A Hole in the Fence

You never know what to expect when you find something like this...

A couple of days ago, I walked out to our pastures (in the mud, as you can see), and I found the above section of fence in less than good repair. Apparently, an efficient someone was trying to prepare our waterers for winter. Checking heat tape, insulation and heaters – which is very much appreciated!

However, I wasn’t the only one on that muddy day to discover the opening. It seemed that “Little J”, one of our yearling fillies, had discovered the hole before I did. Leaving all her pasture mates behind, Little J squeezed herself easily through the opening and went off in search of new pals.

Ironically enough, I found the yearling filly 3 pastures down, hanging out with her dam “Joker” – on opposite sides of the fence of course.

Little J is the sorrel on the left. Her dam, "Joker" is on the right.

Little J was actually an embryo baby and was delivered by a surrogate mother. However, I always found the relationship between Little J and Joker to be fascinating. You see, Joker was bred to Wimpys Little Step and had an embryo pulled early in the year 2008. Then Joker was bred back to Wimpys Little Step shortly thereafter (that same year) and carried this pregnancy herself. Both babies were born in 2009 and when they were old enough to wean, we left Little J’s surrogate behind in Texas. And we brought Joker, her palomino colt and Little J home to Canada.

Amazingly enough, Joker took Little J under her protective wing almost immediately. There were times when I could walk out to the pasture and find Joker, her colt and Little J all eating their supplement out of the same bucket. I know there’s no possible way Joker could have ever known Little J was actually her filly, but all 3 of them eating together (in a pasture full of mares and foals) was a strange coincidence nonetheless…

The palomino is Joker's 2009 colt, Joker is on the right and Little J can be seen eating beside the colt. All out of the same bucket...

Anyways, I’m straying from my hole in the fence story. So here was Little J, on that muddy day, enjoying her new adventure:

Joker is on left and Little J on right (playing mountain goat on the waterer).

We have discovered that this filly is a real character. A card, a ham, whatever you want to call her. But she keeps things interesting around here. And if there are any holes in the fence, she is the first to let us know!

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend!


  1. Very interesting story! However a part of me wants to believe that Joker knew more than we give her credit for

  2. Jenn Webster says

    I think you’re probably right Cody!

  3. Judy Greenall says

    Jennifer..we find the same thing with cows..sometimes there will be 4 or 5 generations that hang together..cows aren’t as dumb as they seem sometimes, they will travel in families when they are on the range..strange but true!

  4. Love this story, Jenn! There are some things you just can’t explain with logic or science and this is one of them. I believe in the connection…