Every herd has a dominant mare who watches out for the others, disciplining them if need be to keep the herd structure intact. In our case, that mare is Suzy. The oldest of our horses, She uses her wisdom and her influence to keep all of the horses safe. Born in 2000, Suzy is a Clydesdale mare who was bred in the little town of Mountain, south of Ottawa. Note the heart on her left knee, and look in our other pictures for the eclipse on her forehead.
Suzy and Duke have been companions for more than ten years. The bond between them surpasses their relationships with other horses, and their separation while Duke goes out to work and Suzy stays home to enjoy her more leisurely lifestyle. Suzy hears the truck and trailer coming and begins to whinny before it comes down the driveway. When he comes into the barn, she sniffs him thoroughly to ensure he is still Duke, and then releases him to the water trough and the hay bale.