So… I opened the gates to the large field for Dodger and Norma AND Gwen.
Normally, I just open for one of the other … but today, since Dodger and Norma like Gwen (enough), I thought I’d put them out together. After all, now that Dodger is mostly blind and mostly deaf, he is less confident to go into the field. If Gwen is there, he feels more secure.
OK, so, instead of letting Dodger and Norma out alone, I opened the lower gates to both fields so they could all be in the large field – together.
Dodger and Norma have a fan going during the day… and they have covers from the sun and wind.
Gwen has a nice shelter. Her feeder is in the corner where Dodger and Norma stand by their fan. Gwen has watched this daily.
Dodger and Norma like to go to new, SAFE places.
SO, I OPENED BOTH OF THEIR GATES AND…they switched.
They simply reversed positions.
Yup. They went out their gates, into the large field, and then back up to the other horses’ paddock. Once in position, Gwen sat by the fan and ate the rest of their food – and Dodger and Norma sat by Gwen’s feeder.
AND GWEN ATE THE TREE. DOUBLE SIGH.
Oh and Gwen ate all the Mulberry leaves that she could reach (that the ponies couldn’t) in Dodger and Norma’s pasture. I forgot about that … I should have figured she’d do that.