As an update, just to let everyone know, I did have 3 participants who wanted to sign on for the Pay It Forward challenge. They are:
I think this is a lovely idea, and I'm looking forward to picking some handmade gifts for these 3 ladies. I already have a few ideas, but I have a whole year to decide!
In other news, my pony boys are giving me a twitch. Diggs has always been a bit of an aggressive horse. He isn't with him mom, because... well, he's not stupid enough to want to have a royal arse-kicking, but he can be with other horses. Before we got him, he was pastured in the "wild boys" group with 2 other geldings (both bigger and older than him) plus an intact stallion (also bigger and older than him) and he routinely kicked their butts. He also went through a hot electric fence to get to a mare that was in heat the year he had just turned 4. I have had him tested for testosterone levels, thinking maybe something was missed when he was snipped, but no. It's just him and his ways.
So, while Bhen is not a pushover, I worried about the boys. About 2 weeks ago, Diggs spent the day working on a 6-foot high metal gate that separated him and his mom from Bhen's section of the pasture, and then finally broke the damn thing and then spent an hour kicking and biting the crap outta Bhen before I looked out the window and went out to separate them. Bhen had a 6-inch x 2-inch gash in his flank that is just now finally healing up. Diggs routinely will try to rear and strike at Bhen through the new gate panel I put up in the barn to keep them apart, when it is feeding time. Generally, after breakfast, I will watch the 2 boys standing out at the 3-strand hot wire fence playing "bite my face" in the small space between the strands of electric fence (where they aren't getting zapped, but ARE nipping at each other). But then the dorks will stand as close to the fence as they can without touching it and take a nap next to each other.
Hap has given up on them. She just ignores their boyish antics or whatever the hell this behavior is, and goes off to nap by herself. Usually with her back to them. With great annoyance if they wake her up.
I'm not entirely sure she doesn't have the right idea. What a buncha dorks.
All for now.......