Hi, well today started out very very cold. It was in the 30's last night, and so windy it sounded like the carport was coming down on top of us. I love the sound of the rain and the wind on the tin roof, but it was kind of crazy out there last night. The winds blowing through our little carport were very chilling. I personally love the cold at night, and truth be told, I love sleeping outside. However, our little man is not ready for those extreme temperatures. He is starting to regulate his temperature better, but it will be a long time before he can be exposed to the elements.
We took Patches and Honey Bandit out to play in the big corral. About 2 minutes into the fun, Honey Bandit decided to go "dirt diving". He started running at his full speed, and then crashed head first into the dirt, thus causing me to have another near heart attack. It is just so scary to watch him go down, as all you can think about his him breaking a leg. But once again, he pops up after a couple of minutes and goes on his way.
He and Patches spent quite a bit of time near the horses that are on the other side of the fence. But although Patches likes to interact with them, Honey Bandit will not go closer than about 3 feet normally. He likes to whinny from afar, but he definitely is not comfy with them being close.
He is quite funny to watch, as he decided that he is quite tough, and was trying to kick Patches. You can almost see Patches laughing, as he simply scoots up right behind HB and leans against his back end, thus stopping all kicking. You can tell HB is trying to figure out why he can't move. Today Matt watched Patches walk right under Honey Bandit's belly. It is a pretty tight fit, but of course I missed the whole thing.
I have told Matt that I just have a feeling that we need to continue being with him 24/7, partially because of the "stalker", but also just because he is so vulnerable. For example, today we went into the house to get a cup of coffee and by the time we walked back out with our cups, he was stuck under the fence. He was halfway under the panel, with his head and neck sticking out the other side. So it was physically impossible for him to get up or move by himself. Patches was very concerned, and stood close to Honey Bandit as he continued eating as fast as he possibly could. The dogs were milling around, probably wondering what this new trick was.
So he obviously is going to be one of those horses we all love so well, that will get into any kind of trouble that is available, and if none is available, then he will make up his own.
Tonight HB was having a sleep over. Patches was invited and came over to play and spend the night. However, after a couple of hours, it was obvious that they were not going to go to bed quietly, so Patches had to go home (to his own comfy private little stall.) but they had a wonderful time first, and Patches explained to me that nothing I had on the counter was where it should be. So he fixed if for me and re organized everything.
I have been getting emails asking if that was all the wood we needed. We are thinking that we have enough wood for the siding on the building, but still need everything else. I have attached some pictures of the existing barn for your viewing enjoyment.
Hugs and God bless all of you for helping Honey Bandit make a difference.