He's HERE!!!

Jane&Ziggy

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Charlie's old owner texted me at 5:45 to let me know he was on his way:

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The driver contacted me at 9:45 to say he'd arrive in half an hour. He was there on the dot, and I showed him where he needed to go to drive down right into my section of the field. He shook his head at the trees either side of the gate and said, "Those trees will take out my roof lights." So I abandoned plan A and said, "OK, unload him here, I will walk him down the road to the lower field gate."

Charlie had travelled really well and was good as the partition was opened, but he struggled to come down the ramp. I just went on asking him gently and reassuring him and after a couple of spread-legged giraffe moments he managed it just fine. I said good bye to the driver, who declined a cup of tea, and Charlie and I set off down the lane.

It's about 400m from the top field gate to the bottom gate, a 5 minute walk. Charlie was as good as gold. I talked to him and reassured him the whole way, and although he was on high alert and a bit roll-eyed he was very good, standing in a lay by and a couple of drives to let cars go past. We walked up the little path to my field gate and he was delighted to see the grass and snatched a bit before coming obediently along to my field.

I led him up to the water, where he could meet Mattie over a wire.

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Mattie squealed and pawed a couple of times but they were very chilled about each other. So I led Mattie down to the bottom of the field, where he's hardly been since Ziggy died. Charlie trotted down to be close to him and I decided that they were keen to be best friends so I didn't want to wait to let them, and they went in together.

They didn't do anything other than sniff each other all over and settle to grazing side by side. It could not have been a less eventful introduction. I swear I could hear Mattie exhale, as if he has been holding his breath in anxiety ever since he lost Ziggy.

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When I left them they were contentedly grazing together, and since then Charlie has had a lovely roll. Altogether I think things have gone pretty well!

I am so impressed at how brave and good he was to walk down a strange lane with a strange person after a 4.5 hour journey. Such a good boy.

Welcome, Charlie diamond!
 

Ruskii

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I am so pleased for you, I shall go on a hunt to find the thread with his details to save you repeating yourself on here :D
 
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Jane&Ziggy

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ETA since then I've been over and walked up to them standing right at the top of the field, where Mattie and Ziggy used to stand - horses love a view, don't they? Charlie walked up to me to be caught, and I offered him my apple core, but he didn't seem to know what to do with it and Mattie said 'Oy, mate, if you don't want your chips, I'll have them", so I gave the apple core to Mattie instead. I caught Charlie - he stands quite still while you fiddle and faddle to fit and tie up his halter over his fly mask - and led him down to the bottom of the field. He was reluctant to go into the bottom runway past the shelter, but whenever he stopped I just put gentle pressure on the halter and waited. You could see him thinking, "Don't want to... But pressure... I know what to do, but don't want to.... But pressure....Oh well," and stepping nicely forward. So I led him round to the water with Mattie following behind.

As I expected they were thirsty so they had a good drink, then I took him down to the little nano paddock where there's a big shade tree and turned him loose there with Mattie. He straight away walked back up to the water, with Mattie following him. I don't think there's any question about who's going to be the leader!

Tomorrow I'll take him out of the field for a bit because Mattie needs to get used to that and so does he.

He really is good!
 

Ale

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Couldn't have gone better I don't think, looking forward to hearing how they both get on and all Charlie's adventures
 
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Oh i love this J&Z! What a wonderful 1st day for all of you. Mattie looks and sounds very happy with his new friend and wjat an amazing wee man Charlie is!
 

Jane&Ziggy

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Well he stepped on my toe this morning. But entirely my own fault! It is the size of a chipolata and navy blue, but just bruising. Ho hum
 

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Poor you Jane. That's why it worries me to see little kids allowed barefoot near a horse. Excellent yard manager I used to ride with had her foot broken when a horse stood on it one summer and the yard then brought in a rule that no one was to wear sandals.
 

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Youch! It's like a right of passage - getting your toe trodden on :(. It's like they have to do it - just one time..... Good excuse to put your feet up - for 10 seconds. Hope it heals quick.
 
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