Royce is a hit; Billy takes a hit

Royce is done–the final version has some tiny details that have been refined since the last post, but it’s not really anything that would pop right out in a photo. So you can just take my word for it that there’s a difference!

Meanwhile, I got a call from the barn tonight that Billy has a couple of 1 1/2″ deep cuts along his jawline. Probably because he thinks he’s a stallion now instead of the gelding he really is. I’m betting he got into a kicking match with somebody and came out the loser. Anyhow, emergency call to the vet who said no stitches for now, just cleaned everything out, antibiotics, and we’ll wait for all the swelling to go down before we decide what happens next. Since my last post about Billy’s new outdoor life, a second mare came into the herd and he decided both mares were “his”. Then a new gelding showed up. Billy suspected the newcomer would try to horn in on his little arrangement. Which is why I think he got in a scuffle. Billy doesn’t know it, but pretty soon he’s going over to the “geldings only” section. I could have told him the girls would be nothing but trouble. But I knew he wouldn’t listen.

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Equine and landscape artist specializing in rural Americana
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3 Responses to Royce is a hit; Billy takes a hit

  1. Sue Steiner says:

    LOL!! Glad Billy doesn’t need stitches. Boys will be boys!


  2. Jan Fedorenko says:

    AW Billy…poor baby…is vet pretty sure he got a kick…and didn’t hurt himself on fencing, stall, etc.?

    Really, geldings only?


    • Alli Farkas says:

      Jan, it could have been anything. The vet couldn’t say for sure. But given that he was kick-boxing the other gelding the day before, that’s the first logical place to look. It will take about 2 weeks to transition him to the geldings area since that is a large herd, about 18 horses. The plan is to put him in a paddock nearby, so they can all see each other, then put a couple of horses from that herd into his paddock, then finally integrate him into the full herd. He’s going to have to work out his relationships all over again, but at least this time there won’t be any girls to derail the process.


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