Rana and Bambi were both at the barn one recent morning, while Mara was near the pond in Yard 4, seemingly quite relaxed. It’s out of the ordinary for Bambi and Mara to spend time apart, so Scott asked Rana and Bambi to follow his four-wheeler out to Mara. Bambi accompanied him at full speed and ate her breakfast out in Yard 4; she joined Mara soon after finishing. Rana instead chose to stay at the barn, rather than go with Scott and Bambi. We took advantage of the time to do a little footwork on Rana. After her footwork, she seemed content to continue spending time near the barn. We decided to open up between Yards 1, 2, and 3 to allow Lady and Rana to share space.
Lady has seemed more at ease recently spending her days alone, but near the barn. We still like to encourage Lady to push her comfort zones and, as Scott says, at least ponder the opportunity to be near Rana.
This particular day, Lady was very intrigued by Rana’s presence; she was curious and watchful. She never approached Rana but spent most of the day keeping an eye on her. On several occasions throughout the day, Lady would be grazing, when Rana would go to an area that Lady wouldn’t expect her to go. In response, Lady would freeze with her ears out, watching where Rana was heading.
When Rana would notice Lady responding in this way, she would turn around and walk away or stop and begin grazing. This body language communicated to Lady that Rana would not approach her or infringe on her clear boundaries.
The day ended up being slow and easy for both ladies. While they didn’t interact, the two seemed to enjoy the change of pace, just watching and spending time near each other.
Rana eventually ended up heading out into Yard 4 just before dinner, rejoining her friends Bambi and Mara.
Photo of Lady