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A Barn Buffet

Lesson Learned – Always double-check the stall doors after your daughter leaves the barn.

Amara (Princess’s trainer) and her mom are gone for a few days. They asked if we could do the morning feeding for the horses yesterday and today. Of course! Princess and are up and out the door by 6:15 :-) It’s always fun to do morning feeding because the horses are so happy to see you and make all these fun noises and are all cuddly – at least as cuddly as a horse can be.

We fed all 3 horses, gave each of them a little extra lovin’, and hung out and just watched them for awhile. Then Princess and I decided to muck a couple of the stalls because that meant we had more time with the horses.

When we were done mucking, I took the bucket out to dump it. Princess came out, shut the barn door, and we were off – headed home to shower and get to school.

Around 12:30, Pam and Tessa show up for Tessa’s lease ride. I get a call and she says “Just wanted you to know that Cowboy was out in the barn when we got here. We got him back in his stall. He’s knocked quite a bit of stuff over, but I can’t tell what he’s actually gotten into.”

Aw crap!

So I drive out there because I know pretty much what was in all the bins because I was just there.

Luckily, he didn’t eat any of the 8 bales of hay he had access to! He nibbled on one, but nothing much.

He knocked the lids off of both his grain bin and Sunny and Shadow’s grain bin. But, he did not enjoy any additional grain, either. All the cups and other things were just as we’d left them in the bins.

He may have had a little extra Corta-Flx, but not much. At least his joints will be nice and oiled!

He did eat a couple peppermint horse treats, but not the entire bag, so that was good!

The only thing we’re not sure of is a fiber supplement. I hadn’t used that, so I don’t know how much was in the bin before he got there. Amara will look when she gets home today and tell me. If anything, that would’ve at least helped counteract any stomach issues!

The big (or small I guess) baffoon!

Judging by the lack of damage done in the 6 hours he may have had, I don’t think he was out for very long. Guessing it took awhile to finish breakfast. Then he had to bother Shadow a bit. Then he probably looked out his stall door for awhile whishing he was outside. Who knows how long it took him to figure out the inside stall door moved, and then how long it took him to decided to get it open far enough to get out.

I can just see Shadow and Sunny in there stalls going “Dude! You’re not supposed to be out there! You’re gonna be in TROUBLE!” Then, when they saw him dining on treats “Yo. Cowboy. Ol’ Buddy ol’ Pal. Bring us a couple of those, will ya?!”

What I wouldn’t give to have had a barn cam so we can see what he actually did during his free time!

At least he didn’t take a crack at the barn door and end up roaming the neighborhood!

Pam and Tessa watched him for a couple hours while they were there. Princess and I headed out for a check after school. Susie checked on him again when she went out to feed the horses dinner (reduced portions for my escapee!). And Amara’s dad and sister checked on them again before bed to make sure he wasn’t sick.

This morning, Cowboy was good to go. Happy as ever waiting for breakfast.

Feeling lucky! That mistake could’ve been a disaster!

I think I checked each stall door latch 5 times before I left this morning, made sure every lid on every bin and jar was latched and screwed on as tight as possible, and I STILL feel like I’m going to get a call!

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  1. Sue Boedigheimer says:

    I bet you were feeling so bad about that happening, but that is life. We do the best we can. I love your comment about the other horses. I bet our Princess will be a vet. She is certainly committed. You are teaching her what responsibility means and that will take her a long way in life. I am sorry that it happened, but happy that it turned out alright.

    Love you,

  2. Shirley says:

    OMG!!! Luckily everything turned out OK, but as you said…it could have been so much worse. And I’m quite confident Shadow and Sonny were probably a bit miffed at the new boy in town being able to dig into the treats and other things! Actually kind of funny when you think of it from their perspective. Love…Mom

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