Today we had an interesting afternoon ride with Tera and Rosie and two college gals, Haley and Kat. Mara who, loves Rosie her former paddock pal, kept ‘winking’ at Rosie for most of the ride. Below is an overview of mares in heat to describe the situation.
Mara B was definitely distracted and more with Rosie than with me on this ride! She was good, simply lacking any real focus. Riding alone I really have not experienced this so dramatically before. Then the waiting began after Kat dropped her phone. Haley retrieved it, and the horses waited patiently while Haley searched for a good spot to remount. Another out of the ordinary event, not typical on most trail rides.
Mara B tried hard to stay close to Rosie for much of the ride and the college gals pulled out ahead.
Mara B was eventually content to just hang back for the return trip to the barn, and took it slow and easy in her typical going home fashion.
It was an interesting display of nature that powerfully demonstrated a natural horse behavior.