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Yes, Hunter and Cayenne sharing a hay feeder.

It’s hard to describe how precious it feels to now see Hunter side by side with the other horses grazing at the hay feeders.

When I first put those boxes out last year, I wasn’t sure how well the new setup would work. I wanted the horses to be able to feed at them, 2-at-a-time, but it wasn’t to be for Hunter. He was either not welcomed by the others, or just not comfortable stepping up to the “table” while someone was already there.

The signals are often so subtle that I miss them entirely, but occasionally I would witness a simple shift of position or nod of a head which communicated clear enough to an approaching horse that they should just stay where they are. My standing near, trying to invite a horse in, would not be enough to override whatever messages were being sent by the horse already at the feeder.

Hunter always got his turn, eventually, so I chose not to worry about it. I let the horses manage the routine of grazing at the hay boxes all by themselves.

It’s pretty sweet to see they have finally worked it out so they can all cordially graze together at the same time, no waiting. To me, it seems like such a dramatic change in their behavior, but they make it appear as if it was nothing at all. Looking at them now, you’d have no reason to assume it hasn’t always been this way.










Written by johnwhays

August 27, 2015 at 6:00 am

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  1. I love it! it is amazing!


    August 27, 2015 at 7:43 am

  2. Reblogged this on duniacubuntu.


    August 27, 2015 at 7:40 am

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