Much to everyone's great disappointment, the foal had no interest in the bear. After a couple days, it was taken out of his stall and has been hanging out in the barn aisle ever since.
Last Saturday, Kristina and Kelly decided to see if their horses would react to a bear in their turn out pen.
It was not love at first sight.
These are three sensible horses, but they were all momentarily unglued by the the big scary teddy.
Eventually, however, they settled down...
and started to investigate.
At this point, we were taking bets as to which one of them would touch it first.
My money was on Casper...
but Gunner proved to be the bravest.
Once the boys got over their fear...
there was no keeping them...
away from that bear!
Casper says, "Back off, Gunner."
"This bear's mine!"
Casper may be the boss, but Gunner is persistent. Eventually, he gained possession of the bear.
He picked it up in his teeth and shook it, apparently traumatizing a young riding student in the near-by ring. Her trainer reported that she kept asking why the horse was attacking the bear. Was he mean?
No one would ever accuse Kristina's new boy Toby of being mean. Just look at that sweet face!
It was pretty funny watching these three nice horses interact with that Teddy Bear. Next week, I think they need a Roomba for their paddock!