Friday, August 19, 2011

I am at war with my gelding - Part III

Well, the good news is, the orange plastic barricade I put up is working great - on that side of the pond.  The bad news is, the pond level continues to drop daily, and sections of the pond are getting mighty shallow.  It didn't take long for my crafty little gelding friend to test another section.
Um, Zim?  I'm back here in your pasture; you're in the yard... 
Sadly, by the mud on his hocks, you can tell he didn't have to wade through much moisture to get there.
I could just fence in the birdfeeder tree and let the horses roam all over the yard.  It'd be easier.  But I'd like to keep them away from the house, vehicles, etc. and keep what hoof pits I can out of the lawn (which is in cinders anyway). 

I refuse to invest in cattle panels.  They're big, heavy, ugly, and when the rain comes (and it WILL come), they're almost impossible to wrench back up out of the mud and remove - at least with any semblance of grace. 

So, time to add more orange...
So after 200 more feet of plastic webbing, 55 rebar rods, a bundle of zip ties (by the way, how did we manage in the days before zip ties and bungie cords?!), and a section of rope (ran out of webbing), our pond now looks like this...

This entire area used to be under water.
Do I like it?  No.  Will I let Zim win without a fight?  No.  Will I come back here and admit defeat if he breaches this new attempt to keep him hemmed in?  Hell, no!  My white-trash pond and I have our pride, you know...

Don't mess with Texas?  Don't mess with TexWisGirl!

94 comments:

Joop Zand said...

These pictures are again very nice, i like the last one also very much.....

have a nice weekend,

Bye, Joop

Gone Country said...

The pictures of your pond makes me sad. I hate to see ponds, lakes & streams go dry. What makes me laugh are your attempts to outsmart the gelding! Good luck T! You can DO this!

holdingmoments said...

I admire your perseverance; and Zim's. lol

That water level has certainly gone down a heck of a lot. I hope you get your much needed rain soon.

Sharon said...

So sorry about your pond! I hope you get some gentle rains soon, for about 4 days!

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

LOL! I'm sorry, but I'm enjoying this battle. I was so excited when I saw Zim's photo on my sidebar. LOL! You go, girl! And, I'm with you on the zipties!! Watching for the rest of the story...

Roan said...

I am so sorry to enjoy a laugh while your pond is drying up and you are out working in the heat to put up that lovely new fence, but I just couldn't help myself. That last photo is priceless! Bad Zim!

Dicky Bird said...

The zip tie comment...so true, what did we do...

Dicky Bird said...

The zip tie comment...so true, what did we do...

Clint said...

Really nice feet. snicker.

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

Haha! This is war, Zim! How about a set of blinders. For you, not Zim. ;)

wildcatsthree said...

he really is a crafty little stinker - loved that last shot of your feet too. Have a great weekend

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Sometimes I think the animals are just messing with us:@)

Candy C. said...

Those pesky horses sure can be persistent! Glad you won this battle and here's hoping for some rain for Texas!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

It is rather sad to see those cracks where there should be water.With your determination,you will win this battle. :)

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

I hope the barrier holds, and for goodness sake that you get some rain!!

Ellie said...

Oh, what mucky feet ha ha. Reminds me of my children when they were young.
It's like war between you and your gelding. Who will win? I bet you will. Lol

Sandra said...

we all know who will win this war and it the winner is NOT a horse. LOL. we all need to pray for rain to hide the fence. he looks like he is giving you the look as in who me? i am going to get that bird food

Trey said...

Keep fighting the good fight! Praying for rain for you guys!

Samantha said...

A world without zipties is a far more complicated place.

Heartbreaking about the pond, but the white trash reference made me LOL. We've SO been there in keeping dogs in/critters out!

missing moments said...

You go get 'em, T!

Melodie said...

The battle continues...!

Woody said...

The orange fence lends a certain ambiance. You just need one of those little round tables with two chairs like you see in France with a couple of bottles of Lone Star beer to complete the scene :-)

Mom of M&Ms said...

only one question?? when the rain comes, because it is coming, what will the two of you do for fun?

