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Date:8/1/2014 5:04:31 PM
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Persia, a chestnut quarter horse, is Annie's corral mate. A wonderful, small horse, her and Annie got on fabulously the moment they met each other. They grazed, side by side, like they'd known each other since they were fillies. Persia is a barrel racing/Western horse - the very same one Annie and I placed second to at her shows.
But it turned out there was no hard feelings between the equine competitors (Annie isn't one to hold grudges, and neither, evidently, is Persia....) and they got on fine.
Until dinnertime.
Annie eats pellets and hay, while Persia is on just hay - a different kind of hay from Annie's. Naturally, they wanted each other's food. Feeding them the first few times was a challenge. We tried everything. We tied them up. We fed them separately. We took one out. We took both out. We put up a portable fence through the middle of the corral. And we learned that some horses will do ANYTHING to get a taste of some different food. Persia, somehow, laid on the ground and wormed her way under the portable fence in about half a second, and was soon throughly enjoying Annie's pellets. Both horses are very smart, and adventurous, so mealtime was a circus ground. Now that Annie is off pellets, though, and they are on the same type of hay, it is finally civilized up there in the paddock when dinner is served.

Another thing, besides food, that the two mares share is a Houdini personality. Annie can undo latches, gates, locks, ropes, knots and some chains in a blink of an eye, and Persia is always ready to bolt out the gate. That is why the gate on the corral resembles that of a jail cell - bars, double chains - you get the idea. Since there is nothing they can undo, they instead grab the top bar of the gate in their teeth and rattle and shake it, making a general clatter and perhaps hoping with enough force, the whole thing will give way to freedom.
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