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Winged Horse? [Nov. 9th, 2017|12:54 pm]
Tony Grist
 This is odd.

For the past few days the baby horse has been in the top field and the grown-up horses in the bottom field. The fence between the two fields is secure- and can't be breached or jumped- so I assumed Chris had separated them deliberately. I thought maybe it was good horse husbandry to separate foals from dams at a certain age- because what do I know?

But it bothered us that the baby horse didn't have access to a water butt- so we rang Chris for reassurance and it turned out he had no idea they'd been split up. He'd thought they were all playing happy families in the bottom field.

So I went out in my green wellies with a walking stick in my fist and opened the gate between the fields and shooed the baby horse through it.

But how did she get from one field to the other in the first place? I know it's none of my doing and no-one else- apart from Chris- ever goes out there.
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[User Picture]From: steepholm
2017-11-09 01:19 pm (UTC)
Perhaps there's someone going round doing this across the county? You could investigate, and eventually write a book about it called The Man Who Separated Horses.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-11-09 01:24 pm (UTC)
With a title like that it has bestseller written all over it.
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2017-11-09 03:45 pm (UTC)
Now that's a mystery and seems as if it was done deliberately. And no water...poor baby! I'm glad you reunited her with the rest.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-11-09 04:47 pm (UTC)
I just don't know.

Perhaps Chris thought he'd shut them all into the bottom field and hadn't noticed the foal wasn't with the adults- but it doesn't seem likely. How difficult can it be to do a head count of four horses?
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[User Picture]From: davesmusictank
2017-11-09 06:37 pm (UTC)
I mentioned this to Dr.Watson,and it sure is a mystery, in fact it is a three pipe problem. Now where's my fiddle.?
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-11-10 09:08 am (UTC)
Comparable perhaps to the mystery of Silver Blaze.
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[User Picture]From: heleninwales
2017-11-11 05:03 pm (UTC)
I suspect a hidden gap that a young foal can get through but an adult horse can't. It could be worth giving the fence a really careful looking at. Is it post and rails or sheep netting? If post and rails, it's possible that the foal somehow climbed through the gap between the top and bottom rail.

Otherwise the only explanation is that you have a horse that can teleport!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-11-11 06:24 pm (UTC)
I don't think there are any such gaps but I'll take another look.

I think the most plausible explanation is human error- but whose? It wasn't mine and I find it hard to believe the horse's owner would be that careless.
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