Lois Evensen said...

You go girl!

BTW, who makes that orange fencing? I think I would like to buy their stock....

EG Wow said...

It's amazing how much your pond has gone down!

Texan said...

Hey at least the orange is a bright spot of color in our burned up lands. This burnt brown is sure ugly isn't it... Now where is the water hose, your not coming in the house with those feet ROFL...

wayside wanderer said...

You go girl!

Deb said...

You go TexWisGirl!

bailey-road.com said...

You make me laugh and cry at the same time! Zim is determined, but so are you!

Montanagirl said...

Ha Ha! You're too funny. I'm sure he'll figure out a way around it - and you! Ha.

~from my front porch in the mountains~ said...

Hate to say this...but, I think Zim is gonna win! Only, because I have been there.LOL!!
Lovely feet, chickie!
xo, misha

ellen abbott said...

Well, what else are you going to do all day?

Comment1 said...

Ha! Looks like you had quite a lot more moisture to wade through.

Quite the battle. There can be only one!

Furry Bottoms said...

Boy, Zim is SMART! But so are you. I would not have thought of the orange webbing in the first place.

Your poor feet!

Leenie said...

...and the drama continues. Keeps the TexWisGirl followers coming back for more. Heh.

don said...

The on-going struggle with the gelding makes for a continuing story that is very good. I was surprised how dry parts of your pond look. The orange netting looks like a lot of work to install. I hope it continues to work.

KaLynn ("MiMi") said...

Go you! I look forward to the never ending saga of the gelding. Well that is until the rain get here. . =0D

That Janie Girl said...

I hate your pond is drying. Praying for rain!

Your feet are muddier than your gelding's!

Don't mess with TexWisGirl is right!

Farm Girl said...

Horses just are diabolical like that.
He knows where he wants to go. Well at least you get to see what is at the bottom of the pond.
I have often wondered what people did without bungie cords, duct tape and all of the things we use, I remember reading that the whole state of Colorado was kept together with bailing wire. I know that is how it used to be around here then it was hay string.
You are right the rains will come.

Sylvia K said...

Determined fellow, isn't he? And, yep, your feet are muddier than his! No, I wouldn't want to mess with TexWisGirl either!! I do so hope you get some rain soon! Have a great weekend -- both of you!

Sylvia

Susan said...

I look at your pond and feel sad that it is drying up. I really hope rain comes soon. AND, that Zim, what a character! Just like his mistress! You are both just too funny! By the way, cute feet!

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

These shots really show how low the pond is. This is beyond awful. I am thinking about those turtles, fish and other critters whose home is slowly drying up. So sad.

Fjällripan said...

You have had a lot of work there I can see, and ofcourse you cant let the horses win ;) Good luck with the new fence! :)

beth said...

i feel terrible for how dry it is there....mother nature is off her medication on the days when you're supposed to get rain....at least that's what i think.

Margaret said...

We will find out who is more stubborn - or is the word "resourceful"? :)

Robin said...

T, my you have been busy! One can't underestimate the intelligence of a horse! Especially when there's a tasty snack at the end of it all!
Maybe you should just give him his own bird feeder!

Mariette said...

Dearest TexWisGirl,

Wow, if I would show you my photo of my bare feet, there is no mud on them but my right big toe + 'index' toe is blue... The horse Patty stepped on my foot when I put her back in the stable after a ride... Arg! Hurt like hell for one day but day by day it improves.
But your pond is like our creek. No water... Pieter put a dam in to have just enough water to pump for some needy plants in order to let them survive this inferno summer. No flowers this summer and the lawn is no lawn, except for the areas where the spinkler hit.
Hope you keep your Zim out after so much work for fencing the pond off! Do you agree that showers are the greates invention?! Thinking often about all those that serve and can't have access to that luxury...
Love to you and have a great weekend!

