Azure Skye is an appaloosa with a blanket. I call it icing on the cake because she is such a gift. She is our lead mare, even though she is the youngest. She watches over the rest of the herd and keeps them moving. All my horses are very fit, and the sheep are tired, due to her demands.
The other morning I went down to the barn and I had failed to lock one of the sheep stalls the night before. When that happens, they get out and wreck havoc in the barn. The grain is locked up but boy do they have fun with the hay. The sheep stall is right next to Skye and she can reach her head towards it.
Her ears must have been in full use that night, because when I arrived the gate was wide open and the sheep were lying down right by it, but not one had gone out.
She was in control. Her ears let them know what she was thinking. Flat back anger: warning. Forward: acknowledgment and welcome. One back one forward: what's going on here?
With ears forward, nostrils flared, Skye is trying to figure out who's there. She is such a good lead mare!