It's 8:00 and the rain is coming down in sheets again. Honey Bandit is ready for spring. He wants to go outside and run and play. He is quite comical when rain does hit his back. He almost looks angry. He throws his head up and pins his ears. (That is very seldom as he is still not "allowed" to play in the rain, or be out in it, if it is cold, as it has been lately.) Pretty soon he might be able to, but right now we are just making sure he doesn't get chilled or into anything that might bring about any issues.
Today Patches had to go on a time out. For some reason he was very cranky, the weather maybe? Ha ha. But he would not leave HB alone and kept running him around the stall, letting fly with both back feet. They are fed in two separate corners so there will be no fighting over food, but this was not even at feeding time. I guess even horses just have "bad days". So he had to go into another area and have a time out. I know they both want to let loose and run like the wind, but it has been very difficult to make that happen.
In addition to the weather not cooperating, we still have that mountain lion in the neighborhood. My neighbor said she is seeing footprints constantly. Great Big Footprints!. We already knew that he was a big guy, (or maybe girl), by the size of the tooth marks and the distance between the teeth, but seeing footprints like that gives you chills.
(Thank you for all your prayers and support for DaBubbles. His wounds are healing very well. He is so cute and just a little love bug. He will be great when kids come to visit. One of his best friends is a cat named Deputy. We are so grateful that he is doing so well.)
The foot prints we saw in the snow were easily double that of our biggest dogs. So it makes it hard to let them out to play. Even if we were out there watching, with a weapon; if the cat attacked, by the time we could get a shot off there could be severe, even critical damage to the horses. So they have not been having their regular "run-time". Honey Bandit is still not "over flowing" with energy, so he doesn't really seem to mind. He and Patches both have room to buck and play and run a little bit in the pen off of the carport, but it isn't like they can really cut loose. But Honey Bandit seems to be getting plenty of exercise in the pen. I think it must take lots of energy to grow as fast as he is.
He and Patches and DaBubbles send lots of kisses to everyone. Click Me!
Also, I wanted to again thank Sue & Denise for all the time and effort, and work they have done with the DVD's and Christmas cards they donated. They have been so wonderful in creating the DVD so everyone could experience HB's journey in more detail. Everyone who is a part of this is so appreciated. I cannot stress enough how much help everyone has been. Wish every child could have all the wonderful "aunties & uncles" that Honey Bandit does. Wouldn't they be spoiled.
Great news. Matt got the last leak in the carport roof fixed, so no more leaks. We have alleviated most of the problems from the ground water also. So our next step is insulation. We have come so far with all of your help, and thanks to you, the boys are getting quite comfy at night.
God bless and stay safe and dry.
Honey Bandit and the gang.
Chilly Pepper - Miracle Mustang
30027 Hwy 44 East
Shingletown, CA 96088
Please remember, if you'd like to bring your family, friends or relatives to meet Honey Bandit in person during these holidays, (or anytime), please call at 530-474-5197. We love to meet the "rest of Honey Bandit's family"!