What happened to my sweet Annie?
This girl was totally contented to live inside of her panel barracks for the first 6 weeks of her stay here. She never pushed on them, never asked for anything… in fact, she was a perfect angel for the weeks while I was attempting to get to know her and touch her.
But now… a few months later… this girl is full-blown BRUISER!
It is as if she sees fencing as a minor inconvenience on the way to grass.
There is a lot of grass in Grass Valley. Trouble is – it is all outside the fencelines.
IS THIS A PERCHERON THING?
Bodhi is half Percheron. He likes to break through things.
Annie is half Percheron. She likes to break through things.
Is this a Percheron thing?
Is it a ‘big horse’ thing?
Do all big horses wake up one day and realize their size – and then start breaking things?
I think so…
OF COURSE, SHE DOES THIS WHILE HUBBY IS AWAY AND I’M TRYING TO SHOW POTENTIAL RENTERS…
Of course, she starts this behavior just as I need everything to be perfect.
(We are in the process of acquiring a rental agent to help us find candidates – provided our escrow in Paso Robles continues as expected.)
Hopefully I can catch her dastardly deeds before she actually gets loose onto the streets of Grass Valley; but having panels tied all around her paddock does not look too great for potential renters.
At least I got a little smarter… After I realized that this ‘fence plowing’ was becoming a regular gig for her, I shut her out of her double pasture so that she could only destroy a smaller area.
I actually drove down to Tractor Supply TWICE last weekend, buying panels to cover up her transgressions.
MAYBE SHE PRIDES HERSELF IN BEING A FENCE ‘TESTER’…
I tell myself that she is finding the weak spots in the fencing for me.
But, I’d actually prefer that she just left them alone.
None of my smaller horses have ever, EVER tested and broken the fences like Annie (and Bodhi).
I cannot imagine the type of fencing they must have at the Budweiser horse farms! Of course, those are Clydes, not Percherons… so maybe they are fence angels. Dunno. I could write and ask but they’d probably laugh and say that they use fences tested by rhinos. That is what I need. Rhino fencing.
BUT SEE HOW MUCH BETTER SHE LOOKS SINCE HER INTAKE PHOTOS!
I probably am feeding her too well. Her sudden braun has made her feel like SuperHorse – able to destroy fences in a single push.
In the Sept photos, she looks a bit malnourished and boney. I’m still trying to figure out if she was pregnant or just had a wormy, bad hay belly.
Now, she looks filled out, taller and like a robust equine machine.
I still am not sure if she is pregnant. Some days I say, DEFINITELY NO. Then, we have days where she looks very plump and acts totally hormonal.
If I had to bet, I’d say NO. But, I am not certain. I check her udders and haunches every day – just to be safe.
The good news is that I can now touch all parts of her – except her tail. Still no way to palpate – but we are making progress. Also, she is a bit touchy on her back legs…
ANNIE THE HUN
I think Annie now feels healthy enough to show her true personality. She is a bit p-u-s-h-y. She is also hungry ALL THE TIME and she gets very mareish when she doesn’t get her way. Spoiled? Or pregnant and hormonal?
I just don’t know!
Her Pushy Highness has been dubbed, Annie the Hun, because she not only downs all the fences she can, Hunsie also pushes the ponies around when she is upset. I actually separated them because I was afraid for the elder Shetlands.
I think I have some training to do…