Don't know what made me decide to check on the horses early today, but I was very glad I did. Got to the farm to find that G had moved in a new bale for the horses, but the horses were nowhere to be seen. No tracks in the new snow, either.
So I grabbed the halters and set off in search of the missing. Sure enough, the gate out into the big cow pasture wasn't closed.
|Do you see what I see?|
|Ponies amid the cows|
|The cows said, "Ooh! A scary person!"|
A prancing pony in each hand I started back - they were plenty wired, and I had my hands full. All the practice the three of us have had leading together this year paid off today for sure - if they weren't used to leading on either side and respectful about keeping slack in the leadropes, I'd have lost them a couple of times. Complicating matters, the new snow covered over the many holes in the cow pasture. Thunder and I managed to avoid them all, but Sunny stumbled into a shallow one and came up in a poof! of snow. No damage done, thank goodness!
Back through the open panel into their pasture, another exercise in horse-juggling since we couldn't all walk through at once. No place to secure them and the electric gate was down, too - so it was on through their pasture and up to the top lot. I locked them in and they had a drink and a chance to scavenge the morning's windfall corn from the base of the big grain bin while I went back and secured the pass-through and restrung the electric gate. Once that was done, I let them out again and they circled a few times while I cut the twine off their new bale. They must have been tired from their adventure, because they settled down in a sheltered spot with their butts to the wind. Nap time.