Missy was long ago claimed by Buffy. Missy is Buffy's pony and she adores her. Buffy will play "My Little Pony" with Missy for hours and groom her, stand watch over her while she naps, and graze with her. Harmony of course gets along with Missy but definitely doesn't have a claim on Missy the way Buffy does.
Buffy scratching her head on Missy's rump
Cuff Links was introduced into the mix several weeks ago. He wasn't really interested in being Buffy's next "My Little Pony" and much preferred playing with the big boys over the fence. I think he is smart enough to know that he couldn't keep up with the big boys if they were on the same side of the fence! Anyway, from time to time I would see him hanging out with Missy when Buffy would allow her to be with a different horse. Missy didn't try to boss Cuffie around and tell him what to do. I have learned that Cuffie doesn't like to be told what to do, he is quite happy to make those choices for himself!
So everyone was co-existing happily like this and then MyLight was introduced into the equation. MyLight wants to be friends with everyone, including the big boys. She and Cuffie could often be seen playing with the boys over the fence. Thus I guess it was natural that MyLight and Cuffie started to bond, and Cuffie was starting to become MyLight's pony.
MyLight and Cuffie hanging out by the water trough
Suddenly Harmony realized that she was the only mare that didn't have her own pony. She decided that Cuffie would be her pony. I watched this play out for a couple of hours on Wednesday afternoon. MyLight and Cuffie were hanging out together and I watched Harmony gradually grazing her way closer and closer to them. Soon she had herself in between MyLight and Cuffie, and she began herding Cuffie away so that she could have him all to herself.
Harmony and Cuffie
MyLight seemed oblivious to what was happening at first. But then she employed Harmony's tactic. She started grazing her way closer and closer to Harmony and Cuffie, until she had put herself in between them. Cuffie was hers again!
MyLight back in position between Harmony and Cuffie
I watched these silly mares maneuver themselves around and continue to try and stake their claim on Cuffie for quite awhile. It was very entertaining. Cuffie mostly ignored all of the jockeying for position around him and carried on in his usual manner - head down and grazing.
Today there didn't seem to be as much maneuvering for position and everyone seemed to be sharing better. Often Cuffie was in between MyLight and Harmony and the two mares seemed content to share him equally. Buffy has been more possessive of Missy than usual in the last week as she has been adjusting to having MyLight as part of the family. I noticed that Buffy was definitely more relaxed today about allowing others to hang out with Missy.
It was very cute to watch the mares have their stealthy pony wars over the last few days. Yesterday afternoon I was wondering if I would have to move another pony into their group so that each mare could have her very own pony. However they seem to be getting things worked out and learning how to share the ponies!