So, I was over at my cousin's barn today.
We did barn chores and then I hopped on Chance for a trail ride. Chance behaved okay. My cousin rode Gwen and she was not happy
Then we took turns riding a horse named Wasabi bareback. He is SO comfy and easy to ride bareback, it was amazing! We worked on turning him because even though he's eighteen he's still kind of green and by the end he was weaving through three cones all the way through them :). He's such a cute pony, he tries his best!
Her instructor has an eight year old son and we think he left the door to the chicken coop open, because when we went to the animal barn the door was wide open. The chickens were all over the place. Gabrielle is somewhat frightened of chickens so she held the door open while I herded the chickens like some kind of sheepdog lol! The roosters were so STUPID. I don't know if this is something that usually happens with chickens or if it was just them but MAN.
This one rooster absolutely did not get it. We held the door to the coop wide open (the chickens didn't try to escape a second time) and I literally ushered/herded him in a direct path to the coop. He took a good look at it, and WALKED AWAY!
He also got outside several times and once I had to chase him through thorns and burrs
I had to go into the cow pen several times to chase them out. Thankfully the cows didn't care about the chickens. But the first time I went in they chased me and according to Gabe they were bucking at the same time. I ran to the other gate and jumped on and swung my leg over. You are probably laughing but you see how brave you are when a bunch of cows are running after you!
My cousin was very amused and thought it was hilarious.
Other chickens were in with the goats and sheep. It was a mess because the sheep did NOT like all of the hullabaloo. Luckily all but one of the chickens were eventually safe in their coops. The one who's still out is the one I pointed out as the dumbest of the bunch. We spent a good amount of time and effort concentrating on getting him in particular in the coop, but sadly to no avail.
Some sources say I was swearing a little but I like to think I did my sheepdog duty with the utmost grace and dignity :)
Also, word to the wise: Saying "Bad chicken!" will not dissuade a chicken from doing something. Who knew?