08 October 2007

Never a Dull Moment...Again

It could only happen around here...

I'd only had about four hours sleep last night, and not very good sleep at that, consequently I jumped on the computer at 5.00 am to do some work. Because of my interrupted night, I decided at about 11.30 am to have a bit of a snooze. I was woken a couple of hours later by thundering hooves and frantic neighing outside my window...which I actually thought I was dreaming, until I came properly awake to see a large black horse charging around our block.

"What the...?" was my reaction. I peered out the window to see Jane and Ken talking to a lady who had a feed bucket and a halter in her hands. So I dressed and wandered out to see what was going on.

It turns out that the equine in question (see photos below) is a mare in oestrus and had escaped from her place, two blocks down the road to come up to talk to Rex, the big show jumper who lives at the front neighbour's and Casper, the little miniature who lives at the back neighbour's place. Not that they would do her any good...they're both geldings. Anyway, she had galloped up our drive into the actual house property, so Jane had the presence of mind to shut the gate to prevent her charging back down the driveway and out onto the road (does all this seem familiar? Yes, we've had it all before, only with Fred getting steamed up that time).

So, we've got her here to keep her safe until her owner, who started a new job today, gets home. At this moment, the mare getting very frustrated and charging around the place neighing her head off...Rex had got fed up and wandered off to the other end of his paddock, about 100 metres away.

Things are rather difficult with this equine flu that's going around. The mare was supposed to go to stud but with the restrictions against moving horses out of one area into another, that isn't happening. However, although we can't move horses around...how do you prevent a frustrated mare from coming into your place for a bit of how's your father with the boys next door, hmmm?


22 comments:

jellyhead said...

Oh my goodness, a horse gone berserk! You do have the funniest stories to tell Robyn!!

Hope the owner reclaims the horse early this evening and you can finally have some peace!

Andrée said...

How about a horse run amuck?

This is a good story. I'm glad I haven't had to deal with something like this; I wouldn't know what to do! Horses are big and when I get close to one I realize how they could just squish me.

So who cleans up after her? Does she eat all of your pretty flowers or is she too preoccupied?

Gledwood said...

The horse looks like she's having a lot of fun! I can see that in her "gait"... if you see what I mean...

Hey I've put up some Australian Animal Bloopers today... the last one is a vicious red back spider... isn't that the famous jumping spider my Australian uncles and cousins always told me about when I was little? That bit your bum when you sat on the toilet?

Gypsy said...

What a beautiful horse and your property looks lovely Robyn. There are a lot of foals around our way at the moment and they are so cute....all legs, just gorgeous.

Lee said...

Well, I guess that just proves horses, too, suffer from sexual frustration! ;)

I'll have to stop running around this property, or everyone will get the wrong idea! ;)

Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

Poor darlin’ mare! No wonder she decided to go out on the town on her own. Unfortunately, for a mare desiring sex, encountering to geldings in like the human female out on the town finding only gay guys.

Remiman said...

Robyn,
Nature will out. Some urges are just too strong!
rel

Gattina said...

Geez ! what an adventure ! an enamoured horse ! Poor thing must be very frustrated, lol ! That reminds me the day when I walked a toddler in a stroller and gave a carotte to a horse and it jumped over the fence and followed me the whole way back ! I was so scared and ran like mad with this horse behind me !

Walker said...

That's a nice looking horse. but i can see how it must be frustrating for people having loose animals runnning around especially when their hormones are raging and stampeeding around.
I am still talking about horses not teenagers LOL

It's a FLIP-FLOP World said...

Beautiful horse!! What a way to wake up!!smile
Nice to be back home again!! I am so behind with blogging and reading blogs.
Hope all is okay with you!! Sandy

Peter said...

Just like a female.... "when I want to play that's OK"

PEA said...

Hello dear Robyn:-) Catching up with everyone after a busy long weekend! Wow, can't say we've ever had a runaway horse around here! lol Bad enough we have bears roaming around. I'm still giggling at Nick's comment! lol xox

Meow (aka Connie) said...

That must have been a strange experience, discovering that frustrated horse !!

Hope you are well, Robyn.

Take care, hugs, Meow

Mountain Mama said...

What a rude awakening! It is a beautiful horse though. I hope she didn't cause any damage except to inturrupt your nice nap.

Liz said...

That is some garden you have! And what a beautiful horse. I didn't know that ladies on heat went looking for it!

Michael Manning said...

Robyn: I love a good horse story! Glad I happened by!!!:)

Gypsy said...

Hi Robyn, Just checking in to say hi. Hope everything is going well in your little part of Australia. Miss your posts and hope to see something soon.

Gledwood said...

What happened to the horse in the end: do you know?

Lee said...

Okay! Okay! Where are you Robyn? I hope all is well with you.

Gattina said...

Just to let you know that today I take the Cyber Cruise to the home of my friends in Italy which dates from 1462 ! So if you are interested to have a look ...

Merle said...

Dear Robyn ~ ~ I hope you are OK. The story of the mare was good, but nothing for a while since. You are missed. Could you put a few lines on to let us know that you sre all right
Take care, Love, Merle.

Gledwood said...

Have you seen my self-portrait ;->...