Today when I drove up I noticed that the electric wire was not across the top of the gate as usual. I was kind of glad, just one less thing to deal with.
Nevel was EVIL to Falcon- reached out and took a humongous bite out of him when I went to get him from the pasture. Falcon looked stunned and ran away from me, so I ran Nevel off. Bad behavior does NOT get rewarded with getting supper!
Nevel stood there with a "I didn't do NUTHIN" look on his face. All of the horses were kind of nipping at each other and flattening their ears-BAD MOOD DAY I guess.
As I was leading Nevel out I saw the sun glint on a piece of wire on the ground AND the wire was moving!
"OH CRUD!!!" I thought it was attached to him, but it wasn't. He always yanks on me to get to his food, but not before I saw the wire move again and noticed that it was attached to Ziggy! Ziggy is an endurance horse.
TUG TUG....aghhha NEVEL!!! STOP IT!
That was my plan, but I was looking for help...and didn't have B's # in my phone. To make matters worse, Ziggy did not want to be caught and was dragging the wire around...this was a LONG piece of hot wire, maybe 20 feet or more. I don't know, but my brain certainly wasn't in a relaxed state anymore.
After a few minutes I caught Ziggy and held him still pondering what to do next since every time I went towards his back foot he would pick it up and kick out somewhat. Just then C came walking down the lane. He had just received a text from T about the problem, but he had just been coming to get Ziggy for a hoof trimming...and didn't realize at first there was a potential emergency.
I held Ziggy while C easily got the wire off. It was only wrapped around partially once, but looked tighter. I did have wire cutters in my car had that not been the case.
It was indeed a near miss and could have been a much bigger problem for Ziggy and the other horses.
The gate wire was hooked over to the side fence, so we did not know where the wire had come from. C went off for a walk around the pasture to look while Falcon and Nevel got their "grass walk."