Monday, August 15, 2011

I'm at war with my gelding - Part II

{sigh}

We pretty much knew my little ploy of adding natural roughage and intimidation wouldn't hold Zim back from tromping back across the pond and up to the bird feeders, didn't we?   (Thanks a lot, Mr. Giddyup Cowboy who owned Zim before I got him and taught him to trail ride by jumping creeks and wading through water.  So what if he jumps our cattle guard like it's not even there, and wades the pond, leaving Gem freaking out on the other side?)

Anyway, I had to resort to plastic barricade fencing to fence off the horses' side of that section of the pond.  Stylish and attractive, isn't it?!


Zim, sometimes you are such a horse's...
Sometimes with horses you can get away with the illusion of difficulty, and other times you actually have to make things difficult...

Anyway, the dogs are enjoying my line of psychological warfare bones.  I think they liken it to shopping at a flea market or strip mall...


93 comments:

Mike said...

UT would be proud. ;)

Always fun to have an escape artist. I had an aus shepherd once, took me the longest to keep him penned. He'd get out of the back and sit on the front porch or visit the neighbor. What a pill.

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

Naughty horsey! Hope this works for you. :)

Jenny Schouten Short said...

Do you actually think the bones will keep the horse away?

Allison said...

THANK YOU! you just made me laugh out loud. An ass indeed! Stylish presentation of an age-old insult... your eloquence is undeniable. xo

Samantha said...

FUNNY! Poor Zim, the butt of your jokes *cough*

I was wondering how long before the dogs started shopping!

eileeninmd said...

AWWW, poor Zim is only doing what he was taught. Funny post. have a great day!

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

You are having to drag out even heavier artillery than the bones! Oh, my! ;) I hope this works! blessings ~ tanna

Jill said...

VERY funny post! I hope the fencing works for you.

Sharon said...

I hope it works for you! I can't imagine what the feed bill would run Ya, if it included a daily feeding or two of birdseed!

Birdman said...

Stubbornness is a traite we all harbor at times... not just horses.

Lynne said...

Awe, "the best laid plans . . ."
At least the color orange gives off a
colorful vibrance of fall . . .

One does have to smile at persistence!

Clint said...

Yes---very attractive "fencing". Ha. Well, desperate times call for desperate measures....

Debbie said...

well....i sure do hope it works!!

poor zim.....he really has no idea, perhaps you could read this to him?!?!

oooohhhhh and i "got" the horses a$$....i usually miss those things, that gave me a good chuckle!!

Buttons said...

This is funny. I think you may win this one eventually. B

Katie @Pinke Post said...

WOW! I think you are definitely going to win with Zim on this one but oh the great lengths we have to go to for our animals and their stubbornness.

Sandra said...

how cool is that? a Bone Mall for dogs. and lots of pretty orange fencing. love you story, even though i know it is not FUN for you. the horses .... is so sweet.
my friend has a horse that the lady hand raised him on a bottle and when he was little let him sit on her lap and treated him like a dog, let him put his hooves on her shoulders. you can guess what happened. My friends husband took a year to turn the horse into a horse so he would not kill someone by sitting on them. we are not allowed to pet him, because if we do he reverts to dog like attitude. he still will push you down with his shoulder. i was walking with kathy and he was behind us, he came up bumped me with his shoulder and grabbed my shirt bottom, she elbowed him and he moved away.

Montanagirl said...

You are just toooo funny. Hope your ploy works this time!

missing moments said...

LOL ... dogs are probably in coohoots with Zim ... in hopes that more bones are dug up for their sniffing pleasure!

Arija said...

When i saw the thumbnail, with my special kind of 20/20 vision, I thought you had a fire in your yard and admired your sang-froid in photographing it rather than putting it out!

Ah well . . . horses for courses they say . . .

Snappy Di said...

You do what you have to do even if it's not pretty. Nice horses *ss by the way... LOL

Kjell T. Evensen said...

That fence will blend everywhere, like a sore thumb. :)

Judy said...

You crack me up...I love the last picture of your dog...I'm so bad at names.

Lois Evensen said...

Just love the hiding horse - or at least part of him. :) Such a pretty fence! What an arty color! It matches the orange barrels we've had in our street this summer while they are replacing the street and curbs.

