Grijala the Teacher

Ever since the first time I saw Grijala, he always liked to play. Despite being a big horse, he had the tendency to take younger bachelors under his wing. As he became more serious about getting a band, I worried that his playful side might change. When I next saw him with the mares Graciana and Oceana, I was happy to see him learning by keeping them away from other bands. They’re a small band, but they seem content.

Unlike other stallions, Grijala doesn’t seem to mind the presence of younger bachelors. His mares don’t seem to mind either. During one morning, he spent almost the entire time playing with the new bachelor Miguel. Grijala acted like it was serious, squealing and pawing, but he may have been having more fun than the bachelors. It put me in mind of lions who act like their cubs hurt them to give them confidence.

Grijala gently plays with Miguel.

Grijala gently plays with Miguel.

Grijala acts like Miguel had a chance of hurting him.

Grijala acts like Miguel had a chance of hurting him.

Grijala eventually returned to his band. The bachelors grazed nearby. Soon, they got a little too close and Grijala chased them, but not too far away. I have no doubt it didn’t take long for the play to resume. The attention Grijala gives to the bachelors will teach them about being band stallions.

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