How To Use Mommy-itis To Your Advantage
1. Go out and check on your horses late at night when most people (and critters) are asleep or settled down for the night.
2. Whistle for horses- get no answer.
3. Call horses- get ignored.
4. Call some more! Worry you’re disturbing the neighbors.
5. Whistle again.
6. Go inside and get the big Maglite.
7. Whistle again, call and shine the light around the pasture.
8. Locate horses, shine the flashlight in their eyes.
9. Shine the flashlight in their eyes again and see if they’re paying attention to you. Check to see if they’re all right.
10. Annoy horses with flashlight enough that they get up or leave what they’re doing and come over to you.
11. Give them a quick pat and go back inside.
12. Repeat steps 1-11 until horses start coming to you on first whistle. Routinely bring out flashlight and use it anyways just to keep them on their toes.
I didn’t intend for this to be how I taught Molly and Casey to come to a whistle. Really, I didn’t! I swear! But after waking one or the other up, shining the flashlight at them enough to make sure they were really ok and not down, injured, sick, hurt or otherwise, both Mol and Case learned to come at the first whistle every time. They find life after dark more pleasant that way.