Gary said...

Great post!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Louise said...

I sure hope that little orange fence works. Once an escape artist learns he can escape, there is usually no stopping him. Maybe he'll be afraid of the color.

Still wishing for rain for you, by the way. We had a gullywasher yesterday that finally brought total rainfall up to where it should be. New York State apples ought to be wonderful this year. They say that the dry weather made them sweeter than normal, as the sugars were more concentrated, and now, the rain, just before harvest, should plump them up.

Ellie said...

That's two days in a row you have made me laugh out loud. Love it!!! So funny, horses xxx indeed. Lol
Hope your new plan works this time. That is some dry ground you have there

Randy said...

I think he is just trying to keep you on your toes.

Leenie said...

Maybe you need to set up a perimeter of rabid squirrels with the promise of extra sunflower seeds. On second thought, they'd just take over the feeders and not be intimidated by either the bones or the orange fence or Zim.

Hope for lots of soaking rain for your part of the world.

Ms. Becky said...

it doesn't look so bad. whatever works, eh? wow, I wish it would rain.

Mama Zen said...

Great shots! Good luck with the barricade!

Mom of M&Ms said...

well done... if it works go with it!

Marissa ♥ said...

I hope the fencing works to keep him out!
:)

Jan n Jer said...

Lol...I love your sense of humor! Hope the orange fence works...it's a great reflection shot!

Jill from Killeny Glen said...

That Zim! Not funny for you....but it is for me to read! Hope the fencing does the trick!

Furry Bottoms said...

That was funny! The horse's Ass part! :)

The barricade doesn't look so bad... I hope it works!

Tricia said...

Brian said it rained where he was in Terrell a little bit Saturday morning... did ya'll get any where you are?

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Texwisgirl, Oh did today's post make me laugh! I just love the comments about your dogs and those bones. Sorry about how your horse behaves. Sometimes the owner's tricks work and other times, well...
Have a super good day today!

holdingmoments said...

I love that last shot.

I can imagine the thoughts.....'what IS she doing now?'

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Haha, you crack me up. Bone shopping! I can see how exciting that must be for your dogs.

Kim said...

Just too funny! You made my Monday morning brighter.

wayside wanderer said...

That is great! I sure hope it works.

mountain mama said...

hee hee :D

Liesl said...

He he Teresa! At least he keeps you occupied!

Flora said...

The 'fence' from a distance gives the area a 'fall' look.

Pricilla said...

Try keeping goats in...or out of something for that matter.

You don't want to know what we have spent on fencing.

Candy C. said...

The horse's a** comment had me laughing out loud!! :)

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Oh Zim! We have a horse that is an escape artist too. I like the pic with the arrow, ha!

Paula said...

Sure its stylish, what ever works. Had to laugh at your humor about the dogs shopping.

Sylvia K said...

Just the laugh I needed to start the day! Love your bone shopping and "bony" shots -- hope it works! ! Oh, and your rain gauge is terrific! Gotta send that one to my son in Dallas!!

Sylvia

Hilda R.B said...

I hope it is working. But your horse is so smart... maybe he will win the war??? Its so funny to visit your blogg. Have a nice war with your horse.
From Hilda

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

I understand this is not a good situation for the pond to be in, yet I find it fascinating the land exposed that once was covered with water. I was trying to determine the nowmal water level mark on the dead tree and it looks to be about 12 inches up, or is it higher? Is that the same snag you photograph sticking out of the water with birds perched upon? The orange barrier fence is a good idea.

Robin said...

T, I think the "Great Orange Divide" should keep things in order!
I'm not so sure about those bones! Yuck!

Bob Bushell said...

The horse has won, he knows it too. Brilliant photos.

lisa said...

Love the shot of your horse!!
Hope things are getting under control now! :-)

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

The dogs have found their own little scented piece of heaven.

Melodie said...

Why do I have the feeling there might be a part III to this story,lol!

pattisjarrett said...

Yes, very colorful. The contrast works nicely. Had to LOL at the shopping at the flea market comment!

EG Wow said...

Ha! the orange may not be attractive but it appears to be effective. :)

bon bon said...

frankly, i don't know how he can get anywhere without a head.
:oD

Andrew said...

