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HowClever 06-06-2010 10:27 AM

What a weekend!
Sometimes I think my horses truly and honestly get kicks out of scaring the absolute living daylights out of me!

Yesterday I took a friend out to the paddock to meet the horses and go for a bit of a ride. She's been living on the other side of the country for a few years and hasn't had a chance to ride in a very long time. Anyway, she got to ride a couple of horses so she was stoked.

We were wandering down the alleyway taking Fanta back to her paddock, chatting merrily, when I looked up and noticed my paddock appeared to be 2 horses short. We finished the trek up there and I did a proper head count, sure enough, no sign of Trojan or Kody.

Of course at this point my heart is racing a hundred miles an hour, as I was scouring the paddock, checking fence lines for horses trapped in fences, checking the ground for horses down and not getting up. Nothing.

We trudged up the paddock and I spotted it. Right up the very back corner. Fence down. Little devils. That fence borders on to state bushland. Awesome.

I started franticly calling their names. Surprisingly, I got answers. From total opposite directions. Even better. I continued to call and Kody popped out from behind the trees in one of the neigbouring properties paddocks. Thank God. We opened up their back gate and let him back in to his own paddock, locked up their gate again and turned around to search the other paddocks for Trojan.

At this point I was calling for Tj and receiving an answer each time. Unfortunately each answer was sounding more and more panicked. He was not at all impressed with having found himself separated from Kody and all his other buddies.

I looked up the top of the hill, just in time to see a black blur go hurtling along the crest of the hill. Probably, half a kilometre away and on somebody else's property again.

Luckily at this point my cousin had driven up the paddock to see why we hadn't come back down to the sheds yet. So we jumped in her car and she drove us up the top of the hill, to the end of our property. We got out and started trudging through the bush calling again.

Eventually we found him. Drenched in sweat, nostrils flared, clearly freaked out! We took our time and got him to settle enough to get him haltered and began the loooong walk back to his paddock.

After an eventful walk back, due to poor Trojan being completely and utterly freaked out of his mind, spooking all over the place, we stopped him outside the gate of his paddock and checked him over. His legs are a bit scratched up, nothing serious though. Most of the damage was done to his hooves, they have several large chips out of them and a lot of smaller ones too.

So there you have it. The story of my weekend. Believe me when I say I hope that I never have to deal with that stress again! The fence is fixed and reinforced now and they've managed to stay out of trouble for a whole 24 hours now. Here's hoping!

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HowClever 06-06-2010 09:28 PM

friendly bump for my sorry tale

farmpony84 06-06-2010 09:52 PM

I hate when they do that! Sometimes I think they are just having a "nobody loves me" moment. They run off so that they can scare the crap out of you for no reason. Then for the next few days you find yourself wondering, are they quieter then usual? Is that leg swelled? Is he stiff? Are you going to colic? Have you gotten out again? Is the fence locked? Then you end up getting up in the middle of the night, just to check on them... UGH!

Glad it all turned out great!

HowClever 06-06-2010 09:57 PM

Precisely! I'm sitting here at the moment waiting to go out the paddock and keep having horrible flashes of Tj down and not getting up, tried to bust through the fence again and got caught, ugh so many things! It's times like these I wish more than ever that my horses were on my property so I could just run outside and make sure all was well!

farmpony84 06-06-2010 10:04 PM

Mine are on my property now and I do on occasion jump out of bed at night and rush down to the barn only to wake them up. I even have a spotlight I'll shine down on them (usually ends up spooking them and they high tail it back to the barn).

When they were at my brothers house I would drive down there in the middle of the night (after a scare) and then shut the lights off so that my brothers wouldn't think I was some crazy person and then sneak out to the barn, but they always caught me.... and they know I'm insane... sniff...

HowClever 06-06-2010 10:12 PM

Ahh I can only imagine what the people who actually do live on our horse property think of me then! The amount of times I'll be chilling at home and suddenly I just have a moment when I just KNOW somethings wrong and I have to check. 9 times out of 10 they all look up at me either from grazing or napping with an expression that just about screams "OH, go home! We're fine!"

But then of course, I get the 1 time out of 10 when I'm right, and someone is hurt or not quite 100 % and that is enough to justify the cycle all over again!

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