Chubs is funny....in fact, this whole thing is kinda hinky. Really.
He's been over to my place at least six times in the past year, getting loose from his crappy panel pasture and looking for companionship with the horses at my place. He has caused quite an uproar, resulting in me calling the local pony posse to do something about it twice. I hadn't seen him since October, although he did cross my mind during bad weather.
When my hub walked him home yesterday, he knew right where he was going. He was a perfect gentleman on the lead, halted easily, munched carrots, and hobbled right along compliantly. When was led up to the barn, the other two horses just looked.
Now think about that for a second.
They just looked. They didn't dash around calling. They didn't nicker, whinny, or scream. No trotting, no blowing, nothing.
Hub put him in the part panel section, and he promptly found bits of my soft, imported hay to munch on. After a few minutes, he wandered over to stand near the mare. Totally, completely at ease. When I got home, he was standing alongside her with the fenceline inbetween.
He had not really touched the really grassy local hay that was in for him, and had left half of the sweet feed my hub thought he should have (yeah well we won't go there on sudden diet changes, right?) As soon as I started feeding, I could see the "light bulb" go off and he made his way over to the inside panel, ears up and friendly. For the night, I just added some extra local hay for him to munch on. I watched him eat for a few minutes this morning and he's having some trouble taking decent mouthfuls of hay. I didn't see any quids, but he needs his teeth attended to pronto.
It is absolutely the strangest thing, his arrival causing no fuss whatever. I can only presume he was meant to be here.
First call this morning, the vet for a quick once over and a float.