Monday, February 8, 2010
My habit, in the winter, has been to not bother closing the outside gate when I push the wheelbarrow in the yard. Summer would be a different story, but with a thick snow covering there's no food supply outside of the fenced area. Well this morning, all three decided the world looked too interesting on the other side of the gate and meandered through. Didn't lose my cool, just went to the grain immediately and rattled the can (I put the day's ration in a old nut can). Just like training a dog or cat. Sure enough, Luigi and Fran turned around and scampered (and yes I do mean scampered) back in. I gave them their grain and called for Gabs. After waiting a beat I went to look for her and the gate had closed just enough that she wasn't comfortable with the space left for her to go through. After I widened the gap she also scampered in. And the whole while, one of the horses next door is silently watching the scene unfold.