It has been a long while since I've posted about Mac! I haven't been riding because of some tennis elbow problems. I had done a couple of cow play nights but my elbow was hurting so I decided to give myself a couple weeks off to prepare for a clinic. But it still hurt so I gave myself about a month off, missed the clinic, and have been playing with the new pony, instead!
Mac goes into modified stud mode when she's nearby. So far I've kept them separated and they haven't even touched noses over the fence. But when she's near (like if she's in the cross ties and he's in his stall), he starts his "huuuh, huuuh, huuuh" talking to her in a low, Barry-White-type voice and arching his neck. So far she seems interested but not wholly impressed. I'm waiting for her to be so ho-hum that when they do get to meet each other it won't be a big deal.
I've been taking each of them out individually for walks in the arena or down the ditch. When she's gone, Mac calls a few times but she doesn't call back. When he's gone, same thing.
Today I rode for the first time in a long time - probably a month! Mac was perfectly good and not at all distracted by the pony. When I was grooming her outside, though, he did come over for a closer look.
I've got a Harry Whitney clinic coming up in October so it is time to get back in the swing of things with Mac!