Saturday, February 25, 2012

Horns and Hammocks Don't Mix!

Okay, let me back up for a minute to infill the story.  Looked out the window one day to see two equines in the back pasture.  Normally not a bad thing, since we have two horses here.  Unfortunately, these two weren't ours as our Arabs were in the front pasture at that time.
The interlopers - one mule and one gray horse.



I just love watching mules' gaits!
Well, crapola!  I had to figure out to whom they belonged and how to get them back!  I went for a drive, hoping to locate the property that backs up to the rear of our place (woods, fences and a creek do not make for well-known neighbors).  After going into some remote places from the other side of things, leaving notes, talking to some folks, I returned home without success.  By this time, our Neighbor Across the Street hollered to me and asked whether we had added a mule and a horse to our stock.  Seems the scamps had made it all the way around the pond to the front pasture and had been tearing it up with our two horses.  I explained the situation to him, saying I didn't feel comfortable meandering through the woods to see if I could find their proper home.  He volunteered to go with me (after collecting his handgun, I might add.  This is Texas, after all...)

We went back through the brush and woods, crossed the mostly-dry creek where we found their tracks, and could tell from whence they came.  By the time we crossed into their property, we were greeted by several other mules, horses, foals, hogs and cattle.  Well, heckfire!  How are we going to get the other two back over to rejoin this mess of animals in an overgrazed, junked-up area when they've just crossed over into 'the promised land' of green grass?

While looking things over (and seeing no sign of an actual residence or person), we noticed a longhorn bull up close to a fence.  He was hog-tied between two trees - horn-tied, actually.  Seems these folks decided a hammock in the woods would make a nice place to rest.  Unfortunately, Mr. Longhorn had gotten his horns looped into the ropes, then wound around until the hammock support stick was lashed to his forehead.  Well, dangitalltohell!

I was ever-so-grateful for my Neighbor Across the Street.  We fetched a few cutting tools from the barn, then returned to the longhorn (and all of his equine, bovine, and porcine friends).  After a few very worried snorts, head-tosses, and wild-eyed panicked looks, Mr. Longhorn agreed to let Neighbor approach and cut one of the ropes from one tree.
Sensing freedom, he immediately backed away from the fence and started yanking away at his remaining tether.

Neighbor leaned half-way through the fence (while Mr. Dancing Bull moved around) and was able to cut the remaining rope from the second tree.
Once that rope was cut, Mr. Longhorn took off like a batouttahell, towing that hammock behind him like a sail!  This, of course, riled up ALL the other livestock.  As he ran, all the others joined in with neighs, brays, moos and squeals, all running around like possessed creatures!  Lo and behold, who couldn't resist the excitement?  The two interlopers came back through the woods, crossed the creek, up into their area and rejoined their homies!  Hallelujah!

Neighbor and I did our best to set the fence upright and repair some of the wiring to the posts propped across the creek.  But something tells me, it won't be the last time we have uninvited visitors from across the creek.  But hopefully it'll be the last of horns and hammocks...

132 comments:

eileeninmd said...

Oh wow, what a story. You and your neighbor are brave to get so close to that horned guy. He looks scary. But then he might have appreciated all your help to set him free. I think your other neighbors need to go out and fix their fences. Wonderful series of photos. Theresa, I hope you have a great weekend.

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

WOW!!!! What a story, I was holding my breath through the whole post, because I would never have had the 'courage' to even come close to the bull, or the horses, or the pigs, or the...Well, you know. But that's why you live in Texas, because you can and do! :-) I do have to say, the picture of the hammock and the bull made me laugh--I'm glad you brought your camera along and your neighbor too!!

Honest Abe said...

I felt so sorry for the bull but otherwise laughed my way through your tall tale. I hope it all ended well for the bull.

RoeH said...

What a fun post to read. Well, not for the hammock guy, but somewhere in his brain I'm sure he's got a silver star or something for you guys for granting him his freedom. Hope he's alright.

Buttons said...

