Introductions can be tough. Especially if you are a horse. For it is at this time that all things are sorted out. Between pinned ears, flashing heels, and high pitched squealing, questions like who is in charge, what the rules are, how will they be enforced, and what is to be expected, are answered in a rather final way. And once these things are settled, there is peace, once and for all.
An experience today introducing a new mare to a few pasture mates made me wonder just what would happen if people did introductions the way horses do. As I led the young mare over to her new paddock, I worried a little about the possible outcome. After all, her two new friends were already pretty well bonded. And making matters even more challenging, one was a 6 month old foal, and his protective “papa” a 23 year old retired gelding.
If my new mare decided to get in between the bonded pair, I could almost see the old gelding racing at her with teeth barred. Or, even worse, what if the timid little foal got caught in the middle?