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For the past few months, my mini, Chocolate, has become an escape artist. It is not unusual to see her wondering around our 25 acre farm (which, incidentally, borders a 100 acre reservoir). If she hears my car coming up the driveway, she will often meet me when I park to see if I have a treat for her. The paddock area is the only place that I can contain her and that is where I put her when I take my horse out for a ride.

This past Sunday I loaded my mare and headed out to meet my riding partner. We planned on being out for a few hours ride and the trail I headed to was about an hour from the farm. We were out on the trail for an hour when I got a text from my wife telling me that Chocolate was safe and over at my friend John’s farm. This, of course, initiated a phone call. Seems that Chocolate had escaped the paddock and wondered down the driveway out to the road. She was spotted by a neighbor on the bridge that crosses the reservoir and chased back to my farm. My wife had no idea that she was gone until she got the call that the mini was on the road. By that time Chocolate was back in the pasture.

My wife went out to work on the garden and Chocolate came over to give her a hand. Next thing she knew, the mini took off and ran down the driveway again, this time making in across the bridge, up the hill on the road and up my friend John’s driveway. John was able to catch the mini and put her in his pasture. I told my wife that I would pick her up when I was heading back from my ride.

A little while latter I was texted again telling me that I didn’t have to pick up Chocolate and that she was locked safely in the barn … and that she must be a good swimmer. That prompted another phone call.

John’s pasture is fenced on 3 sides with the forth side being the lake. After an hour of chocolate running back and forth in John’s pasture (my wife could see her and hear her from our place), it got quiet so my wife figured she settled down. She was out working on the garden again when the pony passed her and went over to the duck’s food for a snack. Chocolate was soaked from head to hoof. Apparently, when she could not find a way through John’s fence, she took the lake home and swam under the bridge and up the embankment at our place. My wife locked her in the barn until I got home.

I need to find a new home for Chocolate.
 

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That's one of the reasons my parents told me "no ponies" when I started keeping Soda at their house. They unbent for Lily, but we now have a chain on our gate..

I agree that we need some pics of the little stinker!
 

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Hmmm, and they say "a little" chocolate is good for you! :lol:

With her reputation as an escape artist, I wonder if re homing may be a bit of a challenge. She's like a homing pigeon, nothing gets in her way! :shock:
 

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oh wow! What an amazing story! I think we need to see pictures of this little scamp!
There is a picture in "my barn". She is a lovable little thing but I can't trust her not to wonder away again. I've repaired the fence several times but she just knows how to get out.
 

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There is a picture in "my barn". She is a lovable little thing but I can't trust her not to wonder away again. I've repaired the fence several times but she just knows how to get out.

Thanks! Since posting I thought...duh! He must have a pic in his barn so ran off to check. Cute as a button!

errr...and no...I don't want a mini. Well...I'd love a bakers dozen but don't need them and certainly don't have the secure facilities for them.

Good luck to you! :)
 

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ahh, the joys of having minis. They're little buggars, arent they?!

Working on a farm that has about 25 miniatures and shetlands, I know exactly how you feel. Even with top quality fencing, it's nearly impossible to keep some of them in. We actually had to fence up the ENTIRE perimeter (35 acres) in order to ensure that ours could not get out onto the rode. Our farm is adjacent to a very busy road, and one of our horses was almost killed when he escaped out onto it last year. Besides the perimeter fence, we also had to have a fence installed that seperated the parking lot from our main grounds, and yet another fence and large gate that seperated the parking lot from the road. This way if a mini were to escape, it would have to escape it's normal paddock fence, the land fence, AND the parking lot fence. xD

One mini in particular, our now retired show stud - Montigo Bay - is the worst of all. He was constantly getting out no matter what we did. Eventually we had to go as far as buying steel panneled woven fencing, the same as what they use to keep the buffalo in our state park!!! You'd think we had a lunatic locked up in there, rather than an adorable, sweethearted little 27" miniature.

Silly Chocolate, quit making your owners crazy! Hoping that you find some way to resolve the situation, or find a great new home for her! An asylum maybe? ;P
 
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She sounds adorable and...mischievous :lol:

Talking about escape artists...kinda off topic but at this farm I worked at, they had a little black and white goat they called Goat Dog. She was supposed to be (male, but that's another story) a petting zoo goat but she would not stay in any pen no matter what. They finally gave up and she roamed the property like a dog, free to wriggle into and out of any pen she wanted. They also had a donkey that free roamed named Old Fred (He was only 10 though). They never did go off property though.
 

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Sounds like a little troublemaker. My mare has an escape artist in her as well, thankfully I haven't seen this in a while. The last place I boarded she got out of the fence a couple of times and the last time she was escorted home by a police officer. He found her walking down the road around sunset. Strange thing is she finds her way through the fence without breaking it. They learned to make sure the fence was on and had no further problems, THANK GOD!!! My little Houdini also did this last fall when they forgot to turn the fence on. She was grazing the ditch grass, once again no broken fence she just somehow wiggles her way through...
 

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What a neat story and a wonderful little pony! I don't see how you could part with Chocolate! Such character!
I had a goat like this once, though. I was talked into it -the first and last goat I ever voluntarily owned. I refered to it as the creature from H-E-double toothpicks. I was so happy to see that goat gone! My family actually still asks me to tell them a "goat story". But a mini! No, thats different!!! Sounds so lovable and full of life!
 

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Wonderful and full of life .... except at 11:30 at night when I've settled in to sleep and the door bell rings because Chocolate was out on the road.

She has a new trick now - seems she goes out the fence on the other side of the farm to visit with my neighbor, she's been doing this all winter and gets treats from them. We had no idea until she told us that we need to do something because her house is now for sale and Chocolate came over wanting treats from a real estate broker and a prospective buyer.
 

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Wonderful and full of life .... except at 11:30 at night when I've settled in to sleep and the door bell rings because Chocolate was out on the road.

She has a new trick now - seems she goes out the fence on the other side of the farm to visit with my neighbor, she's been doing this all winter and gets treats from them. We had no idea until she told us that we need to do something because her house is now for sale and Chocolate came over wanting treats from a real estate broker and a prospective buyer.

:rofl:

I shouldn't laugh.

But really.. thats one savvy pony!!
 

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Wonderful and full of life .... except at 11:30 at night when I've settled in to sleep and the door bell rings because Chocolate was out on the road.

She has a new trick now - seems she goes out the fence on the other side of the farm to visit with my neighbor, she's been doing this all winter and gets treats from them. We had no idea until she told us that we need to do something because her house is now for sale and Chocolate came over wanting treats from a real estate broker and a prospective buyer.
That is absolutely precious! If I were the prospective buyer that totally would've sold me!
 

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Great News. I think Chocolate has a new home!! The daughter of the owner of my local tack shop is coming over on Friday - with her trailer. She is looking for a little companion horse and one that can be ridden by the 4 and 5 year olds - Chocolate is perfect for that.

I told her that any time she becomes a problem or that she doesn't work out, I would gladly take her back. We'll see on Friday afternoon.
 
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