We haven’t shared much about Maia lately, and that’s because she’s been wonderfully, blissfully boring. She continues to spend her time in Yard 5, alternating between grazing in the back pastures and being a pond blob. Despite this, she still keeps us guessing. Unlike the others, she follows quickly enough that sometimes she’s just behind us, so we go in a bit of a circle with her. This hilariously left Scott searching for her in the rain for an excessive amount of time before she finally found him across the creek in 5.
Recently, since she was close, we opened Yard 1 for her so we could do a thorough cleaning of Yard 5. The areas where she spends most of her time – near the pond and her favorite pasture – tend to collect enough dung and leftover hay that they need periodic cleaning.
While she was near the barn, we brought her into the chute for a quick health check-up and a little bit of foot maintenance. After we closed her in the chute, we grabbed treats and the footwork tools. Surprisingly, when we asked for her foot, she didn’t put her foot on the bars. We asked her again, and she still didn’t comply. It seemed out of character for her until we circled around to the front of her. We quickly realized she was leaning her head against the bars and her eyes were closed. She was falling asleep. Once we stopped laughing, we asked her to move up and she woke up and took a step up, as requested. Quickly, before she fell back asleep, we asked for her foot again. She put it up and did great for footwork, half napping the entire time. Once it was over, she played in the mud wallow a little bit.
As Maia left the mud wallow, Lady started heading toward the barn from a neighboring yard. Lady seemed a little surprised to see Maia, but continued walking after a brief pause with her ears out. Maia halfway walked over, and they both paused for a few seconds before continuing on their separate ways. Lady went to the back of Yard 2, and Maia walked into Yard 5, presumably for her much-needed pond nap – being Maia is exhausting.
Photo of Maia in the back of Yard 5 – and you can see why she loves it there.