And Now for the REST of the Story
Yesterday was the first day. You'd think we could get through ONE DAY without a hiccup. But when I got home, the first thing I noticed as I came down the driveway was a big buckskin butt standing by the garage. Not good. As I drove past the garage to check on the chickens, the dog did her usual thing and raced down the yard to follow the truck. That was normal, but the Paint horse that was running along with her wasn't. Oh, boy. I knew I had seen at least a couple of horses in the front paddock when I first turned in the driveway but was beginning to wonder how of them might be in the backyard. Turns out there were only two, Lucy and Lyric. Lucy is Yeoldfurt's buckskin mare. She's half-mustang and all shenanigans. Don't let her big doe eyes and long lashes fool you, she's always got mischief on her mind! The other culprit was Lyric. She's a Paint mare out of my horse. Lyric is the youngest in the herd and, wouldn't you know, she picks Lucy to emulate.
I had just come from my office job and wasn't exactly dressed for wrangling, so I went in the house, changed clothes and came back out to check the fence. It's chain link with a hot wire along the rail. Looks like they had walked it down in the corner. The hot wire was on the ground which meant that none of the fence was 'hot' anymore. Oh goodie. Lucy had walked down that section of fence one other time ....which was one of the MAIN reasons we invested in the electric fence. This time the rail was broken, the post was bent and the chain link was canted at a 45 degree angle to the ground at that corner. I was relieved to find that neither horse was cut or injured. That would have been icing on the cake ...vet bills on top of the cost of repairing the fence. Satisfied that they were both unscathed, I proceeded to give them a verbal tongue lashing that might have even impressed Busted Knuckles. Well, maybe not ...but it was sure a rant coming from me! It reduced my stress level a notch or two but made no visible impression on Lucy and Lyric.
The setting sun waits for no one so I decided to go on and feed the other horses and make the two hoodlums wait. Pecking order is a big deal with horses so they weren't too happy about that. When I got the other four in their stalls, I decided to use the lunge whip to drive them back to where they belonged. But remember the old 'mama is gonna spank the kid so the kid runs around and around the dining room table so mama can't catch him' routine? Try playing this game with two 1000-pound 'kids' running laps around a brick house while 'mama' flails at thin air for ten minutes. About the third lap, the thought occurred to me that if Dr Phil were here watching, his comment would likely be, "So ...how's that workin' for ya?" We're pretty far off the road, but I am sure my antics would have been amusing to the neighbors too. I decided to try a different tact. It was time to re-strategize.
I feel sorry for the four horses that behaved themselves and stayed on the appropriate side of the fence yesterday now because Lucy has ruined the fence for the time being. All of the six horses are confined now to only the side yard until they can go out on the big pasture again. It will be at least four weeks if not six. Lucy and Lyric will never make the connection that THEY ruined it for the whole herd. But I'm pretty sure the other four know who's responsible!