Only an animal owner, who has been through the worry of sick pets, can feel like I do right now. I just went out to check on the ponies and there are mountains of poop everywhere! Good solid poop that has that wonderful horsey smell to it. I did a happy dance with my bucket and shovel. And both ponies were grazing quietly in the middle of it all. Admittedly, when Maisie saw me she walked into the shelter, maybe she thought I was going to put something nasty down her throat, but apart from being a bit heavy and slow on her feet, she seems much better. So I picked up two large buckets of poop and talked to them (the ponies, not the buckets!) a bit, then when I left they were grazing again, side by side. I think Tartine is glad to have her mother back with her, instead of being alone in the field - she has appeared a bit lonely the last few days.
But I have to say, I am glad that cats don't produce poop on that scale - it would smell horrible! The difference between herbivores and carnivores in that area is enormous.