I may be exaggerating a tiny bit, but not by much.
It all started when I arrived at the barn after work to find Spud outside of the pen, grazing on grass just in front of the barn. Uhm, ok?
Slightly confused as to how he could've gotten out, I marched him back into the pasture and pulled Suzie out to tack up and get ready to ride. I didn't have any plans to bring Spud along, so I forked some hay into the feeder, tacked up, mounted and wandered off for a hack with a friend.
|The onset of the ride was pleasant.|
Suzie didn't really notice and after I pulled her bridle and saddle, she went straight to eating her grain-foods. I, however, started to get concerned.
I scanned over the pastures, checked the fencing, and frantically started to look around the barn and around the front yard. You see, the paddock set-up for my horses a bit different in that there are three different "areas" and each can be sectioned off.
The above photo is from a previous post where Suzie was getting out and getting into another "paddock" which was not fenced (the blue). You can see where the "back pasture" (pink) is and how the "front pasture" (yellow) can also be sectioned off to make it smaller (see the red "X"? We have since put fencing there as well).
Anyway, amidst my frantic searching (because all the properties border roadways), I received a text from a horsey acquaintance who lives over on another street.
Suzie was pretty annoyed that she didn't get to finish her mash, and even spooked a bit when Spud called out when he could hear us getting close.
I am thankful he didn't get hit by a vehicle on his travels, as the particular street he ventured onto has a blind corner that most drivers veer around like Nascar.
|Screen shot of the pastures and Derek's house in red where Spud ended up.|
Once we got back to the barn, I threw Spud into the pasture (pink) and hid Suzie in the driveway to see if I could coax him to come out again.
|On a stake-out.|
The only way (to me), that he could've gotten out was the front swing gate on the left hand side of the barn. It normally has two sets of chain that wrap around it - one at the "middle" and one lower down. I didn't do up the second chain the last day I scooped manure and it's been like that for the last 3 days or so.
As I was leading Suzie up and down the driveway, trying to invoke a panicked response from Spud, the neighbor from directly across the street wandered over (who is also my Uncle). He mentioned to me that he put Spud back in his pen in the afternoon, as he was wandering onto his property.
So it's not like the little shit is buddy-sour since he voluntarily LEFT Suzie behind to go gallivant the neighborhood.
I thanked my Uncle for putting him back and told him we were trying to figure it all out. But after close to an hour in the darkness, we were unable to pin-point where he was escaping and had to leave the barn close to 9pm. I hadn't eaten any dinner yet and it was pitch black out. Suzie was happy to be back at the barn and eating her now very late dinner (sorry mare).
Fingers crossed he does not venture out and that the lack of "chainage" around the gate was where he had been getting loose. But knowing Spud, he'll be getting loose from somewhere else.
Never buy a mini.
|The knock-kneed devil at your service.|