A new horse arrived at our yard last night and his stable is next to Phoebe's. He's a stallion - which means that he is 'entire' as opposed to a gelding - which is a male horse that has had his 'nads cut off. Stallions have a strange effect on mares (you don't say?) so I'll be interested to see what kind of mood she's in when I get to the yard shortly. Obviously stallions have 'urges' and many more hormones racing through their bloodstream than geldings and so can't be left alone with mares. They are separated by a stable wall and some wooden panelling has been put up over the bars that separate them so that they can't bite each other through the bars. But she'll still know he's there and be able to sense his 'entirety'. Hmmm....a bit like girls when they're out on the pull. Phoebe has been known to be a bit of a 'winker' in the past (and I'm not going to explain that terminology - use your imagination) and even though she's middle aged - there's many a good tune played on an old fiddle!!! I have a feeling she'll be in a bit of a strange - and un-cooperative mood today.