so...swinger arrives and he is very upset. he is crying and cantering around and looking for somewhere to belong. spritely is being a bag, she chases him off her beloved gideon and each time gideon tries to saunter over to introduce himself, she puts herself between them and steers him away. finally i step in....i tell gideon that swinger is scared like gideon was scared when he first got here. gideon looks like he is listening. then i tell spritely that swinger is afraid and her job here is to make him feel safe and welcome...she knocked the glasses right off my head and told me to piss off.
so i decided to be the equine welcoming committee all by my lonesome. i took him some hay and stood next to him while he ate and gently rubbed his shoulder. gideon waited til spritely was turned away and then snuck over to say hello. they gently touched noses, and laid their faces cheek to cheek, they snuffled into each others manes and it was all so very soft and kind and peaceful. spritely caught them at the warm and fuzzies but did not interfer. eventually she wandered over and went thru the same gentle and kind greeting and everyone has been the best of friends ever since. swinger is not the least bit upset anymore and i am thankful for that.
however, i would like some of that peaceful and gentle touching myself instead of picking up my whacked off glasses out of the mud.
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