Anyway, Christine suggested that coyotes were stealing them, but I had never seen coyotes go through or past the barn to get to the arena where I kept the balls. However, when I found sharp tooth marks in one of the balls, I realized that the coyote theory was the most plausible.
Last night at dusk, Stewie growled at something outside. I saw a coyote walk right up to the barn, crawl under the gate, walk right past the horses, and go out to the far end of the sandy arena, knowing very well that the area was fenced and it could not get away if cornered in there. He or she was just sniffing around, probably following a bunny trail.
It was hard to take pictures because of the lack of natural light, so most of them came out blurry. I also had to zoom in, which makes it more difficult to get the coyote in frame. If I move the camera at all when pressing the shutter release, I risk getting a lopsided and blurry shot.
|Oops. It saw me. This picture is worth blowing up, because the eyes are so awesome.|
|Coyote casually wandering back out of the arena past the horses.|
Rock is moving better this morning and Gabbrielle is leaving him alone, so we seem to have made it past this latest crisis of horse wars.