Saturday, September 29, 2012

Sometimes Crime Does Pay

We've had a few interlopers in the neighborhood again. One day I looked out towards the back pasture and spotted a few new equines in the neighboring field. It didn't take them long, and they made it all the way up to our neighbor's front pasture.

We knew who these beautiful mules belonged to and the neighbor and I paid a visit to the old man that lives beyond the creek and woods behind her property. He agreed to come retrieve his escapees.
Although well-fed and cared for, the mules have no grazing area on his small acreage, and he feeds a lot of round hay bales to keep them healthy.

By the time the old man came over to retrieve his mules, our neighbor agreed to let them stay in a cross-section of her back pasture so they'd be able to graze for a while.




 






The moral of this story? It pays to be half-assed and trespass, sometimes.
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122 comments:

Nancy Claeys said...

Lol -- like the old saying... better to beg for forgiveness than ask for permission? :) Beautiful animals.

R.Ramakrishnan said...

The fence breakers make a pretty picture.

Łucja-Maria said...

Tex!
Excellent photos!
Beautiful horses.
Lucja

Pix at Under the Oaks said...

OhMyGosh they are beautiful!

Tammy said...

They are all such beautiful animals! And I was thinking the same thing as Nancy!!! Hope you have a great weekend!

IsobelleGoLightly said...

What a nice group of mules! They all look happy and healthy too.

Terri Buster said...

Pretty animals and apparently pretty wiley too!

Ms. A said...

Wish I had room for some beautiful visitors like that!

MarmePurl said...

Our Tex. Always up for a good laugh

Primitive Stars said...

Hi Tex, what a wonderful post, loved all the pictures of the mules,they are beautiful. So happy they are well looked after, bless your heart for letting them pasture at your place. Enjoy the weekend,Blessings Francine.

troutbirder said...

Half assed indeed! I have no experience retrieving equines but bovines is another matter. Our friend and neighbor occasionally calls on me to join his posses in tracking down escapees. Then, of course, there is always fence repair... :)

Eyeliquor said...

Wonderful captures!

val's alentejo blogspot.com said...

Good morning Teresa
I have never seen such beautiful looking mules.
Years ago, we used to see some mules and donkies around ..but now there are none. No one seems to want to keep them anymore.
Fantastic photos..
Nice of your neighbour to let them stay a while.
val x

Cloudy said...

Schöne Tiere und wie es ausschaut fühlen sie sich richtig wohl...

Lieben Gruß
CL

Sandy said...

I prefer mules over horses for riding any day and those are some darn nice looking mules!

Magia da Inês said...

.•°♫♪♪

Que sensação de liberdade!!!
Bom fim de semana!
Beijinhos.
Brasil
彡♪♫°¸.•♫°`

Dianne said...

they look so happy !!
life is an endless adventure at your place :)

georgettesullins said...

Beautiful round up of photos. Such interesting neighbors.

Kate said...

Old adages are usually quite accurate! Incidentally, your neighbors sound like an interesting community!

eileeninmd said...

Who could say NO to these cute critters. Glad they could stay for awhile. Wonderful photos!

Birdman said...

They look pretty interested in your camera.

Deb said...

great photos Tex...sometimes tresspassers can be nice...

CameraCruise said...

Wonderful shots of the beautiful visitors.

DJan said...

They are definitely well taken care of, you can tell. And such nice shots you got of them, Tex. Thanks for sharing. :-)

ShySongbird said...

Aww, such sweet party gatecrashers...and they look so innocent! Butter wouldn't melt in their mouths but it looks like everything else is ;-) So kind of your neighbour to allow them to party on awhile. They do look very healthy and well cared for....hope they didn't have a hangover the next day :-)

laura.forestdreams:) said...

oooooh, they are SO cute! i love the big ears...and the expression on their faces..."WHO ME??"

GREAT pictures!!

Fjällripan said...

Oh how beautiful they are! Love the photo nr 6!! And so nice of the neighbour to let them keep on grazing :)

Dicky Bird said...

I LOVE your "it pays to be.." comment! Too funny! That was nice of your neighbor. We just read in the farm paper today, that hay prices in IL - $9 a bale. We had a bad hay year too. Really dry Summer. Blessings from Wisconsin.

Donna said...

They are beautiful mules! Love them!

Denise at Autumn Sky said...

They are such a pretty color and shiny. They struck gold when they crossed the fence.

Patrice said...

They are a great new subject for your photos. Aren't equines natural born escapees?If they could pick locks, I'm sure they'd do that too.

ashok said...

my favorite animal...someday with your permission i will paint from one of your photos...

Linda said...

