Rogo gave me a scare tonight. I went to put them in, after being out all day. I put Rogo in first, closed the door to the inside of the barn and walked across his stall to the outside door to hook it closed (their stalls have two doors - a door in from the inside of the barn and a door to turn out so they can go in and out at will). He used his nose while I was across the stall to open the inside door. If he got into the barn he could get outside - I hadn't closed the barn door that we use - so outside he went. Yikes! He was loose! He never tries to escape or open doors, so I hadn't thought anything about him opening his inside door. I went quietly out with his halter thinking I could just walk up to him, put it on, and lead him back in. He ALWAYS wants to be with me and has never been any problem to catch. Not tonight. He didn't actually run from me, but he moved away and didn't want me to hold him or put his halter on either. I finally got it on him, but then the horse that will follow me all the time didn't want to be lead in. It took some 'bullying' and very strong firmness to convince him he should go back in the barn. I was so scared! What if he took off and got on the road? I don't even want to think about it.
Doug pointed out that he's been standing in a stall with little to no turn out for most of the winter - why would he want to be locked in? Oh. Now I get it. Poor baby. Doesn't excuse the bad manners though. We have ground work to do. Coincidentally a friend just offered to show me some of her ground work techniques, so we'll be getting to work on it.
It was so fun watching the horses today. It was like it finally sunk in that they were home and weren't going back to where they were. They literally played - running, chasing, leaping, squealing - all afternoon. I've never seen them play for so long a time. I tried to bring Savanah in to brush her (she is shedding so much that when she lays down to roll and gets up and shakes I can see the cloud of hair from in the house). Normally she loves being brushed, but all she wanted to do is get back outside. When I feed them their hay they drag it outside, so I feed it outside now. It's like they've been depressed and are coming back to life. Their energy level is going up, up, up with each passing hour.
I watched a show on TV tonight about animal hoarding and I'll just say I think we've witnessed a border line case recently. Things have been turning over in my head...Doug and I talked more about the horse business tonight. It's just about the most fun undertaking of my life. I hope it comes together.