Does Your Horse Have A Best Friend?

Written by Wednesday, 25 April 2018 10:51
What an experience, riding on the beach What an experience, riding on the beach Dressage Hafl

It is not one of my strengths to keep friendships going. I actually suck. That might be due to the fact that I like spending time on my own. Enjoying the amenities of online shopping, I would not even have to leave the house if there was no Hafl making sure that I get out from time to time (sure, going to work is a must, too).

When Waliento arrived at our barn in late 2017, I had no idea that he would become what I would call Hafl's best friend. During winter, they spent their winter turnout together and watching them play showed that they really like each other. Whenever they can, they play and tease each other, run around, squeak and bolt. Hafl is like an older brother for Waliento now, teaching him not to panic when on a trail ride, showing him how to behave while cantering in the great wide open, making sure he is not shitting his pants when we put obviously dangerous objects into the arena. Hafl even seems calmer than ever before just like he is thinking: need to be brave, little brother is watching.

back of two horses heads on road with fencing and shadows in sunshine

 

two ponies greeting each other in indoor menage

I guess Hafl had best friends before. It all started with my other horse back in 2009, a guy he really liked. After selling him and moving for the second time, he met Wax, a friend's horse and together they explored the world and even made it to the sea. After we parted and moved to other barns, Hafl did not seem to have a particular horse he liked until Waliento showed up.

dark bay horse on the slope of a snowy field with haflinger horse

Hafl and PE, back in 2010

 

two horses wearing blue rugs greeting in snowy field

 It is really fun to see such a relationship even though sometimes they take it a bit too far. Turnout season is right ahead so I am already wondering whether the grass will be more important than playing with this friend.

two horseback riders laughing and holding hands wearing a red jacket cantering on haflinger ponies in snow

Haffie best friends

Does your hose have a best friend?


 

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