Sunday, January 27, 2008

a very special day

Today our newest family member arrived on the farm. The horses were beside themselves with excitement. You've never seen such gorgeous movement - floating, extended trots in unison. Here's a shot as they glimpse the new family member.




Here he is! Rafer's breeder leads him to the paddock to see the horses. He was amazingly brave and confident.




Rafer's breeder introduces him to the herd!



The meetings continued all afternoon. By bedtime it was clear that little Rafer had bonded with Cody, and they're sharing a stall and paddock tonight, happy as can be.

14 comments:

Matthew said...

SO cute and adorable!

billie said...

We all keep remarking that he looks like a stuffed animal, and it's so true. I have never seen such cuteness.

Gecko said...

Haha, what billie said! He's simply adorable! Quite like a cute stuffed animal. =D

billie said...

Thanks, Gecko! We've been waiting for him for 5 months - so it's an exciting time.

Victoria Cummings said...

He's one of the sweetest things I've ever seen! I want one! So, I got tagged for a Meme, and I'm inviting you to play - Please go to my blog for the rules. If you're not in the mood, no worries - Glad to have you as a blogging buddy!

billie said...

Hi, Victoria - isn't he great? There will be more photos coming, you can bet on that!

I'd love to play the MEME, and will on Wed. I left you a message about what's going on here tomorrow.

So glad you stopped by!

Gypsy said...

He is adorable, and the horses must feel like you got them their own play-pal!
I'm glad I saw your blog link on Victoria's!
Aryd'ell

billie said...

Hi, Gypsy,

So far, Salina (the black mare) wants him for her baby, but she's so intense about it she's a bit intimidating to him still. Cody, the chestnut, our youngest horse, is being the perfect snuggly uncle who respects space but allows cuddling when little Rafer wants it.

Keil Bay and Apache, the big bay and the painted pony, are convinced aliens have landed here. :)

It is hilarious and fascinating to watch them sort this new creature out.

Gypsy said...

I bet! It is so funny how different horses react to a newcomer- they are just people with hard feet and a tail, or are we just horses with no tail, and soft feet? LOL!
Aryd'ell

billie said...

I don't know which direction it goes, but there are definitely similarities!

Grey Horse Matters said...

He couldn't be more adorable, I want one too. Please take more pictures for all of us.

billie said...

Thanks, grayhorsematters... I'm sure there will be tons of photos. Today I spent most of the day acclimating him to the routine, the farm, and different combinations of the herd he's joined.

By the time I did that, mucked stalls, and gave Keil Bay some special and needed attention, the day was gone!

Carolyn Burns Bass said...

What a handsome fellow he is, big ears and rough coat and all. I'd take that guy in a heartbeat.

billie said...

Oh, Carolyn, it isn't rough at all - it's soft as a stuffed animal! Amazing.