at this thread.
i understand the horse deal...had to go through it myself when the kids were little. i hated that nag. wife and kids could climb all over her, but whenever i got near her she'd bite, kick, buck, etc. took 2 or 3 years before they all got bored w/her so i sent her on her merry ****in way.
as for the cat, you live in the country...you now how to deal w/it.