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        10-26-2011, 11:34 AM
    They are at it again

    My typical day starts with me leaving the house and whistling for the horses to come up to the paddock from the pasture to be fed. I then head to the workshop (a room behind the garage) to feed the cats, unlock the gate to the duck house to let the ducks out, then over to the barn to feed the horses and clean.

    I left the house this morning, whistled for the horses then went in the workshop for the cats. On the way out, as I was opening the workshop door, I hear the clipper clapper of little hoves on the cement floor of the garage. There was Chocolate and Rocky. They got out on to the hay field from the pasture and came up to the garage so that they could follow me to the paddock. I opened the paddock gate and let them in for feeding.

    When Rocky was with me a year ago, this was a regular occurrence but Chocolate never did. It only took Rocky 3 days to get back into the swing of things and bring Chocolate along. Thank goodness that wherever they managed to get out from was too small for the other 3 to escape.

    Since they are locked in the paddock during the day, they are safe until I get home tonight and go looking for their escape route. Looks like some fencing needs to be done this weekend.
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        10-26-2011, 11:48 AM
    Have fun finding those holes! :)
        10-26-2011, 01:16 PM
    Our horses are very quick to let us know if there are any shortcomings in our fences. Fortunately, they never seem to want to go anywhere but our carport (where the feed is stored). One day a couple slipped through the back fence where a tree had blown down (our place is 1/2 mile deep) walked all the way around to the front yard and into the carport, where they proceeded to try to pull the lids off the feed barrels. We had to put them in the lot and backtrack through the mud to find out where they got out at.

    At least it wasn't through the pond that time! We have a huge pond that crosses our north fence line. It's a royal pain to keep the fence up where it crosses the pond - fishermen - who do NOT have permission to fish in our pond, will start fishing on the other side of the fence from us (where we can't do anything about it) and then cut the fence that crosses the pond so they can drift their scamp over onto our side of the pond where the fishing is better. We've had to warn one or two that they will be shot if we catch them down there again...and we have no trespassing signs on the wire...but they just get taken down.

    Right now, the pond is so low that the horses can just walk under the fence. The mud is really deep, and my biggest fear is that one of the horses will get stuck in the mud. You'd think it would be a great time to put up extra fencing, but the mud makes it nigh on impossible!

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