Emma's arrival was soon followed by two American paint horses who had known each other their entire lives. While they stuck together, Emma kept to herself - until a familiar face showed up.
Pokey, another American quarter horse, and Emma used to belong to the same couple. When they decided to sell Emma to another family, she was kept at the same ranch but separated from Pokey by a fence, so the two horses couldn't interact much anymore.
Pokey's family decided to give him up and turned him over to Friske - who reunited him with Emma and placed the two in an open pasture where they could finally be together as much as they wanted.
"Once Pokey came, they had their boyfriend-girlfriend relationship back," Friske said. "Now he protects her, and she's the first one to eat."
"If she wants to get the best shade spot, she'll get the best shade spot, because Pokey stands guard and makes sure that she's taken care of," he added.