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August 26, 2013

Amish Cook and the horse chase

This week my husband, Joe, and the boys have been busy in the evenings trimming the fence rows. We have the posts, gates and fence wire here to fence in the hay field. The horses and ponies will be glad to be back on pasture again. We put our pasture field into beans this year. Eventually we will want to put it back into a hayfield. We were going to put corn in that field, but the farmer has seed corn across the road. Field corn has to be a certain distance away from seed corn. The farmer offered to trade us corn for beans.

We had quite a rude awakening around 2:30 a.m. one day. A guy knocked at our door telling us our horses and ponies were on the road.

Everyone got dressed and grabbed flashlights. The men in the truck helped by:

driving down the road to shine their headlights for us. We had them all headed for the barn when the leader of the pack, Stormy the pony, decided we needed more exercise. He headed past the house and, of course, the horses followed. We were able to head off the rest of the ponies and got them in the barn. It did look funny seeing the little Prancer (the miniature colt) coming down the road with all the big horses. The horses went around our neighbor Joe’s house and Elizabeth ran that way to head them back. When they headed back they ran across the road and around neighbor Irene’s barn

and into the bean field across the road. We finally had every way blocked off and Elizabeth headed them towards the barn again. That time was successful.

It was past 3 am. And Joe was glad he had the next day off. Someone forgot to shut a gate which was a good lesson for us to check all gates before going to bed.

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