Oh Boy Tex what a time. Your neighbour is so brave I would never have went to free a long horned bull and I am a farmer. Maybe the handgun makes one brave. I am so happy he was there to help you.
Being a very good farmer and seeing your green grass you better have your nice neighbour on stand by, they will be back. Let us just hope whom ever owns those poor animals takes better care of them. Please be careful this is a lot of stress for you I am sure and those horns look very scary to a girl that raises polled cows.
Excellent story Tex I was on the edge of my seat. B

Kelsie From Our Country Home said...

Poor Mr Longhorn...Just think if it had not been for your uninvited guests that guy could have been stuck in that hammock for days...Praise the Lord for leading you in to his rescue.

Great photos btw.

Kelsie

MarmePurl said...

Fantastic story teller you are! Poor Bull.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Well that turned out so different from what I had in my mind. I can picture that bull running around with the hammock in hot pursuit. FUNNY! Were these animals well fed,or abandoned? Interesting tale.

Candy C. said...

What a story! Kudos to you and your neighbor for setting poor Mr. Longhorn free!
Everyone looks well fed but the owners seem a bit irresponsible to me. :(

Michael said...

texas is too wild for me :)

sweetdaysundertheoaks said...

Wonderful,wonderful story this morning Tex! Complete with great pictures. I suppose I don't need to tell you what I think about "the neighbors with the mess"! That bottom shot is awesome Tex! You are a good lady! Nice neighbor friend you have too!

Texan said...

My goodness! Well obviously the reason for your visitors was so you would find the bull and help him out! Doesn't sound like the people that have all these animals are keeping much of a eye on things over there.
Good neighbors you can't beat em :O)

Wanda..plain~N~simple said...

What a great story!

It looks like the neighbors need to get out and do a little spring cleaning and necessary fence repairs, before more of their critters end up at your place..although I can't blame them for hightailin it outta there!

I sure hope that bull wasn't tied up like that very long and did he manage to shake the hammock from his horns once you got him free?

Carole M. said...

what a fun post! What a great ending with the intruders coming back to find out what all the hallaballu was all about! Too easy! Was it?! I can't imagine what the neighbours figured when they found the be-hammocked bull and quite how they manage, if ever, to sort that one out. I guess you'll never know....I doubt you're heading back to check?

trav4adventures said...

I feel sorry for the bull. NO wonder those two made it to your place...it's much greener! I have a feeling they might return in the future! Did you ever meet those neighbors?

Revrunner said...

Ah, life on the ranch! Never a dull moment, eh? :-)

dr momi said...

Oh my goodness what a story....and with pics! I hope the next thing that shows up in your yard isn't that bull!

Mom of M&Ms said...

that is one great story... and although I have very little tolerance for those that do not poperly care for their animals... I am so thankful to live where neighbors see what needs to be done and then does it...that would have been a great story on the news though.

rainfield61 said...

What a great story to fill up the weekend.

Ya, Mr. Longhorn is free.

Melodie said...

Everything happens for a reason! If you hadn't had the trespassers the bull may have had a bad end.

Judy said...

Oh that poor bull, if those two hadn't gotten on your property you would have never found him.

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi TexWisGirl, Y'all win a big 4 gold stars from me for this fun and true tale! I was laughing so hard I actually had to put my laptop down for fear that I'd drop it! Ha! Have an excellent day & watch out for hammocks running down the trail!!

Wayne (Woody), whatever said...

Fear not, Mr. Longhorn will son be sporting a condo in Manhattan as he will be the new king of longhorn fashion.

Your story is exciting! It's a shame the longhorn got hung up in the first place, it doesn't sound like the owners are very responsible.

Denise at Autumn Sky said...

Oh my gosh! That is so funny, yet not funny:-/ The poor bull, I hope he ended up okay. I love longhorns but never thought about how hazardous life could be for them with hammocks hanging out in the middle of who knows where!

Tombstone Livestock said...

I hope you send a copy of all these pictures to your local law enforcement and animal control. I agree, once those 2 culprits found your green grass by the looks of that place they will be back and bring their friends. Hope it is not one of those that has animals out on property and then they don't live there to keep an eye on them.

