I did go up yesterday, though, because of this mare...
|One of us is more impressed than the other...|
|"I am not a number - I am a free horse!"|
So minor heart attack at the barn today. I come to feed and Cessa is NOT in the barn. But she was earlier and no one moved her.
I have to go back to the camera to find out when she actually got out. But I'm looking around trying to find her panicking and see her in the alleyway down to the pasture ...okay no problem. Except Rook is with her!! HOW THE FUCK
Rook is one of the stallions. Who should be inside a 6' fence. Oops.
So they are just walking the alleyway munching grass. She's not cycling for him so not overly worried about that part. But more of a... now to see how did Rook got out. Lol
Yep. She learned how to lift the latch on the new stall-fronts and escaped. *facepalm* Good news is, she went for the herd instead of trying to escape the property and was pretty easy to catch. And we got it all on stall video, so we know exactly what she did and how to stop it happening again.
As for the stallion... we know he can't jump that high, but we think he found a low spot in the fence and just kind of... shimmied over, possibly with a face-plant at the end. You know, as you do when you're a draft stallion...
Also good news: the medication regimen, ration balancer and shit hay (Dr. B's orders!), and spending her time either in the arena or in the barn has turned Cessa from a hippo to an actual horse, if still not exactly a racing-trim one. She's hated it - she's super food-oriented, and all reports are that she's been just an absolute ear-pinning bitch at feeding time - but it's worked. We're tapering off the meds now, with an eye towards sending her back out to the pasture soon - just, y'know, not this soon.
...Also, I cut off her mane while I was there. How the hell she had elflocks after a month and a half in the barn or arena, I do not know, but she was a sweaty mess underneath all that hair. It wasn't a pretty job, but it was too gross to go fetch a halter when she got fidgety, so I just called it good at that point. I'll probably tidy it up later, when it's not so godawful out.
As for miss Dragon:
She is also fiercely independent, has a surprisingly long and lush tail and a very adult head, loves people, and is just generally the best. :) She'll be going to baby boot camp in the fall with the other babies - the trainer that worked with Cessa and a lot of the other horses at the barn will take 'em and make sure that basic manners are fully installed - and she might get entered in a video draft horse show while she's there. In which case I will have video of her trotting in-hand that doesn't involve me trying to run along with a trotting horse, which I'm excited about. (I am not a runner, unless you are looking for the slowest-motion jog ever, and that was before I gained a lot of weight...)