The horses usually get 2-3 hours on the pasture sometime between 08:00 and 13:00. This morning I was out by 06:00 to help load our hay, and it was 11:00 by the time we got it unloaded and stacked. The storage bay is filled to the brim, and another 25 bales are piled at the back of Henry's spot -- isn't it beautiful?
Being largely selfish I chose to take a hot shower before turning the horses out. From the bathroom window I saw Bernice jogging past -- Tonka and Raven are usually grazing when she goes by, much to her disappointment. Today she was able to ply them both with alfalfa cubes (we have a box of these attached to our fence with a sign asking people not to feed Tonka anything else), and David reports that she stayed through most of my shower (i.e. a long time).
I eventually turned the horses out, and when they came back in this afternoon Raven headed straight for top part of the paddock and waited patiently under the cedars, hanging her head over the fence now and then to look down the road. She stood there the whole time David and I performed our lawn care ritual (i.e. a long time) and finally headed down to join Tonka at the feeder around dusk. It could be that she's starting another heat cycle (they make her weird), but I think that she was waiting for someone to come along with more tasties.