Casey said...

It makes for interesting story, but man, I wish people would treat their animals with more respect.

This account is a reminder to the rest of us to maintain our stuff right! Fences are important. Awesome pics, too, by the way. Have a great weekend!

Fireblossom said...

Oh my goodness. What an adventure!

Nancy said...

I had two feelings running through my mind as I read this story...one it makes me mad that people treat animals this way and not looking after them in a proper manner and the other was laughter.......It sounded like someone with a vivid imagination would tell but you have pictures for the proof....

I like the others admire your courage to stand so close to a bull with those horns...I hope the fence gets mended so you won't have more intrusions....

DJan said...

That was a great adventure. The telling of the tale was also a lot of fun, too. Did you ever find the people who live there? That poor bull could have been caught again by that hammock... I feel a bit guilty at laughing out loud at the poor creature's misfortune. :-)

Jill said...

Oh Tex...this is so wonderfully told! I do feel for the Longhorn but his plight sure made me laugh!

Sandra said...

i actually have tears running dow my face from laughing at your tail, the word that started the whole tear thing is dangitalltohell! i am going to save that word for future use. i so much enjoyed your word pics and photos and i am NOT laughing at the idiots that let this happen. i just don't get why some people want/have animals. that poor bull makes me MAD.
i love mules, as much or more than horses. they are like the pelicans I love so much, so ugly they are wonderful. i will be reading this saga to hubby as soon as he stops watching racing.

~mel said...

Well that was a pretty exciting venture. I thing you're right though about the grass being greener on the other side and they'll come venturing back. Hopefully your fence mending will keep them out. I wonder how long that poor critter was carrying around his hammock? Great post ~ thanks for sharing:)

Dicky Bird said...

First - what a story! That poor longhorn. What an adventure. You probably will see them again. Second - "crapola" I laughed out loud - definately your Wisconsin roots. "Heckfire" and "dangitalltohell" too funny - at least you PG'd it. My Dad use to say both of those when he was mad - not PG'd however. Blessings from Wisconsin.

Comment1 said...

Hahaha! This is great! The Run*A*Round Investigates!

edenhills said...

The interlopers had just been elected to go find help! They knew a kind hearted person lived at that place with the pond and lush green grass. Hope you have some "good fence" neighbors, and it gets fixed.

Margie said...

Holy smokes T! What a story. You couldn't have made up a better adventure filled with drama, beauty, neglect, rescue, friendship... Maybe the Hallmark Channel would like the rights! That kind of excitement you can do without! Yeesch.

Sylvia K said...

Well, that's a heck of story to start my day! "Run-A-Round" Investigators!! Nothing like a horny critter to start your day! Does indeed sound like the Texas where I grew up and reminds me of how glad I am that I live in Washington these days! Hope you have a great, horn-free weekend!

Sylvia

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Great story -- I'm glad your cross the street neighbor was there and I'm really glad your camera was too. I hope all those sorta' neglected livestock will be OK.

Sall's Country Life said...

Oh what a funny story (well, from my perspective anyway) Can't believe you got pictures of the whole thing! Blogger extraordinaire, I'd say! I'm thinking that bull got himself in a predicament and ordered the two interlopers to go for some help! They did their job and returned to the herd just as planned. Great story, hope the rest of your day goes smooth. I bet you won't look at a hammock the same anymore!

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

OH. MY. GOODNESS!! I hate to think may have happened to the longhorn had you and your neighbor not gone in search of the interloper's home. Did make a great story and photojournal!! Hope you have a wonderful weekend, T. blessings ~ t.

parker said...

Now that's one dang funny story! Seems if everyone involved had their own kind of predicament going on! A bad wreck was just waiting to happen.
Your pics of that longhorn all tangled up in that lazy-boys swing are hilarious!

farmer said...

glad he allowed the help!

Lynne said...

ENJOYED your story . . . it felt like reading one of my school time short stories. Poor Longhorn . . . I wonder if he is still running with the SIL attached/behind!
Neighbor and you did your deed for the day!

Jan n Jer said...

