The pirates got my husband!
Last night, because temps were dropping fast, Bad Pants went out to blanket the horses with me in the dark. He took Molly and left Casey for me to deal with. (Casey can be a pill when it comes to blanketing).
First, those tricky pirates slicked up a spot in the middle of the pasture, near where I would usually walk to feed Molly. (The hot wire runs across this spot to form their winter paddock). Casey was acting a wee bit spooky and I should have known something was up.
So, Bad Pants slid around a bit, but then regained his footing. Next, he began to crawl through the strands of hot wire. Beings as it was dark, BP did not detect the trip wire those sneaky pirates had set up on the other side. He rolled his ankle and went down, blinding Molly with the headlamp in the process. So in turn, she stepped right on his ankle, then backed up and bumped his other shin trying to disentangle herself.
When Bad Pants went down, he let out a yell. I dropped Casey’s blanket in a puddle. (Fat lot of good a soaking wet blanket does!) Casey took off at a trot, blowing and snorting. There was no slogging through the muck to blanket him, especially not with a wet blanket!
Luckily, the area where the trip wire was hidden was dry. Molly’s blanket survived it’s minimal time of the ground and we got her all snugged up for the night.
I helped Bad Pants limp back to the house, left him at the bottom of the stairs, and took the sopping blanket inside. Before I could come out and assist BP in the house, he scooped up Mo and hobbled up the stairs. After all, he didn’t want the cat getting frost bite!
I took Mo from BP, got BP inside and parked him on the couch with a bucket for *just in case*. Then I slid his shoe off, iced his ankle and covered him with blankets since he was a little pale.
Luckily, nothing is broken. His ankle was probably saved by the soft mud and bed of pine needles that make up our paddock. I suspect he’ll be right as rain within a week.
Those pirates! They meant to get me! My husband foiled their plot and took the hit for me instead. I hope they won’t be back for more!