Those of you who follow us on Instagram will remember the mysterious fence-cutting incidents… Someone had cut through the fence in the back pasture in three different places. I awoke to a phone call one morning, informing me that the entire herd was in the neighbour’s field – which bordered a main road and had no fence!
Miraculously, Zorra had gone up to the front of the pasture and stared at the landlord’s house until she noticed Zo. Of course, Zorra was no doubt simultaneously sending a strong energetic message. My landlord instantly knew that something was wrong – when she came out and looked around, she couldn’t see any of the other horses.
So she got her husband to go out and look for them – he saw their heads poking up over the bushes in the neighbour’s field. Then the second miracle occurred; he called out to them and they all came running back, through the break in the fence, and followed him up to the barn. Keep in mind, this man has virtually no involvement with the herd – he simply pets them across the fence when they’re up near the water troughs.
By this time, I was in my truck en route and asked him to give them some alfalfa to keep them near the barn, until I could get there and block off all access to the back pasture.
For the 3rd miracle of the day, by the time I arrived, he had already carried the heavy steel arena panels back there and blocked off the entrance to the back. This was hands-down the lowest trauma horse escape I have ever experienced in my entire life!
It took me three weeks of calling various city department, realtors, property managers etc to figure out who had cut the fences and why. Turns out it was land surveyors and the owner of that land promised me they would not be back and paid for the repairs.
Enjoy this video of the herd as we take them back there after all the repairs have been done, so they can have access to their pasture again. It’s a gorgeous summer afternoon… and watch till the end if you want to see them run back!
Jini Patel Thompson is a natural health writer and Lazer Tapping instructor. She began riding at age 2 in Kenya, and got her first horse at age 8 in Alberta, and so continues a life-long journey and love affair with these amazing creatures.
13 thoughts on “Summer Frolic with The Singing Horse Herd”
What? There are things I’m missing on Instagram?? : ))) I can’t cope with Instagram somehow but sorry to be missing more posts from you there since I savour everything you send!
This video was Heaven – the horses ARE so shiny and in tip-top shape and healthy, though what’s that slight thing with Aude’s back right leg?
So beautiful to see them enjoying their meadow and what good messaging Zo did with the landlord and great response from landlord too…
Yeah, do NOT worry about Instagram! Everything shows up here on the blog and then is bite-sized out to social media. Not sure what was happening with Aude’s leg that day, but didn’t last long. I often marvel at how super shiny their coats are being NEVER groomed – just given great nutrition and access to dust baths, a mudhole, etc. Kaliah often looks like she’s been doused in Show Sheen or some similar product.
The green grazing munching sounds could be a meditation it is so soothing, It is fascinating that humans would just cut fencing with no regards for why the fencing might be there? Or to just not care 😕 It’s great you were able to find out who and why as that would at least give you some resolve! In the RMF group I am in for dogs a ladies neighbors threw various BQ left overs including corn cobs over her fence and her dog ingested a large corn con whole and had emergency surgery to remove it! Cost her 12k. Not to mention emotional stress and huge impact on the dog! Even when we feel we are doing things right shit can go wrong real quick! I Adore your neighbors looking out for you and the horses and helping make sure the horses were safe! One of the best parts of where we live now is our amazing neighbors and I am so grateful for all of them! They can have such direct impact on quality of life! ✌🏼💚🐴
oh my gosh – that is TERRIBLE!! At the same time, if her dog ingested a whole cob, he is in SCARCITY where food is concerned. Scarcity cuts an animal off from their body wisdom. Just saying. I saw a dog do that with a bone once and he also required expensive emergency surgery as a big piece of bone stuck in his trachea. Again, this was a dog who ‘inhaled’ his food and emotionally/psychologically was in continual scarcity/food panic.
And you are SO right about neighbours! Except for a brief stint in London where I lived next door to a drug dealer, I’ve always been fortunate with neighbours. Whew!
Such a bucolic scene. Nothing nicer than summer pasture for horses. I’m amazed at the lack of horse flies in your long grass pasture. My horses love going to their grassy field daily but are all too ready to return to their barnyard paddock where biting flies don’t seem to be an issue for them.
We hardly ever see horse flies here (Langley, BC) but used to get a lot of them in Edmonton AB! I’ve also noticed the insect populations (and plant populations) really fluctuate from year to year. This year there are LOTS of regular “house flies” bugging the horses – even in the barn – because there are hardly any wasps around to eat them! We also had a massive dragonfly appearance a couple weeks ago – whereas normally we don’t see them until August, when they arrive to eat the wasps at the end of the season.
We have also seen a TON of biting black flies this summer – they do come out at dusk in the grass so the horses stick near the barn at that time of day.
However, the weather has been very strange this entire year, so guessing that’s what has thrown off the ‘normal’ insect patterns.
Whatever camera you used for this, keep it….it captures color, sound,and light beautifully.
What delighted me was the restfulness between the herd members…..no one in a hurry, respectfully waiting on each other….a truly wonderful summer day and, yes, health all around .. people, horses, dogs, plants, birds. Even though nature is in flux switching and changing things around it still is lush and vibrant. And happy, fun, going back…a bit cheeky as they sped by. You gotta love them all.
Jini and Juliet, you both look really relaxed and full of health and wellness too. It’s nice to see. And I’m glad Kumba dodged the hoof.
This taking down the fence without a thought is indicative of a loss of connection. No thought as to why there is a fence….golly, goes to show how much work we need to keep doing!
I love hearing how the neighbor helped….yes! a new energetic connection of love and respect for the singing herd. I love that the message and understanding that the herd was in danger came from the one horse who wasn’t raised wild but is now learning and healing within the singing herd.
I send blessing and appreciation to your neighbor as well as new understanding of consequences and growth to those who cut the fencing.
It’s so interesting Claudia, because any time something is wrong or potentially dangerous in their environment, either Aude or Zorra will alert me. The matriarchs taking care of their herd 🙂
Yes, such a joy and pleasure to see them all in such great shape ❤️ I’m also amazed they don’t get eye infections from pollen & flies. Our horses are quite receptive to it during summertime and I often have to use fly masks.
Cobra had a mild infection the other day – of course wouldn’t let me touch it! None of them want a fly mask when offered, not even Zorra. If their eyes get irritated/infected, they can heal it up pretty fast. They will eat immune-boosting herbs and I give them some concentrated probiotics, which they also accept – et voila!
That’s so great! The fly masks are a real pain… I usually just boil water with salt and sometimes chamomile to rinse their eyes with. Although our horses are from Iceland, with very different plants and insects than in Finland, so I suspect that’s why they are so susceptible here 🪲
You could also add a small amount of colloidal silver to that mixture. I did that for myself once – I was cleaning out a water trough they had pooped in, along with lots of other decaying matter and a chunk flew right into my eye. My body wisdom said I must KILL PATHOGENS the second I got home. I had some homeopathic eyedrops and I used a needle syringe to add some colloidal silver to the bottle. Et voila! I used it early evening after showering and flushing with water, and again right before bed. No eye infection or irritation when I woke up the next morning.
Thank you for the advice! I’ll give it a try 🌸