Enough is enough!
Bah Humbug with having to be in a barn (or a small veranda) all day and night!
Time to get O-U-T and be a horse!
So, I opened her gate this morning and left it wide open.
Then I went inside.
WHAT PROMPTED THIS?
I don’t know… I just felt it was time. I felt that at this point in her recovery, her state of mind would probably make more of a difference in her improvement than anything else.
Why not let her out?
She is smart. She will take care of herself.
It was just time.
SO I LET HER OUT
Actually, I forgot about her… I went inside and promptly got busy and forgot she was out there. And when I remembered, Tess had only walked around her little area – but on the outside.
So, I went back down there and told her that it was OK. She was well enough and strong enough – she just had to avoid rocks and be careful.
Don’t overdo it!
And I went back inside.
THE NEXT TIME I CHECKED…
She had ventured all the way to the pony pasture. As I came outside to take photos, she nickered at me and kinda made her way back.
I told her she could stay out… but I think she knew she had done enough.
MT gingerly made her way across the rocky driveway and down the slope to her veranda. She walked in and gave me a very happy look. She seemed quite pleased with herself.
She also seemed tired.
Immediately, she fluffed up her bed area and plopped down – contented.
Yes, she is lame. Yes, she walks slowly. But, a year ago, she had no chance for survival… and today, she had a huge smile on her face.
From now on, if I am home, she will be on the “out” rotation. MT will have ‘out time’ every day! She’s earned it.
How wonderful xoxo
This is wonderful and it makes my heart happy.
It actually brings tears to me eyes to see all those pics and they are good tears!
Thank you for sharing.
What a great story! MT has deserved time out to wander! She does pull at my heart strings!
Dawn, it will definitely be good for her mental health to be out and about. And as you say a year ago there didn’t seem much hope. She certainly looks very content. “Keep up the good work MT”. x Christine, England.