Calimba and Norman had rekindled their flame until a few days ago. I needed to clip Calimba so I caught her and led her away from the other horses in the pasture to bathe her. Calimba of course started calling to her group as soon as we were a few feet away. To my surprise Norman was the one that answered her. He followed us over to where I bathed Calimba and voluntarily stayed by her side through her entire bath. Calimba would occasionally look at Norman and nicker, and he would answer her.
Undoubtedly Calimba has her hopes up that this time will finally be the time that Norman commits. I hope she still has her copy of He’s Just Not That In To You that the other mares gave her a few years ago. She’s going to need it.
In another news we’ve body clipped a long list of horses over the last 2.5 weeks and I think the first round of clipping of 2018 might be over. I’ve got my eye on a couple of horses, but I don’t think clipping will be needed in their immediate future. I am never sad to see the spring body clipping marathon come to an end.
Calimba making sure Norman was with her
Calima mid-bath with Norman still by her side
Calimba rinsed and done, Norman still standing by
Calimba in progress
Bruno in progress
George in progress
Wilson in progress
Remmy asking me, “MUST WE DO THIS??”
Baner with an after pose
Remmy and Baner took off frantically running to their friend Hesse upon their return to the pasture
Hemi, Apollo and Levendi
Baby and Revy
Rip, Grand and Elfin
Traveller and Norman
Rocky, Johnny and Toledo
Johnny and Digby
Quigly and Happy
Cocomo, George and Donneur
Nemo and Taco
Bruno and Alfie grooming
Taylor and Merlin being playful
Havana and Art grooming