This morning I noted that the horses were all looking a little plump.
It occurred to me that they must be going into the huge 5 acre pasture at night – and eating whatever weeds they could find. So after I fed them breakfast (and distracted them) I explored the huge pasture and found manure all around. Clearly they had been visiting in the cool evenings.
(Previous to this revelation, I had thought they were too afraid of that pasture to enter it because I had never seen them go down there… but I think now it is just too far away from water during daylight hours.)
Anyway, when I came back up and decided to close off that pasture to them, I made a note to self to fix the gate latch because it felt kinda hinky. And then I immediately forgot. Devilishly cute Crazy Herding Dog Puppy becomes hysterical whenever I am out with the horses which makes me a bit hysterical and we all lose our minds until order is restored.
MY BRIGHT IDEA
Since I had shut the big pasture to the herd of horses, I thought maybe Norma, Dodger and Annie would like to check it out. None of them have ever been in a space that large (well, I’m not sure about Annie…) and I wondered how they would do.
So, I opened their gate to the huge field.
Annie went through immediately. No worries. She was the bravest of them all. I did go in there with her and I pointed out that she needed to be mindful. She seemed to understand and was very thoughtful and delicate with her foot placement.
Norma, however, had been laying down when I opened the gate… and she stayed there. Dodger cleaned up the scraps from breakfast, now that Annie was gone. They seemed uninterested, for sure.
Fine. I went inside.
After about 30 minutes, I went out to check on Annie and I couldn’t even see her, that was how far she had wandered. But I did notice the other herd pushed against their fence, totally jealous that Annie was in their big pasture – and they weren’t.
Me: What? You guys have never even gone into that pasture during the day.
Me: Well, why is it so important today?
Them: Duh!! It is so obvious. Look! She’s in there!!!
Me: Yeah, and…?
Them: This is OUTRAGEOUS!
Me: Just everyone calm down. I’ll let you in there tonight.
Them: That is NOT good enough! Get her out!
I went inside…
The second part of this story is better told in photos…
1) PERSONALIZED AND SIGNED special photo (not on the internet) of Samson, the wild mustang who is the subject of LAST CHANCE MUSTANG.
2) PHONE CONSULTATION WITH MITCH! OK, this one is really special… Mitch is a very successful consultant for difficult to train horses and their owners/trainers. Mitch is offering a half hour consultation! What an incredible offer!!!