Jean asked, "Does Wynonna get to wander into the front 40? Back 40? Is she donkey-and-horse savvy
or would she get herself under their hoofs and be kicked?"
The short answer is no, no, yes but not in the way you would expect, and yes.
When Wynonna was much younger and we were living in the place we lived before we moved to the 7MSN,
she liked to refresh herself on hot summer days by bathing in her water tub. One day after she displaced
a sizable amount of water from her tub, she followed the stream under the fence into Hank and Lyle's corral,
whereupon she wallowed in the mud, then took a nap. I was in my office at the time and missed all of this...
until Hank and Lyle woke her up and she began screaming as only a pig can. They started chasing her around the corral,
and she outran them until she figured out an escape route under the fence. She may have set some sort of land speed record,
but she learned her lesson well and never strayed into their territory again.
I learned a valuable lesson, too: keep her separate from the equines at all times to avoid Wynonna – or me – having a heart attack.
So when I was planning the layout for the 7MSN, I made sure that Wynonna would have her own play space,
safe from the pounding of hooves and all other things that could cause her harm.
Wynonna and the equines share a common fence, and she has conversations with all of them on a daily basis
when they poke their noses next to hers.
Wynonna's end of the conversations is extremely loud and ferocious. If the equines do not come bearing treats,
she tells them in no uncertain terms to get the hell out of her space.
The equines eventually back off because of Wynonna's histrionics.
Her drooling, foaming mouth might put them off a bit, as well.
We're all happier, safer and calmer with Wynonna in her space and the equines in theirs.