Mariette

Pricilla said...

Uhm, who rules the ranch?

Bwahahaha! The ANIMALS rule!
Bwamaaahahahahahaha

Kathy said...

You are brave to get in a pond barefooted! Not me! I went down to our pond the other day. We haven't had too much evaporation (It is spring fed) but it sure has muck and slime on the top of it!

Nova said...

I hope too that you are getting rain very soon.

It is so hard for the nature and thats really bad.

Sarah said...

Hope this newest attempt is a success! As we edge towards September and eventually the end of summer, maybe some rain will start to come in. I can't beleive how dry it is down there! Reckon I'll see if for myself before too much longer when we hit the road again.

Debbie said...

hahaha....a real battle of wills. who will win?? i haven't a doubt!!

bon bon said...

lol! seems you should follow zim to avoid wet feet!!

is your hubby home, or are managing all this by yourself?!

Louise said...

Whoa! Zip ties or not, that's a job. I hope that Zim appreciates all of the work that you've done, and stays put. That poor pond! Man, I hope that the rains hit you soon. Any change in the forecasts?

By the way, that looks like a new profile picture. I like it, shows you nice smile.

pattisjarrett said...

Zim has got his work cut out for him--surely met his match.

mick said...

I've never had experience with keeping a horse inside a fence but I had a Rottwieler that NO fence would keep in! It was a battle of wits - so I wish you luck with your horse. I hope the rains come - gently!

Chatty Crone said...

I love your spirit - heck no you aren't going to let him win!

Good dirty feet by the way.

Giga said...

Dziękuję, że byłaś kolejny raz, jako pierwsza w komentarzach i uwielbiam to. Ale proszę wróć na mojego bloga i popatrz na ostatnie zdjęcie i jego opis :-). Pozdrawiam ciepło

Snapper II said...

Texwisgirl
sorry to hear you are having trouble with the pond and horses. I should send you a photo of our lake. when the temperature stays in the 90's the lake grows all kind of krapola. Algie slime duck weed to mention a few. Our lake is farley shalow and that's not good either. I still enjpy your blog. If the weather ever cools down a bit I'll get back out in the woods. Goodluck and God Bless.

thesedaysofmine.com said...

Zim may be leaning on your last nerve....but he's one beautiful horse!

(And don't you wear boots??? I'd be worried about...um...snakes...)

Bob Bushell said...

Beautiful photos they are, but, can you please, do you ride Zim?

Deb said...

you go girl...your still the leader....love the last photo...

Tammy said...

A girl after my own heart....barefoot in the mud :)

You go girl!

Andrew said...

Haha ... look out Zim there is only going to be one winner.... eventually.... pretty hooves in the last pic.

I like the new profile pic.. cute X

JATunnell said...

We too haven't had much rain this summer. Which isn't anything new, but we had a stupendous snowfall in the Sierras, last winter, which is. That's the only reason we still have some full creeks, ponds and lakes this summer.
I'll try and wish some your way

Barb said...

Is that a smile I see on the gelding's face? I believe he has a plan. You'd better get ready for the next round. Gosh - you are so dry there! (Except your feet, that is.)

Rose said...

How I would love to know what goes through his mind? Do you think it is just to get to the birdfeed...or could it be to get closer to you? I can't wait till the next installment, but all in all, I wish you would get some rain.

Butterbean Row said...

You are sure some kind of strong woman!You could have been one of the pioneers in the old days.
I say we take up a collection and get this girl a pedicure, whadya say!

LOL

Paula said...

We're adding water to the stock tank as I sit here reading your blog. It gets dry so fast with the heat and cows drink a lot of water. We have to let it run several days to get up to par. Thank goodness from the well.

IanH said...

Now, I'm not taking sides, but I'm hoping for the underdog.

Ms. Becky said...

you are truly a woman after my own heart. but the difference between us is I once entered into a battle like this with a.....possum. yeah. that's right. I admire you beyond expression. you go girl. hugs across the miles.

