Friday, August 12, 2011

I am at war with my gelding!

Yeah, this terror!
He's not normally this evil;  I caught him in mid-head shake.
You see, as the pond recedes, the ends of the fence lines become exposed too.  We've already extended both sides in previous years, getting welders to put pipe fencing down into the water, and adding horse corral panels onto those yet.  And in an especially vulnerable spot, I strung old fish-breeder tires together to make a 'watergate' he wouldn't cross.

Well, this year's drought is the worst we've seen here.  The pond level drops daily as the willow trees drink in what water they can, and as the sun drinks back whatever else.  Zim's begun wading through the shallower parts to come up into the yard.  Not to eat the lawn, because, frankly, there's nothing to eat but dried straw, but to raid the birdfeeders.  He'll eat from all the flat feeders and ranch feeders, then go to the tube feeders and shake the seeds out like salt from a saltshaker.  Pitiful...

Anyway, I tried to put some natural barricades in place to dissuade him from heading for the home shore.  I drug tree branches and logs over,
 poked pungi sticks into the mud to make it look like an imposing fence line,

even used the 'keyhole' stump as an easy fence post.
Then as the piece de resistance, I decided to use psychological warfare.  I gathered up a bunch of those bones I mentioned in The Bone Yard and laid them down as a warning:  "Abandon hope, all ye who enter here" lest ye suffer the same fate!



Think it'll work?
{sigh}

107 comments:

wildcatsthree said...

he looks like a real pistol - you can just see it in his eyes! Good luck

A Quiet Corner said...

Well, if he's part Indian Pony, it will work! I'm so glad someone else uses sticks, stones, bones because I mark my new plantings with various natural markers...the Pres laughs about it all the time...:)JP

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Oh, girl! That is some serious warfare!! LOL! Love those bone deterrents! Fight on, Sister! Fight on! He is a beauty, but one can tell a worthy adversary! lol!

The White Farmhouse said...

For his sake I hope that it works! I can see in his eyes that he is plotting though. He is just beautiful though! Had to laugh at the salt shaker though. How funny! I guess more so for me than you though!

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

Your creation looks like a Native American offering to the Great Spirit. Hopefully, he's listening to your pleas for assistance. :)

Pattie said...

He is beautiful. And smart...He'll figure a way. LOL.

Mom of M&Ms said...

that first photo makem look like he will win.. s hijust a tad determined and crazy..LOL good luck

Mariette said...

Dearest TexWisGirl,

Wow, that is a persistant horse and it might remember the taste of the birdfeeder's yummy snacks! Naughty...

Wishing you the best for the ending of summer. Our creek is also almost dry. Bad summer for the south.

Love to you,

Mariette

thesedaysofmine.com said...

I don't know if it will work or not, but those are beautiful pictures of him. Good luck with your strategy. You'll have to let us know if it's successful!

Jill said...

Zim is such a beauty! You certainly have tried everything. I do hope it works. Keep us posted.

Roan said...

Nah, Zim now has a taste for the snacks you feed the birds. It may take a while, but I'm betting on Zim's ingenuity. But, good luck!

Melodie said...

Oh yes, he is thinking about it!Life is an adventure when you have a mischievous animal like that!

Arija said...

Droughts do present challenges. I think the evaporative loos is greater than the drinking willows. Depending on temperature and windspeed, inches can evaporate in a day.

I like your greedy, inventive gelding.

Jan n Jer said...

I don't know if you can fool him. He is a smart animal! He looks determinded in that first shot! Good Luck and I am doing a rain dance for all you folks!

Dicky Bird said...

From his look on the first picture, I think he will win. You have made some creative fences...the bones, too funny! Blessing from Wisconsin!

Trey said...

Not a chance!

Kim said...

I don't think he is fooled, I think he is determined. Love the bone fragment warning though :)

Changes in the wind said...

I think he might have the same attitude you do....if there is a will there is a way.....

Mike said...

As another commenter mentioned, I thought about a little Indian witchery with the bone placement.

Clint said...

You have a diabolical mind to come up with the bone barricade notion.

Hey---I see where y'all didn't make 100 degrees yesterday.

