by Michelle von Schmidt-Pauli

Manley has always done things his own way.  And in the 17 years we’ve had him I’ve had numerous “guess what your horse did?” calls from the barn.  But this one was a doozy.

Tuesday afternoon I got a call from our trainer explaining that Manley escaped from his paddock (nothing new he’s brilliant that way) had wondered over to the elementary school behind the barn to hang with the kids (that’s a new one) and that animal control was now involved (color me speechless).  Fortunately someone called the barn and he was collected before he was taken to horsey jail.

We think he is having a hard time adjusting to his recent retirement and was lonely.  Of course he also knows if you hit a human in just the right way with your head, treats come out.