Just had a fright. All three brats got out. My husband has been spreading grass seed and he got a flat so he drove the four wheeler up to the barn to fix it. He had to go to the store to get some supplies and apparently had only leaned the panel we use for a gate up and didn't fasten it thinking it wouldn't take long. Apparently one of them decided to go for a joy ride and knocked the panel down.
When the neighbors alerted us the horses were nowhere in sight. We walked all over, calling and whistling, then we drove all over. Our neighbors decided to try whistling again and Chrome came trotted up the very steep thickly wooded hill across the road from our house. He trotted up to her and stopped less than an arm's length away, then he turned to look back where Faran and Zeppelin were hiding. My neighbor used her dog's leash to catch Chrome and her friend tried to catch the others. Zeppelin let her touch his nose and then turned and galloped off. The brat donkey started biting and chasing Faran back into the trees, so the neighbor with Chrome led him to the pasture. Luckily the other two came back and followed them in. I'm so thankful traffic wasn't heavy because people speed down our road all of the time.
So they are all safe and sound, hot and tired, but fine. This has only made me even more determined to get Zep halter broke though. Even if we do though I don't think he'll ever let a stranger halter him . . . I think I'm going to pen him up by the house so I can work with him frequently throughout the day. He's going to be pissed being separated from his buddies, but maybe he'll seek comfort in me. I hope. I just hope he doesn't keep the whole neighborhood awake with his braying. We'll see. Maybe I can keep him up in the day and let him go at night. I'll figure something out, but I need a way to work with him without traipsing all over thirty acres.
Anyway I'm just glad they are okay. I was having horrible thoughts of Chrome going through a fence to get to a mare or a car hitting him. It was horrible. Every time they've gotten loose before they just grazed in our yard or our neighbor's yard. Eeek! I'll definitely be making sure my husband secures the gate from now on.