Been awhile since I sent out an update. Rocky and Romeo are now spending all their time together. Rocky is still stressed out, but not as much as he was before. He does not seem to be in any danger of injuring himself when he flees from Romeo. Romeo seems to enjoy messing with him. He will look at me, almost as if to say, "watch mom - look what I can do", then he whips his head around towards Rocky and of course Rocky runs for his life. We had Honey Bandit and the two of them together for a short while at Shirley's. Then it was Honey Bandit putting on all the pressure. The ultimate goal is for the three of them to be a little "band", while Rocky and Romeo start more intensive training to be ready for adoption.
For now we are letting Romeo get the "lay of the land" and become familiar with the terrain, as well as Rocky, before we put all three of them together in the big area. We are also still needing to secure that last line of fencing permanently. The mountain lion continues to prowl through and around the property. We have seen very few deer since the fire, and that makes it all even more worrisome. After the last incident when the mountain lion chased Honey Bandit and the minis through the fence towards the highway, we have been desperately trying to obtain panels to secure that fence line permanently. We were lucky, PTL, that the guys all came back into their "safe zone" after they had been chased out. We need to panel approximately 300 feet of fence line. We have no climb horse fencing up, but that will not keep them inside when a cat is after them. We definitely do not need the animals on the highway where they could kill, maim or seriously injure a motorist, as well as themselves if they run through the fence in a panic.
We are hoping that ya'll can peek out into your barns, fields etc. and maybe come up with even a single old panel or gate. We have 3 panels for that fence so far, and we are using two 10 foot gates that were part of the barn. We are definitely not picky, do not care what color or what the panels look like, as long as they are safe. We are leaving the no climb horse fence up, and adding the panels on the outside. This will definitely encourage the critters to run around in a circle as they will be much less likely to challenge a fence that looks higher and more solid. I am not comfortable using wood as I have seen horses that have been impaled by wood when they ran through a wooden fence and it was a rather horrible sight. We are working on getting a donkey or burro, as they are definitely not an attraction for mountain lions. As of this point in time, it seems like most of our wild life was chased the other way from the fires, which covered an enormous amount of ground.
Please remember, all donations are tax deductible, (yes - even your old ugly panels or gates :) ) and we so appreciate any help you can offer. We were focused on building a hay barn/shelter, but now we have to make sure this is taken care of immediately. We were invited to attend and speak at the International Equine Welfare Alliance convention in Las Vegas. It is truly an honor and we are really hoping to have this fence issue resolved prior to that time, which is in a couple of short weeks.
Thank you for your support and prayers!