Now this is a story full of "BUll" glad it all worked out and that you had your camera with you. I think your right when you said this will not be the last visit from the mule n old gray!

bj said...

My lord, what a story. :)))
Someone needs to MEND FENCES, it seems.:)

Linda said...

Adventure is never far away when dealing with large animals. Bless you and your neighbor for freeing that poor bull. I hope his owners helped free him from the remains of the hammock. It doesn't sound is if they provide a very nice or safe place for their animals, but Mr. Hammock-On-The-Horns looked well fed enough.

bailey-road.com said...

Poor bull. It looks like your neighbor's place is full of hazards for livestock. The horse and mule (I luvs mules!) look so happy running in your pasture. They know that's what life should be like
Love the way you told the story!

Hilda R.B said...

Wow! what a story. You are a great storyteller. And the photos was so nice.
Hope all got well.
Have a great weekend to you.
Hilda

Madge Bloom said...

Oh, poor bull! Hopefully he hadn't been caught up there long! What a good neighbor you are! ;-)

islandwonder said...

Wow! What a tale.

Barbara said...

Now that was an adventure! Maybe they just came over to your place to get help for Mr. Longhorn? You and Neighbor are heroes!!

Val said...

Now this is a story! Made me laugh and mad me sad. I just don't understand people some days. Glad you and your brave neighbor saved the day. Hope the rest of the weekend is less eventful :)

Michaele said...

Oh good lord! Take that neighbor guy a lasagna!!

ksdoolittle said...

What a way to spend an afternoon. I wasn't sure where the story was going to lead! Well done.

Charade said...

What an adventure vacation - for both the interlopers and the rescuers. Loved the storytelling. That's a pretty good-looking mule - a little different than a Missouri mule.

Breathtaking said...

Longhorn cattle, are not called Longhorns for nothing,wow their
horns are enormous,and I think you
are one brave lady to have done what you did.I guess we don't know what we are capable of until we see an animal in distress.Well done Theresa,and thankyou for an otherwise amusing post with great pictures

Liz said...

Well that was a great story and enjoyable post. Nothing like a bit of excitment & stress in your day!
Glad you managed to get to the bottom of it... and to get the photos to prove it. I have to admit, I chuckled a bit at the longhorn all tied up with the hammock :)

Cheryl @ The Farmer's Daughter said...

Hooray for rescuing that bull! Glad there was a fence between him and you and your neighbor. What a story with great photos!

Montanagirl said...

Hilarious! Love the story and your commentary. I can well imagine how crazy it all was! LOVE IT.

Sonya @ Under the Desert Sky said...

Oh, my goodness! What a crazy adventure!

Ellie said...

Sheesh what an exciting day you had. Thank goodness for wonderful neighbours and well done to the two of you for helping the long horn out of his dilemma.
Your post was so funny from the crapola - which made me laugh out loud right to the end. You tell a great story!!!

Robin said...

T, my goodness, what an adventure! A well hammocked bull indeed! They should make that into a new rodeo event!
Up here the range laws state that has to fence to keep other stock off his property if he doesn't want it there. Is that the same there?
Great pictoral presentation of the event!

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

Great write-up. Longhorns, handguns, wild horses and stubborn mules. I must be in Texas! Perhaps these neighbors could use a visit from SPCA.

Jo's World said...

While I doubt that Longhorns have a spot in their brains labeled "appreciation", I can sure feel good about what you and your brave neighbor did for the old boy.

Gonna keep in touch with these folks?

Cheers,

Jo, Stella and Zkhat

barbara l. hale said...

Whoa! You had quite a day! Poor Mr. Longhorn. It is a good thing you and your neighbor found him. Life in Texas is nothing if not interesting!

Lorilee said...

Wow, you had an exciting day. It is so sad that those neighbors don't take better care of their livestock!
One time one of my dad's bulls showed up with the END of his TAIL missing. (the part with the long hair). Some weeks later while doing some fence work, my brother found the end of the tail stuck in a fork in a tree! He started letting it hang out of the back of his cap like a ponytail.
Blessings,
Lorilee

Farm Girl said...