Bruce Clark said...

Your gelding doesn't seem to happy with you in the first photo :)

MarieElizabeth said...

Points for creativity, to both of you!

LB @ Bullets And Biscuits said...

OMG! Talk about "Deliverance" over at JGR's place...your joint is coming in close second with all those bones scattered and Zim's evil eye. whooo haaaa haaa ...;)

Aren't horses scared of snakes? Can you put down some black hose or ropes and move them around every couple days? I read somewhere you can put hoses down in your gardens and such to keep birds and varmints out because they think its a snake. I don't personally do this becuase I scare the shit outta myself everytime

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

If it's not the squirrels it's the horses... that bird feed must be some good stuff!!! I've had a skunk "visiting" the last few nights, could I borrow one of the dogs?:@)

Comment1 said...

Haha! More fences should look just like that. Arts and craft fencing!

Candy C. said...

Nah, not gonna work!! If he's anything like Paco, he will do anything and everything possible to be where he's not supposed to be! :)

Buttons said...

Wow I cannot believe you still have the drought I wish I could send rain to you.
Your horse is beautiful. When we mend fences like that and yes I do ones that scare them away for my cattle we call it cobbling. Good cobble.:). You think the bones would have done it.
Hope it rains soon for you. B

Susan said...

Very inventive... will be interesting to know if it all works.
Quite artistic, the bone fence!

Sandra said...

I am thinking probably will not work. i know this is aggravating for you, but i did have to smile while reading it. you are a genius at using natural materials to block that sweet horse from the bird feeders. this is a first, a horse who raids bird feeders. to much for my mind

Texan said...

We have the same issue with our fence that runs into the pond.. its our middle ground, front pasture, back pasture. Luckily as of now we are letting the goats go back and forth as they wish. Otherwise I would try your graveyard idea :O). Thats creative :O)...Though ummm I am thinking your big fella there, well he probably isn't going to be afraid :O).

Larry Ostby said...

Ya know that look ya get from a pet when it hears the word NO! Ya turn your back and step away and oops the deed is done. That's the look your getting in that last photo. I don't think he will be successful however. Good luck.

Samantha said...

Awww, now I want a bone fence. Maybe it would keep the religious folks from ignoring the No Solicitation and No Trespassing signs!

I think you're fighting a losing battle with Zim. Seeds are too tasty.

Lois Evensen said...

No, probably won't work. You know, "the best laid plans...."

He is a gorgeous horse! Wow.

edenhills said...

Good luck with that! I'm thinking cattle panels and metal posts. Either that or start feeding the birds horse feed and that might slow him down if it's not a special treat for him.

Teresa

Kjell T. Evensen said...

It looks like a scene from Forensics Files to me! Does my coffee taste funny? To the tune: do do do do....

OceanoAzul.Sonhos said...

nevertheless... the horse it's really beautiful (I like very much horses)
good luck!

oa.s

Tricia said...

that's a tough one... that last shot sure is a beautiful capture, tho... he's very handsome! =)

Sharon said...

Zim seems in mighty fine condition and I think raiding the bird feeders may have helped. Did you do a rain dance whilst laying out the bones?

{ T G L } said...

That gelding looks somethin' fierce! What a beautiful creature - good luck handling him!

Blessings,
This Good Life

Farm Girl said...

That is just how they are, they just like to be where they aren't supposed to be and they like to wander too. He does look really pretty though.

Allison said...

I don't know if it'll work, but I will say.... THERE IS A LOCHNESS MONSTER IN YOUR POND!!

EG Wow said...

Will it work? Ha! Depends. :))

Judy said...

He's beautiful T.

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Texwisgirl, Smart horse! I am really sorry about that puny storm. Oh well...
Have a wonderful day today. I am hoping you will have a real soaker and cooler weather soon.

Louise said...

I'm surprised it's your gelding. Usually it's the mares who are totally food oriented. I better shut up, or she'll start tagging along.

holdingmoments said...

Love the idea of the boneyard lol
Somehow, I don't think it'll work though.

Leenie said...

Yes, the bones are a nice touch, but he doesn't seem amused.

Snappy Di said...

