Wow, what a afternoon we had today. First of all the weather has been crazy the last 2 days – 3 days ago it was over 100 degrees and today it was in the upper 60’s to low 70’s during the day and it actually rained!!!! for the first time since mid-February. It was extremely windy one minute, and calm the next. While that is not crazy in itself, what happened 30 minutes before dinner indeed was – As I was walking up for dinner from my house (right next to horse pasture) It seemed that something wasn’t right, as there seemed to be a lot of horses running around and rearing up, but I thought for a second it might just be because it had been raining. After about 15 seconds I then realized that NO, a entire 1/5th of our corral full of horses had gotten loose, about 15 of them, and most were standing by the freshly delivered haystack having the “buffet of a lifetime” while a few others were showing off the fact they had escaped to the other horses still inside the other corrals – hence the rearing up and running around I had noticed. I called the wranglers down and we began to gather them one by one and most were cooperative. However, there were a few that wanted to have a little more “fun” shall we say (with the help of Tux our border collie herding them), and were not going to be caught just yet. And then came the rain! now it hasn’t rained in 3 months and we haven’t had this many horses get loose in many, many years, so the chances of both happening in one 20 minute period is slim to none. Nevertheless, it did, and not only was it raining, it was now pouring very hard making it very slippery, and it was so cold that a mixture of hail started to fall. They proceeded to run around and we calmly chased them knowing that eventually they would want be back with their buddies. They faked a move down the driveway, only to thankfully turn around, then they made a move towards another gate, then turned around, and eventually after about 10 minutes corralled themselves back into the pasture to be back with their friends and the abundance of hay we put down to entice them. So even though this all took about 20 minutes, it seemed like an hour, and we were totally soaked and dead tired after all that running around – no day is ever the same when you a ranch full of animals. Thank goodness none of us, or the horses got hurt, just a lot of exercise for the humans.