What a great story of country life. :) I do hope the bull got the rest of his hammock off of his horns. I am so glad that you happened to come across him when you did.
I love the part about your neighbor grabbing his handgun. I am always laughing at my sister having to take hers when the snakes get so bad.
Life in the wild west is best. :)
I loved your story.

Carletta said...

What a story indeed.
You got great shots too!
However, the unseen neighbors don't seem like very responsible owners. :(

bon bon said...

oh my gosh! that's a lot of drama for one day!! glad you and neighbor came to the rescue! who knows how long that poor guy could've been hung up there.

Ruta said...

Holy Cow! What an adventure!

Debbie said...

wow....you really should write more, you tell an awesome story!!

and now i know why you worry about me when i tresspass....up here in new jersey we don't even know what guns are!! good thing i don't live in texas!!

amazing photos!!

Annette said...

Whoa! You sure had an eventful time of it!

Rain said...

Great title-funny story-sorry for the animals though....they'll be back..musical notes here!! and when they come I hope they don't bring their owner-cause I'm afraid he sounds like the type to charge you & neighbor for the cut hammock!! just sayin'.....
Now those are some horns!! Nothing like that up north!!
~~Rain

Chip Allen said...

What an adventure! I think I may have finally fixed my comments problem. I can comment on some Blogger pages using Firefox, others using Internet Explorer and none in Chrome. I can't even stay signed in when moving from page to page in Chrome. You'd think Blogger,a Google product, would work with Google's browser,

pattisjarrett said...

What a day of adventure that turned out to be! Glad you mentioned the gait, and I see how different it is. I wouldn't know what to do with four legs, I'd probably end up in a situation similar to the longhorn, only with my legs tied in knots. It sure worked out the best for the bull that the other two wandered away.

Andrew said...

What a wonderful post about your dilemma..
I am so pleased you released the Longhorn... a few of my local farms are breeding them again.

Many thanks your wonderful description... I tried to read it with a Texan drawl..
xx

Ron said...

Horns and hammocks, they don't mix! Great story and photos to go with. Hopefully the longhorn got rid of the rest of that hammock on his horns.

Lisa RedWillow said...

Loved the story also.
The photos sure brighten my snow bound day. Thanks for that.

Eva Ason said...

What a story! I felt so sorry for that bull - being stuck like that. Hope he was fine in the end.

Have a lovely Weekend!

Eva

Bob Bushell said...

I hope that will be the end of this story, of course, it made laff, hee hee.

Giga said...

Jednym słowem miałaś nieproszonych gości. Dobrze, że sąsiad uwolnił byka. Pozdrawiam. *** In a word, you were uninvited guests. Well, that neighbor freed a bull. Yours.

Birdman said...

Kind of a funny tale here.I need a nap, hammock or not.

Julie G. said...

Oh my goodness. That is quite a story! Poor Mr. Longhorn. I'm glad your brave, helpful neighbor could assist in freeing the poor fellow. I am sure you will be telling that entertaining tale for years to come. You certainly are a fabulous story teller!

Nancy Claeys said...

Well, that was quite the adventure. Glad you and your neighbor are all okay -- but a call to your other neighbor might be in order. :)

Barb said...

I'm sitting here in the city laughing my head off at your Animal Farm escapade! That poor Bull looks ridiculous! You two are heroes! Glad you had the camera. (A gun???)

heyBJK said...

Very cool story! Well, from a story standpoint...not so much for you. I thought we had rednecks in Kentucky, but seeing that hammock out there and the subsequent bull entanglement, I see we're not the only state with shades of red. Glad you and Neighbor were able to get the longhorn loose. I found it amusing the two jail breakers actually came back on their own. Great pics, too!

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Oh My Gosh, this had me crying tears, I was giggling so much...gosh oh Pete, where on earth were the landowners anyway? That bull could have starved himself to death with that hammock weighing on him...how fortunate that the Mule and the Gray made their presentation and you were marked as the one to free their friend, while of course they got some good grub while you sorted it all out. Brave neighbor...so will the bull be able to shed itself from the hammock that looks like a sail, or will he have to wear the thing until the cows come home...I mean owners;)

Cheryl said...