Brilliant T... looks like roadworks in the UK.
at least the dogs had something new to amuse the.
Zim has a lovely ar*e for a horse of course... lol

Karen said...

LOL.... that bone yard is something else.

Wait till he figures out it's not electrified and can probably be pushed through. I hope he doesn't though.. it does look formidable

:-)

bailey-road.com said...

Whatever works! Have you finally won the battle of wills?

Chatty Crone said...

You have a smarty pants horse there!

Kerry said...

Zim, you smart boy! Some rain would solve this, and I'm sure hoping it happens soon. Meanwhile looks like the dogs are quite entertained by your display!

Karen Thomason/Gordon Setter Crossing said...

Pretty hard to miss the blaze orange! Hope it works! Darn cowboys.

Unknown Mami said...

Well, it's a lovely horse's behind.

Barb said...

Well, I hope it works! this made me laugh!

Adam Tilt said...

Sounds like you have a proper battle of wits on your hand there.

Leontien said...

My gosh those bones are big! Did you have another horse in there at some time??

And yes you have to be carefull if your stud is a little escape artist...

Leontien

Susan said...

Good thinking... dogs are happy, you're happy, Zim ... well, guess his mind is working overtime now ;-)
Love the red arrow commentary!

edenhills said...

I have a couple of sections of that fence to keep the goats in, but I call it snow fence up here! LOL

Teresa

Chip "Rocket Man" Allen said...

Psychological warfare bones? Good Lord, woman, you're supposed to hide the bodies not put them on display!

Julie G. said...

Poor Zim! Happy dogs! Hope your lovely fence does the job. The comments you received are just able as fabulous as your post. Love it!

Tammy said...

Oh my gosh...the dogs and the bones...too funny :D

That Janie Girl said...

Okay....horses 1; you, 0! Except you get 100 points for making me laugh!!!

Coy said...

Your bone fence can't last long with the pooches around. I must say your fence may not be effective but you certainly are not to be outdone in creative!

Rose said...

Ha ha...I would love know what Zim thinks when he sees you messing around...be he thinks 'hahaha...she will never hold me back!'

Farmchick said...

I do hope this works!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Bad Horsie.... That's called a Horse's "Patudie".... ha ha
Hugs,
Betsy

SouthCoast Guy said...

I hope it works or you may need to get a building permit for the next step!

Martha Z said...

You battle the gelding and I battle a smaller creature. It is voles that are attacking my garden.

Michaele said...

I wish they would make that fence in some other color than orange! Hope this works and it rains so you can take it back down : )

Janie2 said...

Orange plastic fence, you are in style now. It must be so entertaining for the dogs to see you running around organizing a bone yard. Ha, you crack me up.

Nova said...

Really stylish and I hope it will help

Greetings

SquirrelQueen said...

Oh, very stylish. It will blend in beautifully come fall.:) Hope it works.

Posie Patchwork said...

Oh boy, smart horses are the devil & so hard to train, or retrain. Love Posie

heyBJK said...

Sometimes horses are like giant dogs and just do things they're not supposed to - at least in our minds. I do like the orange construction fence...adds a splash of color! :-)

Stewart M said...

Hi there - nice orange fence! I'm sure it will catch on if you can market it in a greater range of colours (or, just for colors!)

Had a look at the Painting Buntings a few posts down - first saw them in a book a friend from Ohio sent me - thought they had to be fake! But, oh no!

Tried to send cool breezes, but USPS said that they cant deliver!

Cheers Stewart M

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

Zim and our Annie would be a pair.
She would just kick the fence out for him to walk through :)
And then she whinney's her hiney off because she wants back in her pasture. Go figure....
I like Zim. He has chutzpah!
xo, misha

Deb said...

we do have to get creative with our adventurous ones don't we....

LB @ Bullets And Biscuits said...

what is it with all these "butt" posts? :)

Michelle Renee said...

These posts have been so entertaining. Sorry it had to be at your expense, but I have sure enjoyed the smiles. I hope the new fence works. (((Still laughing at the arrow pointing to horses behind...oh my goodness...too funny)))

barbara l. hale said...

I so want you all to get some rain. Meanwhile, we get to be entertained by Zim's excursions.

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