good idea to think ahead

I walk among the animals at least once every day. In the morning I walk around in their paddock, keeping out of their flight zones, investigating its condition and waking them up. They aren’t asleep but they are ruminating, and their brains are off line so to speak when they do so. You can startle them into action when they are ruminating, but it’s best to gently, stresslessly, wake them from their contented stupor.