Wasn't sure where to put this, but thought most forum buddies would get a kick out of it and may have a horse story also to share.
Okay, some background - real fast- Pistol is my 4yr. Old Morgan/TB cross. I bred and raised him with the intention of using him for jumping and dressage. He's out of OM Jacob Ash - Lippett bred Morgan and Soy La Una - TB mare out of Roberto/Spruce Princess. I had him saddle broke last year and kept up with riding him through the fall/winter of 2011/2012. I decided to put him out to pasture this spring because I was going to be so busy campaigning my crazy quarterhorse mare, Dandy. So, where I live it is all cattle country and the land is owned by either the City of Los Angeles - even though I don't live anywhere close to LA, they just want our water or the Bureau of Land Management. It is all barbed wire fencing. Yes, I know, here I have this horse that I want to compete on and if he gets himself hung up in a fence it could all be over. But the other choice was to have him standing in a 24 x 24 for days on end without being ridden. So, I said a big prayer and put him out to pasture. The place I found the owners live right there and are always checking the fences and making sure they are upright and tight. He's in a pasture with 2 other horses and of course they are best buds now. I went out to check on him - I go out about every 4 days to look him over and fly wipe him. I had to go up to the house to pay my board bill for the month and the owner says he's got a story to tell me about Pistol. I haven't seen Pistol yet so I'm thinking " Oh crap! He got hung up in a fence." Jim tells me the owner of the other two horses came over to do a trail ride. She took out her two, saddled them and then proceed to ride down the road. Pistol was still in the pasture but following along the fence line, probably thinking, "hey, how come I'm on this side?" So as they reached the end of the fence line and he could no longer follow, from a standing position he cleared the 5 strand barb wire fence. Of course the lady and her friend were wondering what to do now, but I'm sure Pistol had the look on his face that said, "Okay, I'm ready to go, so what's the hold up." Luckily the owner was at the mail box and was watching to make sure Pistol didn't do anything silly-like try to run through the fence. The lady and her friend rode back up the road with Pistol following and Jim was able to put a halter on him and then they put him in a 6 foot high corral so the lady to go on her ride. Jim has now moved him and the other two horses into a pasture closer to the house, because the owner of the other two horses will be picking them up the first of July. There are two other horses in this pasture as well, so hopefully Pistol will buddy up with them and when the other two leave, it won't be so heart breaking. But I did tell the owner that if there was a problem when the other horses leave to call me and I will come pick him up. I don't want a repeat of the fence jumping.
So not only does this new pasture have two new horses in it, it also has a big pond. Yep! He's part labrador. The owner came out the next day, this would have been Sunday, May 27th and Pistol was in the pond splashing around and swimming with the goldfish/coy. Pistol's mother loved water. She would climb in her water trough when she got hot and splash herself. So, I had to give her two water trough's. One that she could climb in and a tall one to drink out of. When Pistol was little he couldn't get into the water trough like his mom, so I used to fill up one of those hard plastic wading pools - you can buy at Walmart or Kmart and he would lay down in it.
Okay, last but not least. I'm surprised they aren't charging me more board, but then for entertainment value maybe I should be charging them. In this same pasture is an area that is dry, no water hits it, so it is just sand and sagebrush. There is a large mound of sand/dirt and on top of this mound - stuck in it - is a very tall/large sheet metal Kokopelli statue. On Tuesday when Jim went down the driveway to pick up the mail and then head back home he noticed that the Kokopelli statue was not in the mound, but there was another statue standing on top of the hill. Yep, Pistol had pulled the Kokopelli statue out of the mound and he was standing on top of it, so he could have a nice view of the surrounding area.
Here's some pictures of the boy. The first few at 1 month old. "Hey, I'm just smelling this, I'm not going to do anything. And then one of him at the trainers. I don't have any of him out at the pasture, but I'll take some this weekend.