Ya do what you gotta do when it comes to animals. Hope this works !

Evelyn S. said...

I love what you've done to deter his wandering! So ingenious. Beautiful horse, too.... you're lucky!

Sylvia K said...

Beautiful horse! And, yes, you do what you have to do! I think you're really clever! Hope you both enjoy the day!!

Sylvia

Kerry said...

This drought has GOT to go; it's just terrible. I wish rain for you, and lots of it.

Zim is a beauty.

Montanagirl said...

I think you're getting the evil eye! Ha.

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

That no doubt involved a bit of work and a large amount of your time to construct all of that. Now if it does the job it will be well worth it. But if not, that is going to be extremely frustrating. And to think scamper rats were to be your only problem with the bird feeders. Well, we'll see in the next post or so if you were successful or not. I wish you good luck.

Debbie said...

you've got your hands full....but he is just gorgeous!!!

now when you say "I", do you mean "you"?? cause when i say "I" i mean chuck!!

my rain dance continues but i am exhausted!!! xo

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

By the time you got to the bones I was doubled over lol'ing. He is a beauty though. Would be hard to get mad at him. :)

missing moments said...

And I thought I had problems with the deer and ground hogs! He's a mighty force to reckon with ... he's smart, he'll figure it out!

pattisjarrett said...

I dunno, he looks pretty smart.

Paula said...

Lots of good improvising on your part but sorry I'm betting on the horse. Praying for rain!

lisa said...

I sure hope it works for you.
What a gorgeous horse this is!!

wayside wanderer said...

Oh my gosh that is great. A bone fence line!! Girl, you have been busy! What a sight to behold. Honestly, it wouldn't keep me away from good snacks but I wish you luck. If it would just RAIN it would solve a lot of problems. Thought we were going to get some yesterday but it was just a tease.

Karen said...

Imust say, I have never been quite so creative with fencelines :-) Bungees are my friend though...

Woody said...

Based on the eyes in the first photo, I'd say "Not a chance" - amazing how animals can convey attitude.

The eyes in the bottom say "Who, me? I'd NEVER do that".

And you thought the squirrels were bad at cleaning out the feeders. Ha!

Pricilla said...

I guess he sees it as a treat...like a goat to grain

Furry Bottoms said...

I had to laugh at what you did with the bones!!! Beware!!

He is just so beautiful.

bailey-road.com said...

I've never had a horse at my bird feeders! He's winning the battle of wills! I love these pictures!

Crissi said...

Hello,
It is perhaps a wild horse, but a very nice horse,
Greetings from Germany Crissi

mick said...

I bet the horse wins! and the new fence is a work of art!!

(GBS) NewsFromTheHill said...

What a handsome fellow! From his expression, I'd say you need to go down to Tractor Supply for some step-in posts and a roll of electric tape! :)

Chatty Crone said...

He is so handsome and so smart. Reminds me of a school I once knew...

Andrew said...

Haha Theresa.... he just wants to be with you.
A lovely post and great images of all your efforts.
Zim is a real beauty.

Bob Bushell said...

The horse has worn itself out with all that chattering.

Deb said...

sounds like Bliss...we had to redo the electric fence...she was trying to go get another chicken dinner this morning.....pets.....

Ms. Becky said...

hmmmm. I just don't know what to think. if it would rain, you'd have no problem. he's a wild beauty.

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Hilda R.B said...

Hi,hi the horse will win I think. The horse is beautiful and smart! Have a realaxing weekend to you.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Holy moley -- and some people complain because SQUIRRELS rob their bird feeders! Yikes!

And still no measurable rain?

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

That first picture is awesome!

Oh dear. I hope you get rain soon.

Birdman said...

I'd have to ask Lori Skogg or Farmchick... they know more about horses than I. Yes, I think that first one is a keeper.

My Farmhouse Kitchen said...

what a beautiful boy !!!! i had horses and rode for years too...love horses...

oh that darn drought...it makes me so sad for the animals...

happy to see you today, my friend

kary and teddy
xx

Fjällripan said...

It would work! What a beautiful horse!!

*Honest Abe said...

I must say it surely worked. He looks a bit sad.

