Thanks for the great responses - I love this forum!!
Hi G and K! No I'm not in BC, I'm just north of Seattle. The cougar sighting was in one of the north Seattle neighborhoods! Rare, but there was a cougar caught in a Seattle park back in the late 80's or early 90's. We had a bear caught in our neighborhood about 2 or 3 years ago! Not sure how they get around the city, but the wild critters do!
Luvs2ride - unfortunately there is no way to connect the paddock to the barn. It's a bit of an unusual set-up. We are boarding in a very exclusive neighborhood just north of Seattle where most home owners have 2 or 3 acres. Some have horses but most do not. All have beautiful mansions. Anyway, the barn owners have grown children who had horses growing up but the barn has been empty for a few years and they were kind enough to let me rent a stall for Lily. They haven't ever done this so it is kind of on a "let's see how this goes" basis. It's working out really well for us and I'm hoping it works out for them and this will be long term. I'm trying to be the best and easiest renter, so I'm not comfortable asking to put up an additional shelter yet!
Lily was a stable horse before we bought her so a stall isn't foreign to her. I just hate the thought of keeping her so cooped up! I'll go shopping for a few toys for her this weekend. We'll just see how it goes.