January 27, 2014

I Was Worried!

I had quite a scare this week. (SPOILER: it had a happy ending.) My horse Ella is always the first one back to the barn in the evening when I feed them; I think she has one eye on the hill while she's grazing so she can spot me right away, and she's often waiting for me when I get to the barn with the bucket of horse feed. But this night she wasn't the first horse to greet me; even the old geldings who are reluctant to leave their grazing and slow to walk back were there first, and still there was no sign of her.


I called her; she always comes when I call her. I rang the cowbell that I use to call them in for their evening feed. I feared the worst, because this was completely uncharacteristic of her. Did she get out somehow? If so, was she waiting on the other side of a fence for me to let her in, or had she gone on an adventure? How would I ever find her? Was she hurt? Was she lying dead somewhere?


I fed the others, gathered her halter and rope, and began walking, calling her all the while, praying, and still ringing the cowbell. The field is sort of like a butterfly's wings, with two halves, so I started on the north half. When I got back to the middle, Ella was walking towards me from the west half of the field. I was so relieved! I followed her as she walked back to her stall and checked her out as she ate. All seemed well.


Maybe Ella had been taking a nap in the sun, and while she was sleeping the others came in for dinner. I'm just glad she's home safe and sound. I was really worried.


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5 comments:

  1. Happy you gave the spoiler alert. Never feels good to have misplaced an animal. I'm so happy all turned out well. I just love the photos!!

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  2. Thank you, Staci. I'm so thankful it all turned out ok. She really scared me!

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  3. Phew! Glad all is well. Thanks for sharing your outdoor post on The Maple Hill Hop today!

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  4. That is scary! I hate when things like that happen, but it's such a relief when there's a happy ending!

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