The people who own these animals need to be trussed up in a hammock for a day or so. Except for that, I really enjoyed your grand adventure. Thank heaven for good neighbors who'll join you when you decide to be insane.

ellen abbott said...

sounds about right.

Tammy said...

What a story.I think your across the stream neighbors need to pay more attention to their animals. You, however, are a good neighbor :)

Kathy said...

Amazing! That's a story you couldn't have even made up! And a bull caught in a hammock. I keep shaking my head. You got some great pics of this debacle!

Angela said...

OMG! I knew those weren't your horses but had a feeling at first that someone dropped them off on you! Reading on I was shocked by the bull story. That is just terrible. Wonder how long he was like that? I'll bet if you went back he is probably still all messed up in that hammock! Poor critter! I'm glad you got them back where they belong. Too bad you didn't get the meet and yell at the bordering neighbor. Sad....

Jenn Jilks said...

That is amazing. Only in Texas?!

Cheers from Cottage Country!

Randy said...

That was some adventure. Great shots.

Susan said...

Oh my gosh, what a day that was! That poor bull. I hope the rest of the stuff gets off of him. Doesn't sound like those animals are being taken care of very well. Great pics of your story!

Dianne said...

oh thank you for helping him!!

what adventures you have

Southwest Arkie said...

Ok, I know this isn't funny, but I have to laugh. I would not touch a bull's horns even through a fence- so y'all were brave to help the poor guy out. I have a feeling you will have visitors again.

rkbsnana said...

Lord Have Mercy!!! And all on camera. What a job. By the way...your grass does look pretty inviting. And....thanks for the link about Picnik.

SweetMarie said...

Theresa-I'm running way behind today! Hubby and I just read this and loved it! We were laughing and laughing! And gettin upset for the bull. So glad you two could help him. :) Funny how things work out. You are a hero!!!

Paula said...

Great story. Longhorns are beautiful but they can get themselves into some jams not of the jelly kind. Once we found one of John's with her horns caught in a hay ring. She had pulled it backward until she came to a fence and couldn't go any farther.

wayside wanderer said...

Well, Merciful Maude. Who would have ever found that bull if those two interlopers hadn't enjoyed your grass? Hopefully the owner would have...but what a great good deed you two performed. Poor bull. I am glad I don't horns like that. I would have done lost my head.....

Chatty Crone said...

You could put all these stories in a book - they're great. sandie

Tammy said...

OMG, that is quite a story! Gave me a chuckle, thinking of the bull running with the hammock on his head. Too funny!!

Daniel said...

“Misery acquaints a man with strange bedfellows.”

I bet that longhorn felt a little embarrassed by being tied up like that. lol

You should send the pic to the media.

Saun said...

:) wow what an adventure

Janice@GypsyFarmGirl said...

What a story! Without the pictures, we would have just thought you had a vivid imagination! Life in the country is never dull. We grab a gun, "just in case" as well!

Liesl said...

I love that mule,I am sure the two of them just went to catch your attention to go and help that there longhorn bull! I wonder how long the poor animal had been tied up in the hammock?

Ann said...

Help, I was happily lying on that hammock.

Charlotte said...

I hope their owners start paying attention to all those animals. You and your neighbor were a blessing to Mr. Longhorn. Thank goodness his buddies went for help.

Deb said...

you have things happen to you like I do...seems like I'm always rescueing someones animals...today I had to rescue a dog for a lady....I was out for a photo shoot walk...here comes a dog with a leash but no owner...then the owner come down the hill...the dog ran right to me...grabbed the leash and held steady till his grandma come to get him....

Elaine said...

That pair of wanderers look like troublemakers--I think you'll be seeing them again. I think the proper word for that poor bull might be hornswoggled. Bless you and your neighbor for helping him out.

Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry said...

what a fun post!
you're a great tale teller, teresa!
hope the bull is alright.

i really enjoyed your photos/post.

happy weekend!
betty

Stewart M said...

