That face. So cute, so sweet, so innocent.
And this guy. So little, so happy to have a wonderful new home.
This was Henry's first dust bath in his new pasture. I think he is smiling!
These two have made progress. They have stopped biting at one another and there is not much kicking going on anymore. Just some laying ears back and head motioning - mostly by Flash, when he does not want to share attention. Or hay.
After one week, Flash and Henry are already inseparable, just not quite "friends." I did, however, see them both laying down in the barn, quite near one another, in a companionable afternoon nap. Their ears flopped lazily and their eyes were all sleepy in equine relaxation.
I smiled when I saw them, and felt really happy for Flash. He has a companion, who will soon be his friend. I can feel it.
They don't see eye to eye yet, but they seem to accept each other's presence. It's a great start.
Watching them, I've thought of the friendships I've had that were slow in coming. I had to get over my own insecurities and fears to make way for warmth and acceptance. Just like these two, I've had to feel my way into relationships. There may have been some biting and kicking along the way, but I won't go into that right now. It was kind of scary.
The best friends are the ones who stay with you, accept your flaws and just love you for who you are. Both Flash and Henry will have to overcome their past experiences and learn to lean on one another, especially when winter sets in. There is something in their eyes that tells me that their walls are crumbling, and that friendship is on its way.
Is it hard for you to make new friends? Is it easier to think of others as companions than true friends? I totally get that. I'm not a girl-friendy kind of girl. But I'm learning, and observing Flash and Henry warm up to each other inspires me to reach out to others in my life. Who knows, maybe the best friendships are right under our noses...just waiting to blossom!