Big Beautiful Brat


I let Patriot out of his stall first thing this morning and out to the back barn yard. He’s browsing the green, green grass strewn with bobbing buttercups. I’m glad he’s having a lovely morning. I’m a little tired.


  1. lattelady says:

    How are the riding lessons going?
    Or is that the reason for the term ‘brat’. 😉

    • Suzanne McMinn says:

      The lessons were postponed because the lady’s husband had a medical issue. Hopefully we can start them soon. I also did find a trainer for Patriot, but I’m not sure when we’ll start with him. Probably around mid-summer.

  2. lattelady says:

    Suzanne, thank you for your prompt reply. I then read the other comment in re his escapades Saturday night. He was lonesome. 😉 Glad the girls found him and he is back home. Horses do get lonesome.

  3. Jane L says:

    Yep, horses are just very social. You said he and Zip get on? Hopefully when she comes, he will stay where he belongs!

  4. Barbee says:

    Silly horse! And, just look at all that green in the photo! Beautiful picture!

  5. Murphala says:

    I totally felt your angst at ‘losing’ the brat, er, Patriot! :shocked: Glad he’s safe. Hope you find the breach in the containment area soon… I’ll be looking for a post about how that little rascal removed himself from captivity… Hope you get a little relaxing in before the weekend is over!! :clover:

  6. bbkrehmeyer says:

    some horses are born jumpers. If he happens to be one,there is no way that short fence will keep him in. We had 8 foot pole fences for our horses. dont like barbed wire. if they are jumpers that is Dangerous.. Had to have 5 strand barbed wire for the sheep tho. 4 strand for the cattle. just a thought. the word “relax” is not part of a farmer or ranchers vocabulary!!! :sheepjump:

  7. Cheryl LeMay says:

    If Patriot gets out again you’ll know where to look for him. I’m betting he jumped out.

  8. JerseyMom says:

    You could raise the height of your fence, if you need to, by adding some uprights to the existing posts and running a line of electric fence above the top board. I use electric fencing totally – it is a psychological barrier more than a physical one but works great and was much less expensive than traditional fencing. I’m betting Patriot won’t want to go anywhere once Zip arrives though. Most of them just need food and company to be content.

  9. riderofchaos says:

    I have to agree with what was previously said. Horses are social herd animals and like to be with other horses. and yeah, some horses will jump right on out of their field. I personally would be more concerned about the amount of grass Patriot is getting though. It is a common misconception that it is wonderful and loving for a horse to have all the fresh green grass they can eat. The image of him on all that gree is buetiful, but scary. Please look up founder and please do not keep Patriot out on green grass 24/7. It can come on extremely quick.

    • Suzanne McMinn says:

      Every single time I post a photo of Patriot, someone tells me about foundering and to not keep him on the grass fulltime…….. It’s a little frustrating…..

      Re-stating: The rescue group had him on grass, and advised me to put him on grass, fulltime. He is fine. I am in regular contact with them about his care, and am taking care of him according to their instructions. Thank you for your concern! But…. It does get a little frustrating, the repeated warnings about foundering. (Sorry. Some days it feels more frustrating than other days.)

Add Your Thoughts