.......what to their wondering eyes did appear?
Could it be Santa's reindeer?
Alas, it was just two bull elk and a cow.
This morning I heard a truck drive by the house then stop. I looked out and he was idling on the road. I decided I'd better check the horses. When I went to the door I immediately saw three what I thought at first were horses, in the field back behind my horses' pasture.
The elk were trying to decide how to get over the fence. Problem was, they were facing 30 head of horses in the other pasture, electric fence all around, a road on one side, houses and pastures on the other.....They were very perplexed. I watched them just hoping they didn't mess with the fences. Miss Luna and My Boy were very interested. My Boy eventually gave up and went back to his hay but Luna was transfixed. Better get used to them now girlie, we run into them on the trail sometimes!
Look closely (sorry, super zoomed photo on a pocket digital) can you see how big the racks are on the bulls? Eventually they head toward the right corner of the back fence, to cross the road and head to the river. I saw cars flying down the road without a clue- a large motor coach bus with four cars behind it. Luckily the driver appeared to have spotted one of the bulls as he crossed the bar ditch and started up towards the road, so he slowed his vehicle. Of course, some impatient idiot (they run rampant around here) in an SUV had to go around the motor coach, without a clue that he could be hitting an 800 animal at 65 mph. Luckily the bull panicked and turned back. They waited a bit longer, then the bulls eventually crossed. The cow couldn't seem to figure out their route through the downed fence, so she leaped the fence and away they went, safe from cars (and cars safe from them......)
By the way, did you notice that my Luna looks almost as tall as My Boy in these photos? My 3 year old was supposed to be my little mare! And look how BAY she is! I am adding a photo below from when I first got her~ can you believe it? Tracey said her color will change multiple times as she sheds out in the spring. I can't wait to see!
Have a great weekend, everyone!!