November 16, 2012 by phicks2012
Today I revisited the wonders of fence repair and horse wrangling.
Those of you without livestock will probably fail to appreciate the sheer fun of chasing down stray horses, cows and goats, but during my lifetime I’ve had ample opportunity to experience such euphoria numerous times, and — let me tell you — a person can generate a LOT of Weight Watchers exercise points herding recalcitrant bovines and leading strayed horses along busy roads while trying to avoid catastrophe in the form of idiots in large trucks who think it’s great fun to blast their horns. As for goats, well they have a tendency to climb, and will jump up on Cadillacs and Beamers if you don’t keep them penned — a habit the owners of Cadillac and Beamers tend to find annoying at best, and insurance agents probably HATE!
So, when a fence goes down, it’s always a really good idea to fix it immediately before the resident equines, bovines, or other frisky ruminants can find the gap and stage The Great Escape — and I’ve gotten fairly good at that given a pair of fence pliers, some wire, and a willingness to step in manure when absolutely necessary.
I was once seen chasing down a Santa Gertrudis bull with a cane yelling “Hamburger!” while trying to ‘persuade’ him back through a gate and watching two police offers hide behind their cop car shouting “Shoo, Cow!” through a bull horn.
I invite you to share your own tales, if you have any, and remember that “Good Fences” DO (in such cases) “make good neighbors!