Babs (front) and her new beau, Prince.
This winter has been a swap-mate circus at the Salt River. Apparently Mother Nature is promoting strong genetic diversity through her own equine version of The Dating Game.
Today I was very surprised to find one of my favorite mares with a new fellow. This is her second new mate in just a few months. He's youngish and darkly handsome, with a somewhat checkered past. Apart from his good looks, he's widely admired for his strong loyalty to his mate of the past 18 or so months. So it will be interesting to see what kind of guy he is now with a new female in the mix.
And also interesting to see if his current mate sticks around. Time will tell.