I am still on virtual vacation – a sabbatical of sorts but love to pop in on people. To me it is something like opening the door on the outhouse...

You are always in for a big surprise!

Ellie said...

Boy but you must have worked to do all that. Those bones would sure put me off coming through. LOL.
He definately has a scary look on his face in the first picture.

Robin said...

Good Luck with that!! LOL. Bet you worked up a sweat moving all that stuff around!
Gem's worth it though!

SouthCoast Guy said...

Hope it works.....but part of me is curious to see what the next step to deter him would be :)

Susan said...

Now you can tell that horse has personality. He's beautiful, and I'm hoping for you that you've outsmarted him. But...

Leontien said...

WoW that first pictures is just amazing!

hope you have agreat weekend!
Leontien

Betsy from Tennessee said...

You Go Girl!!!! You can do it... Hope your strategy works. Gorgeous horse --even if he has a mind of his own.
Hugs,
Betsy

Roadside Rustic said...

What a handsome fella.

Randy said...

I sure hope you get some rain soon. Your horse is a really a looker.

Michaele said...

Personally - I wouldn't go anywhere near there. The question is - did he watch you do it? Maybe he could have a bird feeder for himself? lol I am glad my problem creatures aren't that big.

Barb said...

Well, he's a beautiful animal that's for sure!

Κωστής Τζαγκαράκης said...

A great animal.
In that first photograph he looks ferocious.
Costas

heyBJK said...

Horses can be very creative as you know. The need for food and water will make them do things they might not ordinarily do. He seems pretty determined, too. (Especially judging from that top photo!)

barbara l. hale said...

I sure wish you would get some rain down there. It must be a real challenge. Beautiful and smart horse.

Joop Zand said...

It's a beauty..... nice serie again.

wish you a lovely weekend.

Greetings, Joop

Linda said...

Just hopped over to you in Texas from Norway (Nordis). Love the shifts in world view through the blogging world!
My goodness, you've been busy in that searing heat. That seems one smart horse. Wish I could send you some of our rain - have a look at my 'Drookit' post. We have had more than enough recently.

SquirrelQueen said...

Love that head shake.
Well it may not work on him but with all those bones lying around you probably don't have to worry about anyone trespassing! :D

madrassi said...

heheh... i liked the scary part a lot with bones laid on. I wish it rain to restore the pond to turn the place to its nature state. Great shot on horse ! I appreciate you work on barriers :)

forestwalk/laura k said...

OH the look in his eyes in that first picture!! i think he will figure out a way to get what he wants.
love the way you try to deter him with the bones...but i don't think it'll work...

C'MON RAIN!!

Sarah said...

that first picture of him reveals his true nature I'm sure. I don't beleive he's really as docile as he looks in the last. Your barricade definatly got creative! Hope it worked for you, though I think having his company so close would be nice, except your painted buntings might resent having to share.

Rose said...

I have been trying for days to remember Zim's name...I could remember Gem but not Zim for the life of me...wanted to remember it on my own but then saw this and had to read to find out.

Janie2 said...

Oh what a beauty of a horse!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Looks like you might of had some happy trails when you use to ride. I am so jealous.
Remember one of these days, I will be camping on your land. Then you will have your hands full!

bon bon said...

omg, what a determined beast! i think we need some photos of him eating from the bird feeder. ;o)

so, what keeps the dogs from "moving" the bone fence?

Michelle Renee said...

What a BEAUTIFUL horse...I hope he cooperates with your plans. Lol...about the bones.

We just bought a horse yesterday, but he's not here yet (we'll get him sometime today). I can't wait!!! :)

Negerigeletschtempoit said...

The best part for me was the "vodoo" like line of bones on the ground!

You made me laugh, sweet friend. If we lived closer, I'd be there to help you put up something stronger... than bones... LOL
I do love you, little girl!
xxxx

Country Mouse Studio said...

Nothing worse to deter than a horse on a mission, they are too smart. Love your line of defense, let us know if you succeed.

NicoleB said...

LOL, hope it works :D
It's for sure one impressive bone collection. It would deter me from trying to get to the feeders ;-)

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