It was 6am and he managed to get out of his pasture (summer night turnout). He crossed a state highway and was found grazing on one of the greens. The dumb kid (golf course employee) on the golf cart tried to chase him off while me, my mom, my trainer, my BO, and the township cops were there to catch him. He left divots in the green and the golf course wanted to sue for damages until the cop told them in no uncertain terms that THEY caused the damage. What a great start to my sophomore year of college.
I was a barn manager for about 6 years, and the most common phrases I didn't want to hear were varioations on the theme of "I need you to look at something."
That phrase began to inspire dread because it could mean anything from a horse with hives to a bleeding gash in a leg to an automatic waterer flooding the stall to smoke coming from the manure pile.... Regardless of the specifics, "can you come look at this" is almost never easy to fix and is almost always expensive, and often involves calling a professional.
In order to think outside the box, one must first know what is in the box.
As barn owner, I call my boarders on various matters. Some may be serious, some are social or just chatty. First thing out of my mouth when they pick up the phone is "Hi-this-is-not-an-emergency" and then we talk. One of my boarders has as "my" ringtone "Houston, we have a problem."
They don't call me frugal for nothing.
Proud and achy member of the Eventing Grannies clique.