The Great Horse Escape Part 1

| 2/25/2012 12:14:00 PM

Tags: horses, escape, runaway, Rhino, neighbors, Shana Thornhill,

Shana head shotI think that my daughter is just about the sweetest thing in Creation. When I was whooping and hollering and doing the happy dance around the house after finding out that I get to write a newspaper column for a local paper, she said “Mommy, what’s wrong?”

“I’m going to get published in the paper!” I hollered. (Of course, I’m leaving out many more exclamation points!)

Well, when my husband got home, I couldn’t wait to tell him the news, but she beat me to it. “Daddy! Guess what? Mommy’s going to get punished in the paper! Can I get punished in the paper too?” Of course, I had to promise her that she’d get “punished” too. Now she’s going to be “punished” in this blog. That should make her day!

Thinking of her reminds me of the night of her parent-teacher conference last fall. Since it was my first PT conference, I dressed up a little bit (nice jeans, nice shirt, you know the drill). We were on the way out the door to take the kids next door for our neighbors to look after while we were gone. I looked out to see that one of my horses (Aurora) had her head stuck under the fence in search of more green goodness. Intending to shoo her back in, I walked down and raised my arms. She raised her neck ... AND the fence. She then proceeded to walk straight through.

 Aurora the Perpetrator 

Just to give you a bit of background here, I got both of my horses for free. Aurora is a black 14-year-old ¾ Arabian mare that I got from a lady who was moving and needed to place her horses in less than a month. Aces is a dapple grey 5-year-old ½ Arabian mare that I got from a friend who couldn’t ride anymore. They’re both broke to ride, but I haven’t worked them in a while.

2/29/2012 3:43:29 AM

We had 150 head of dairy cows and the whole herd would decide to escape through an open gate occasionally, no amount of calling would convince them to turn around until we got the lead cows attention. Once you turned her around the rest would follow. Don't want to think about the time Dad bought silage that had fermented in a pit for a couple of years. You haven't lived until you've been around that many drunk stampeding cows.

2/28/2012 2:49:52 AM

Shana, never a dull moment on a homestead with animals. I can't tell you how much time I've spent herding animals into a place that they didn't want to go. In my humble experience the worst animal to keep penned and make return to their pen when they escape is pigs. They are natural born escape artists. If there's a way to get out they will find it. You want to find out how good your fences are, turn the hogs out. They will test every inch of it. What they can't crawl under or climb over, they will chew through it. I kind of like just watching the wild life and not having to take care of them. Have a great day on the homestead.

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