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.