I just looked out the kitchen window to spy an unfortunate surprise.
The hay feeders we set up in a sheltered outdoor area (the better to save on bedding for the two horses that normally live outside anyway) have been discovered by deer. I'd brought the horses in last night, in anticipation of a storm--probably more for my peace of mind than anything--and the feeders that were half-full when I haltered the two critters and removed them from the pasture are as empty this morning as empty can be.
So much for what seemed like a good idea at the time! Deer are lovely, but we sure don't need to be feeding them our gold-priced alfalfa, nor be training them to come to a steady food source.
Just another lesson learned, I guess, along the horselife highway....