We joke they are like a gang. Each year we see them form bonds and friendships. They run and play and seem to have a lot of fun together.
Each year a leader emerges. This year the leader is Stormy:
His gang includes these 1/2 sisters (they share the same sire, our own Tucker):
The leader is the one who rounds them all up to play. They will do this by going over to the other cria and nudging them. They sometimes nudge the moms but rarely will a mom join in the games.
Here he is nudging Ruby to join in the fun. Ruby isn't sure she wants to just yet, so trying to push him back:
And here is Stormy racing with Raspberry:
In this picture you can see the sign difference between the cria - Ruby is the petite one, Stormy the biggest and Raspberry the really dark one. Don't worry, while they look like they are going after Maddie, they aren't (and even if they did, she can handle herself, no fear of this cria gang of cuties):
We have a few more cria yet to be born this year. I wonder if they will all join in the same gang, or if they might start another one. In years past we've only had 3 or 4 cria, this year we have 8 expected.