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hysteria… averted.

October 11, 2012

now that my heart has resumed its normal beating pattern,

perhaps i can share the excitement of the afternoon.

there’s nothing like pulling into the garage after a trying day at work

to have the yard door fly open and a hysterical daughter burst through it

telling you that the horses are GONE.


that the gate has broken open, they’ve gotten out,

and they’re gone.

we live on a rather busy road, especially at rush hour.

lots of people have discovered that taking back country roads eliminates stop lights/signs.

and so, wearing a dress (luckily with boots),

i jump out of the car to go horse hunting.

that’s when we see them,

across the alfalfa field at the neighboring barn,

apparently in a holding pen.

thank GOD.

except that we see three of the missing four,

which sara mentions at least three times.

i won’t hear it.

the one we don’t see is my boy.


i am at this point remarkably calm.

perhaps i am numb,

perhaps made stupid by fear.

all i know is that i must find and return the four that got out,

that nothing has happened to them,

that they are safe.

the babies are still at home in their pen,

where they stay on the two days a week that i work full days.

and then we see caoinlean behind the silo.


they are surprisingly happy to see us.

we still have no idea how they got out,

what damaged the gate,

when it happened,

how long they were out until someone saw them.

all we know is that the gate was severely damaged,


and the horses escaped.

fortunately for us, there is an alfalfa field between us

and the neighboring large horse facility,

providing plenty of allure for four equine escapees

without any need to approach the road.

i type this with dulled senses,

fully aware of what could have happened.

but didn’t.

and with indescribable gratitude for the father and son

who live on the neighboring horse property and saw our horses loose in the field,

caught them and kept them safe until our return,

and who do not speak english and cannot tell us what happened.

thank you.  thank you.  thank you.

thank you also to jenny, aaron, addie, logan, bennett, and jill,

for responding to our urgent plea for help.

there is a new gate up tonight,


with reinforcement along the small section of connecting fence.

posts will be reset this weekend for stablility.

in the meantime,

i’ll leave you with some snippets of our middles at work in the round pen.

here are caoinlean and si gaoithe under saddle,

pleased as punch to be growing up.

life is funny that way, isn’t it?

be safe.


2 Comments leave one →
  1. October 11, 2012 9:39 am

    oh. my.
    my heart flipped, then flopped, and then sank with a THUD….’til i read that the horses had been found and are safe.
    WHEW. what a scare!

    another good reason to ALWAYS wear boots or “sensible” shoes, even with dress, eh?


    • sassysistersink permalink*
      October 11, 2012 4:42 pm

      oh gosh. a scare like no other.
      and, i can see my wardrobe taking a decided turn with this lifestyle change.
      earthier. more basic. practical.
      with embellishments, or course.

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