Crazy story! Especially the bit about the hand-gun!

I thought we had issues with the house down the road keeping bees!

Splendid tale - and I get the feeling that you have not got to the end of it yet!

Stewart M - Australia

Bernadine said...

Thank goodness for the bull, you came along. Wonder how long he would have been tangled up. Maybe the mule and the gray horse were 'messengers'.

Frank said...

I can't believe someone would be so cruel to horn tie this beast. I was glad to learn you had a friendly chaperone to help during this escapade.

laurak@forestwalkart said...

wow, what an adventure! and funny too...once you get passed poor old Mr longhorn...and his STUCK-ness.

good pic's!! i love to watch mules!!

Roan said...

Great story! I laughed out loud at the hammock hanging from that bull's horns. Poor guy! I would have loved to see that hammock sailing out behind him.

CameraCruise said...

Great shots and story. Thanks for sharing.
I hold my breath too!
That poor, longhorned bull (he looks scary to mee), I'm glad you saved him from the hammock.

Rohrerbot said...

Sounds like a little fun. But where in the world is the homeowner/ranch owner? But I do think you're right...now that they've crossed over....:)

Sandy said...

First, what a good looking mule. I have mules so I am a fan of their gait also. Secondly, what the hell were those people thinking?! Livestock will get tangled up in anything! I once saw a girl (nobody I knew) that had tied her horse up to a large bundle of knotted barbed wire. Well, one little spook and the horse was completely tangled up and cut up. We rode up just in time to help, but she had to walk her "ride" back to the trailer. Some people shouldn't own animals!

Tina@WhatWeKeep said...

Good grief, T! I'd be laughing my butt off at the visuals on this if I didn't feel so sorry for the longhorn- and for all of the animals not being tended to! I imagine animals with voices and I agree with another reader- those two goobers were sent for help into The Promised Land. They know where the good lady lives!

Joe said...

Never a dull moment at your house ;). lol.

Nicole Burgoz said...

Sweet goodness, what a mess :/
Funny, but messy,...
Glad you have at least one good neighbour!

Furry Bottoms said...

WOW! I wonder where the owner was. I wonder how long the Longhorn was tangled up. SO good of you and Neighbor to help out a bull in need! Those interlopers seem the mischevious kind!

I am illiterate in the horse termology. I am in love with horses, their grace and theyr intelligence... but what the heck does "tearing up" mean? Were they fighting with your horses or were they just playing around?

I loved the story!

Rose said...

Tears in my eyes here...oh, thank you for this...I wish I had read it the day your wrote it...I sure could have used it then.

I can so see it all....cracks me up just thinking about it. And you used the phrase batoutahell...I have had a habit of saying that...not all that often...but when our youngest daughter was little..3/4....maybe 5 but I don't think quite that old...she wanted to emphasize something and she said it was like a bat out of ham....hehehe...that is what she thought was being said. Now the two are intertwined and I say batoutaham as often as I say the other.

Rita said...

That poor longhorn was lucky you and your neighbor came along! Totally cracked me up that the escapees returned to find out what all the excitement was all about!!! LOLOL! I am so friggin' glad that you had your camera with. You made my day! :)

Mikey said...

That's definitely different! Longhorn was very lucky you happened to go back there. Wish people would clean up their mess!!
Great story!!

LB @ Bullets And Biscuits said...

one...that's a beautiful set of horns, two...since there's barbed wire in the pic, does that justify a "put a fence in front of it" thingy you do? Just helping you cheat, taht's all ;)

MICKAN¸.•°`♥✿⊱╮ said...

Hahaha ... what a lovely story. And it en up well also. Thank you.

Rose said...

This is still hilarious! I come back every now and then and read this!

thirtysevenandcounting said...

Good thing for Mr. Longhorn that Mule and Gray Horse happened along to your pasture, and very glad you had Neighbor Across the Street to help you. Great photos and story!

~Lindy

(Rose's post brought me to this one today.) :-)

Gail said...

A wonderfully exciting story. Just another day at the ranch?

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