Yesterday, just prior to the farrier arriving, a pretty, newer, red horse trailer was pulled up to the livery across the road. We saw movement inside the trailer, then ignored it as the driver headed toward the livery office. Anton, his apprentice, and I walked to the corral next to the livery to find the horses very intently watching the new trailer. Anton chose the spot where he wanted to trim the horses when the two grays got very excited - as the trailer door swung open and out climbed llamas. Under my breath I uttered, "Ah-oh."
Anton (incredulous): "Your horses aren't trained to llamas?"
Me: " That's not the problem. I think they know these guys; they lived here last summer. This is an old friend greeting; they could be pretty excitable. It should be fun getting them to stand quietly."
It turned out fine; they each settled in when asked. I think they were just so surprised to see the llamas getting out of a horse trailer because last year, they were transported in the back of a pickup truck with
panels on it.
Today, we took Queen Estes and Ranger out for a short stroll on the mountain; passing the llama pen was so mundane, I'm not sure why I took the camera.
Tomorrow, we will try the grays - which could be a lot more fun since Washoe thinks they are attack animals, and the llamas are now in a newly built pen that the horses have to walk beside at the very beginning of the horse path to the road.
All three of the new neighbors.
Estes seems quite happy with her new shoes. She and Ranger had a great ride...and when we got home, Bill put them to work mowing the yard. These two senior citizens really look over-worked!