Morris has spent the week recovering from his gelding operation and I have spent the weekend recovering from the vet´s bill! Two hundred Euros. Never mind: it took two vets on a home visit and it was an hour-long operation, so that´s the cost you would expect.
There was torrential rain across the Costa Blanca on Friday afternoon. It was not as serious as the disaster further south in Murcia and Andalucia where there were reports of animals, including donkeys, being washed away in the flood waters. However, it meant I could not return Morris to the rest of the family on Friday evening as I had planned. The girls, Matilde, Rubí and Aitana, all went into the stable to shelter. I thought it best to leave Morris out in the rain in his separate pen, rather than risk a fight if I returned him to join them, after four months separation, in closely confined space.
Consequently, it was a damp and bedraggled Morris who rejoined the family the next morning, when the rain had passed and the field was a completely muddy mess. The video quality is not very good but at least it records the moment Morris was reunited with Rubí and then joined the three girls to eat his breakfast from the common manger.
First he tried to drink milk from Rubí but found there was none to be had, as she is now dry. That was a bit sad. Then he affectionately bit her, but this was quite a contrast to the aggressive biting she had to endure before he was separated from her last June. Later (not captured on video) Morris and Rubí began mutual grooming again, which was good to see. It is something that Matilde has never established with her foal Aitana, and maybe the example of Rubí and Morris will encourage that.
It is just before Morris´s first birthday. Seeing him rejoining his mother reminded me of that lovely October morning last year when I sat down to watch Rubí eating her breakfast with her tiny little foal staggering around in the bright sun, enjoying his first new morning. It was a very magic moment and I was filled with the sheer wonder of the newborn animal with his kitten-soft coat, big eyes, long ears and spindly legs. Later that same day, Aitana was born to Matilde.
Next weekend we shall have two birthdays to celebrate. Their birthdays are during the working week, so we´ll celebrate with a picnic at the weekend.