The owners are in the middle of putting up a new fence. Just this week, they've cleared out a lot of area. And now, the pony, William is escaping. He does no wrong. He just hangs outside the bar. They've all joked with me telling me he just wants to see me.
William is one clever pony. They've been using an electric fence for years and to tell you how well the other two horses respect the fence, the fence was shut off prior to getting William. He started to crawl under the fence to get out. Not only was the fence turned back on, they doubled it. He's been doing good forever and now he's getting out again. And nobody could figure out where until today.
A patron came in and told me William was out. I went outside to get him and the silly boy..he gave himself away. Dried up weeds hanging on his back..in his ears..on his mane. And by the fence? Clearly the dried up weeds he crawled through. He had no halter on, but for a few steps, he walked with me. Then he realized the grass was greener on that side and refused to move. The owner came up to help me and I went in to get carrots. He told me on the way in that I better grab two. Behind him was the mare on her way to greener grass. She was controllable though lol.
So, I got the carrot, and William followed it. Until he got to the open fence. He decided he was going no further. That fence was never on before and so he never got zapped by it. I think he knew that if he stepped over, he'd be back inside. He was so standing his ground. Those little hooves, I swear they were digging into the dirt! He had his neck stretched as far as it would go. Still digging in the dirt, he stretched his lips trying to get that carrot. The owner got a twig and I warned William by saying, "Yer about to get a spankin!" Instead of going into the pasture, he turned and wanted to go the other way. I went to him with the carrot and only then did he follow me into the pasture. Like " I suppose I gotta now!" When he got back inside, he just stood by his escape route..now a double fence and is hot. That clever guy...he'll find somewhere else I'm sure haha.
Let's see if I can find a picture of him.
I just love that little guy!