We have a running joke when team Point Above Farm comes south and it involves about 200 pounds of bacon. That's right a very very large pig. :) The Gibbes family has several members that are not of the human kind, and they are treated just as well as those human kind!
"Otis" is a very important part of our training program down here. You see we don't have to do as much trotting with the horses because they spend all day running away from this darn pig. I couldn't even bring Vaunted in the barn for the majority of the trip last year. Horses just find Otis terrifying. Now this is no ordinary pig...this is the most scheming pig that ever was! He finds the horse that is most afraid of him and he knows it within days of the horses being here. He often times also likes to hang out by the dressage arena just as we are trying to either get a young horse through a test or get Vaunted to work on his changes....his timing is impeccable...what-a-pig.
Now no one at Point Above Farm is of the gambling kind but we do all take bets as to what horse is going to be the worst about Otis. Bonnie's horse Jenga, J as he was called by his bff"s, NEVER got over that pig. Whenever J was being not so cooperative she would threaten to hang a picture of Otis up by his stall. I think this year I am going to try to put a fake Otis under some show jumps and see if Vautned jumps higher. I feel like this is a fool proof plan! I took some pictures of Marley Stone's new horse, Wexford, when he first realized that there was a side of bacon around. hehe