There were a bunch of activities around town this weekend including a rodeo and a trail ride. I didn't feel like my horses and horse trailer were ready for a trail ride in a rocky area, so I skipped that. I've seen a lot of rodeos, so my husband and I decided to go hiking in a location near home where one of his coworkers goes hiking and mountain biking. We always admire these mountains when we go into town and felt that it was about time we check them out.
We ran into a few of these dune buggy / quad type vehicles and saw that there was a motocross track just off to the side of the road. One came ripping up from behind us so fast, we only had a second or two to scurry off to the sides of the road. I screamed, and my husband thought I had stepped on a snake. It was hard to hear the engine in the wind.
When we got home, I let the horses out of their stalls and noticed that Bombay's fly mask was missing. I've been leaving the masks on the horses at night so that dirt and sand won't blow in their eyes, but Bombay encourages Rock to rip his off his face. I usually find it lying in the paddock, but today I couldn't find it anywhere. I looked in all the water troughs and feed barrels. I walked around the perimeter of the paddock in case they dropped it over the fence. I dug around in the sand in case they buried it. Much to my dismay, I found it all the way over in the round pen on the other side of our four acres.
We didn't have big enough winds to blow it there. I wondered if someone hiked through our property when we were gone, picked it up off the ground and tossed it in the round pen. Then I wondered if some gutsy stranger might have taken Bombay into the round pen to play with him, removed his fly mask, and forgot about it. That theory really gave me chills, but it was unlikely, because I never leave halters and lead ropes out, so the stranger would have had to bring his/her own.
Then I remembered all the coyote poop I noticed around our back yard that wasn't there the day before. When I tried to put the mask on Bombay, I saw that the Velcro strap had been chewed off in one place, and two eye holes had been chewed...