I have very little experience with mares. It's not that I have anything against them- I've been acquainted with many lovely mares. But I have only owned and/or ridden geldings.
So Lexie is new territory for me. Irish loves mares so since she arrived he's been smitten. And she's been very good for him.
Last week I was cleaning out the small paddock and Lexie came down to keep me company. She just hung around with me keeping me company but staying out of my way. I stopped to give her a scratch and while she was enjoying this Irish came down to share in the love. Or perhaps he suspected that there were carrots. I gave him a wee scratch on his nose when Lexie pinned her ears and swung her head in a 'get lost' gesture. Irish backed up and stood looking at me with a 'what just happened' expression. I had to laugh because he used to do that to Steele.
I went into the house and said to Ed "I think that Irish is learning that he's no longer in charge"
Ed laughed and said "of course not. He's got a girl now"
"what do you mean by that?"
"nothing. Nothing at all"
I've been watching and Irish is definitely no longer in control. Little Lexie has him exactly where she wants him. All she has to do is cock a hind leg and he moves away. At supper time she will come into Irish's stall while I prepare the feed. Steele used to do that too. When Irish had enough he would tell Steele to get out and Steele would leave quickly. It's different with Lexie. Irish hangs around outside
"ahem. Um. excuse me but I think that you're in my stall"
Lexie ignores him
"not that I mind, of course. But the servant she's got these ideas. I'm sure that you understand what I mean?"
Lexie swishes her tail
"I'm okay staying out here. I can wait. I could even use your stall. I mean, if that's okay with you."
Irish casts an imploring look my way and I take Lexie over to her stall.
Lexie gets first choice of the hay. She lets Irish graze with her on the side she doesn't want.
Most days she doesn't go into his stall now.
But every now and then a girl has to make a point.