Pig Therapy

The “Other Side” of the barn, the dark side, (not really) is seasonally housing piglets in two of the box stalls on the far end.

Some 12 super scary piglets and their piggy sounds.

Gray mare made clear in every way she wasn’t going to head over there.  Ever again.  Even though she’s been there twice, without dying.  A third time would just be too much!  Pushing her luck.

Happens to be where the farrier sets up in those cross ties, so, she’d have to get over it.  β‡’ Pig Therapy.

I won.

horse afraid of pigs

It was a compromise.  She stayed on the “bunny side,” far away from the squeals.  Ribbons on the stall are for the Holland Lop Rabbits, not for the pigs.

beautiful barns

– “We will all soon die.  Why are we still here?”

Her time at this lovely barn might be ending.  Taking advantage of “outside cooldowns” as much as possible!

cool down outside arena after riding

26 thoughts on “Pig Therapy

      1. How kind of you you to say so, Elinor. πŸ™‚ She’s totally adorable!
        Warm greetings from Norfolk,
        πŸ’ƒπŸΌ Dina-Hanne
        🚢Klausbernd
        πŸ‘­Siri & Selma
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  1. We need to see the piglets! I love her face- thank heavens she’s more sensible then her clearly-has-a-death-wish owner.

    But I would put up with piglets to be in a barn like that!

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    1. I think you’re more right than you know – a death wisher, maybe πŸ™‚
      Couple of decades ago I still called it Adventurous, but I’m not Superwoman anymore.
      Pretty funny with the pigs, they make her pose well – usually she looks half asleep.
      And no, didn’t snap pig photos, just like I told “countrymama” earlier, here’s a link to an older batch. They’re all the same πŸ˜‰
      https://ahorseforelinor.com/2014/05/23/visit-to-dorado-andaluz/

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        1. Maybe she would. Then she’d huff, and want to go back outside in pasture again! πŸ™‚ Much too nice weather here to keep horses in.
          I put my mare in one of the stalls after every ride to eat grain, good for getting used to hanging out inside too, but she’s always as happy to leave it, no matter how nice. Spoiled πŸ™‚

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    1. Oh, yes, the pot bellies – because they are usually even more active, walking around more!
      For a while this barn “babysat” a pot belly, she was really cute and harmless and would sleep on a dog bed sometimes by the fireplace in the office.
      I think she may have been even better “therapy” for Valiosa…

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      1. I would need a really thick soft cushion for my now-in-their-7th-decade old bones…or maybe I could just ingest a lot of cannabis beforehand. That’s legal now in Cali, right? πŸ˜‹

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        1. Well hey, you and me both – camping out on the floor would just be too much. πŸ™‚
          I think they legalized it, somewhat, but Trump is reversing it. Perhaps the only good legacy he’ll leave in my book. I’m not a fan of strange pot stores in our town close to my boy’s school.

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  2. Such a beautiful barn! And look what she has learned: one will not die from pigs (merely wish one had). Hope she gets to come home closer to you soon, now that your hand is recovering?

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    1. Yes, the hand is slowly getting a lot better. Definitely not exactly usable yet – I try to use the left hand gently to brush with sometimes to “practice”. But most of the time it’s hurting, or it just takes too long to “fiddle” like that.
      I don’t really feel ready to “go home” yet. But who’d want to leave from here anyway? πŸ™‚

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        1. Yes, worth it! And if I learn to become ultra efficient, it may not add that much to my day after all.
          Well. We’re enjoying it for now, both of us. And yes, SO happy to be back on. Of course, three more days and I’ll be fretting on how to possibly, ever, get better πŸ˜‰

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  3. Our neighbor raises piglets down the rode where I ride when the weather permits. They are the little black and white patched ones. Don’t know the real name of the breed . . . but my horses are also terrified of them! So interesting. The piglets are afraid of the horses too and they go running, squealing, away when we come near, and of course the horses get all excited and look so scared! I swear, they make me think of little three year old children, but with great big bodies.
    Those piglets are soooo cute though.
    And the cows always gather at the fence to stare at us. Lol.
    I have to say that that barn is gorgeous! But your horse is even more beautiful!!

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    1. Nothing as cute as piglets running around! The just look to funny. Like toddlers, bouncing around!

      In another pasture, there are two half grown pigs that we sometimes walk by as a cool down. A few times they’ve decided we might be bringing something to eat, not sure, and they’ve come running and grunting along the fence. BIG TIME pig therapy for gray mare πŸ˜‰

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