Thursday afternoon I left work a tad early so that I could get out to my horse's during daylight hours to check on them in this bitterly cold weather.
My boarding person had locked my horses up for me in one of the corrals when they had come home for water that day. Makes it quicker for me that I don't have to go walk 120 acres to find them, when I've only got so many daylight minutes to work with.
My trailer is parked about 100 yards from the barn and corrals and that's where I keep all my stuff. I grabbed a halter, some grain, and a brush and hoof pick and started walking to the barn.
It's cold out (well below zero with a cold windchill) so I'm bundled up tight. As I'm coming up to the barn, I see my two horses in their little corral and a child building a little snow fort/pile next to the corral. Figured it was one of the other boarder's children, as the lady who owns the place doesn't have any children of that age. He maybe was around 9 years old or so. As I'm walking to the barn, I see him (as he is kneeling behind his little fort of sorts) throw a snowball at my horses.
As I continue to walk closer, he grabs another snowball, and throws another one at my two horses.
He's bundled up as well, so I am sure he cannot hear me walking up behind him; plus he has his back to me.
When I am about 20 to 30 feet away, he throws ANOTHER snowball at my horses, this time actually hitting Red. He still has no idea I am walking up behind him.
So immediately after he throws that 3rd snowball, I say loudly: "You building a fort there?"
He whirls around, shocked there was someone watching him throw snowballs. I can tell he's nervous he is in trouble. When I got a little bit closer, I simply said "Please do not throw snowballs at my horses."
My horses weren't spooking and they weren't even caring he was throwing snowballs (good boys!), so no harm was done, but still. You don't throw snowballs at MY horses.
I just absolutely loved his facial expression when he whirled around, though. Haha. Still makes me laugh.
Come to find out his mom (younger gal, close to my age I would say) was standing in a stall in the barn (which opens to the outside) putting a blanket on her horse. There was full view of my horses in their little corral right in front of that stall only 10 feet away. It's possible she wasn't paying attention, but it's also possible she saw him throwing snowballs at my horses, and didn't correct him. Who knows.
But again, no harm done.
I just found it absolutely hilarious how RED HANDED I caught this kid. Ha.