Buttons said...

I would never mess with you. :) B oh yes I love your new photo. B

Amish Stories said...

A very nice blog and thought id say hello. Richard from the Amish community of Lebanon,Pa.

Debbie said...

oooooohhhhhh i LOVE the new picture!!!

Katie @Pinke Post said...

Hands down one of your funniest posts ever. Good luck!

Hilary said...

Ha.. it sounds like you have yourself a worthy opponent there.

Angela said...

Oh my goodness! The things we do to keep our animals safe. You are a mess girl! I sure hope it rains there soon! It is just so sad to see your pond all dried up like that.

Have a Wonderful Weekend!
Angela

Kjell T. Evensen said...

Ho, Ho. Can see me waving down here at post 78, I think? :) This is obviously a great post. :-)
I sure liked it, too. :)

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

Rain here this evening, and I'm so grateful for it. But I have to tell you I admire you for going barefoot--I'm too much of a germa-phobe to do that, and besides, I'm also afraid I'll step on something that moved! And I'm putting my money is on YOU!!

:-)))

Mama Zen said...

Good luck!

Randy said...

I can't believe how dry it is there. Great shots.

Linda R. said...

WOW!! It looks like you need rain in a bad way.. That last shot cracked me up..

Hugs, Linda

(GBS) NewsFromTheHill said...

I'm still amazed that you haven't had to do to a little solar electric wire. My guys would have walked through the orange stuff immediately!! Zim is a gentleman!!

Allison said...

Ha! This puts a feisty spin on my day, T! Love your muddy legs - shame on you! How Texan! How un-Swiss-like! I'm gonna do this RIGHT NOW! Let's see... maybe I can unearth the rotting soccer goal that's wedged in our yard. (My prim and proper friend is mortified with it, but her good breeding keeps her from saying anything... which makes me laugh to tears inside! Just watching her suffer over the untidiness! It's like optical persecution).

A-n-y-w-a-y, I was going to jump in the shower, but now that I've seen your feet.....

:)

SquirrelQueen said...

Your pond is really getting low, maybe the rain will come before it disappears.

If I were a bettin' woman my money would be on you to win this battle.

Joe said...

That a girl. NEVER surrender!!

Joycee said...

You're a woman...and you're Texan, giving up in not in your vocabulary! Hope his works, I bet it does!

heyBJK said...

Goodness, you're in a serious way with a lack of rain. I'm surprised you aren't getting bigger visitors to the pond - deer, turkeys, coyotes, etc. Or is there other water nearby?

I think your feet are dirtier than Zim's! LOL!

Kerry said...

I wonder if the season of tropical storms will finally five you relief. In the meantime Zim is getting more and more hilarious (although maybe not so funny to you!)

MarieElizabeth said...

You go girl! I'm still praying for rain down there, for relief of the drought and all your extra work here.

littlethingsoflife said...

I just finished showing my husband your 'dry gulch' photos from the ranch -- Looks much like our neck of the woods, except we are in a more urban environment. I hope your Zim will eventually decide to quit messin' with Texas and with TexWisGirl!! You're not giving up without a fight -- and you've certainly put a lot of time and effort and zip ties into your project!

Hope y'all get rain soon. We were 107 instead of 108.9 here today, so maybe it's cooling off -- ya think??

Take care and stay hydrated!!! :)

Michelle Renee said...

Lol about your muddy feet!!! I hope Zim minds his manners this time. Keep up the good work...eventually he'll have to concede.

Here I Am/Carrie said...

WE are having a heat wave also and everything beyond my watering is turning brown. As I was reading I was wondering that you must have had to go in the mud for all the fencing. Then laugh when I saw your feet. Oh that must have felt good.. I hope you finally won the battle.

forestwalk/laura k said...

it's really sad that the pond is so low... :(
i'm surprised you could even walk in that mucky mud...looks like the kind of stuff that just sucks your feet in and makes it impossible to pull your leg out! like a vacuum!

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