I am running my first ever D&D 5e campaign for a completely new party using the Lost Mines of Phandelver adventure.
My party have just decided that they wish to go to Cragmaw hideout following the ambush and they - through a lot of struggle - managed to get the cart with them. After dealing with the goblins outside the cavern, they are now planning on going into the hideout but I believe they have forgotten about their cart. We had stopped the session at this point.
Now, since my players are all new and they have indeed forgotten about their cart, I do plan on prompting them to think about it. I suppose they could decide to just leave the cart outside, or to cover it up with the thickets but then what about the oxen? If they do leave it somewhere where it is obviously going to be seen then I would like there to be some consequence for this.
To the question then: what can I prompt my players - if anything - to do with the cart and oxen?
If they don't do something to stop the goblins from finding it, what is a reasonable thing for the goblins to do?