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Each time a new horse arrives, the herd goes through this 'ceremony'. It's essentially the same each time. I'm glad I was near the camera so that I could get these photos.
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Wind Walker recognizes & submits to Mario as his superior
After Mario checked him out, he galloped back to where the rest of the herd was waiting. About 5 minutes later, with Mario leading the way, the 'royalty' galloped down to the meeting gate. Ben (king gelding) is nose to nose with Wind Walker while Flikka (the princess - on Ben's far side) waits her turn. Mario stands guard on one side while Dixie (queen mare) & Ted E. (the dog) tell Shiloh it's not his turn yet. Right after I took this photo, Dixie took off after Shiloh and herded him into the alley.
Mario nuzzles Wind Walker
~*~ THE INTRODUCTION RITUAL ~*~
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Mario (the herd 'point man') comes to check out the newest Sunshine Gang member - Wind Walker
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Then Wind Walker nuzzles Mario
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Followed by mutual nuzzles
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Ben moves away and now it's Flikka's turn. Dixie has moved Shilo back where he belongs & Ted E helps her keep an eye on him while she stands broadside in the alley blocking Shiloh & the other 9 herd members. Mario (nose in the air) signals everyone that the Sunshine Gang has a new member. Then the lower ranking herd members were permitted to visit with the new kid a few minutes later.
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