I've never really been around mules too much, but I've seen them on the horse trails in the Smoky Mountains. They seem to be very good animals for trail riding. I wonder what your neighbor uses them for. He surely wouldn't keep so many just to look at. It was nice of your other neighbor to give them a chance to "eat out" for awhile.

Janey and Co. said...

Looks like it worked for them.(great pictures). I like your kind neighbor. Some folks with property can be very territorial!

S. J. Qualls said...

Sometimes the grass is greener...

Beautiful animals and what a lovely neighbor! Gets a 5 star rating from me!

Jeevan said...

They are all beautiful guys! Wonderful composition on the visitors...

Rita said...

They do look healthy. And like they know they are where they shouldn't be, but are too thrilled to let it matter much. ;)

Margie said...

Haha, I love seeing them. Nice treat to be able to graze.

Buttons said...

Oh I am laughing at and loving your moral. Very clever.
They are beautiful I must say I have never seen white mules. They are truly beautiful.
It must be the season for break outs:)
Nice neighbours. B

Snap said...

Giggling!!!! Beautiful mules who, I am sure, were in heaven grazing in the field.

Rose said...

Haha...they are beautiful. We never had a mule, but my brother had one that he left at our place for a while...can't remember why. Its name was Dammit. haha But no joke.

NewMexiKen said...

They look very healthy! My only mule rides were trips down into the Grand Canyon (Hualapai Canyon). They are like sitting in rocking chairs!

Kathy said...

I believe these are some of the most beautiful mules I've ever seen! They are well cared for. Are they just pets or are they used for something in particular? The ones with the light-colored manes look very similar to the ones you see in Henderson at the Syrup Festival in November where demonstrations are done showing how mules were used to power the syrup mills. My grandpa had a nice team of mules too. They pulled his plows.

Saun said...

They are gorgeous! Have a great weekend.

Lynne said...

Great photos . . . Well fed, they seem! And the best part. . .
a smile and some laughter . . .

orchid said...

Dearest Theresa,
Oh, they are mules and not horses(^^;) Beautiful pictures of 'interlopers' or 'escapees'♡♡♡ I loved to read the moral story behind the pictures. Haha, I needed to check the word "half-assed". GORGEOUS pictures as usual♬♬♬
Lots of love and hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

Beth Edwards said...

such pretty animals. great views. (:

Steve Gravano said...

Great photos, we don't get any trespassers that look like that.... too bad!

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

I like mules. I also just noticed and like the September give-away that flew in while I was away. They just keep getting better and better Theresa. Very nice.

Sandra said...

these guys are beautiful, i have never seen pretty mules, most of them are ugly and that is why i love them, but these are gorgeous. glad the neighbor let them stay, i would have, they need to graze even though they are not hungry. wish i could SEE them

Texan said...

ROFL well I guess it does. They are pretty.

Molly The Wally said...

We liked that and how nice to let them stay for s while. Have a lovely Saturday.
Best wishes Molly

Jacquelineand.... said...

Beautiful critters, and wasn't it nice of your neighbour to let them stay!

Is it bad that when I saw the fourth from the bottom I thought to myself: "aw, I've always loved a happy end(ing)"?

bailey-road.com said...

Laughing at your comment!
They are beautiful animals!

Becca said...

Lol! They are sweet...love the white ones.

Linda said...

You made me laugh...those are some pretty critters! I love the swishy tails!

Tammy said...

They did give you a good photo-op :)

Chatty Crone said...

Oh my goodness - those are some really beautiful horses. You are so lucky to see that - whether they are yours or not.

don said...

A fine series of these visitors! I thought it was very neighborly for the owner to give permission for the animals to graze on his property.

Jo's World said...

These are really beautiful mules, Tex, and I have to wonder if the old fellow uses them in any way. They are sure healthy looking!

Jo

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

LOL, Love the moral of the story and the last photo!

Kjell T. Evensen said...

Beautiful animals. It seems that the grass must be greener on your side than the other side. :-)

Lois Evensen said...

What beautiful animals! Even though they were trespassing, it was so nice of them to come over so you could take some pictures. They are wonderful!

Sylvia K said...

Yep, love the moral of the story, too! Great shots, always love the horses/mules!

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

LOL at the saying. The mules are really pretty so I can see why your neighbor acquiesced and allowed them to graze.

Lindsjö taxar said...

Lovley pictues of the mules. Hope they will have enough food or they have to escape again :-)

wayside wanderer said...

Great moral and one I subscribe to whole heartedly. haha. I really like the unusual one with the blond mane.

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Cool pics! Once again, something you just don't see in Philly:@)

ellen abbott said...

fresh green after all that dry hay was just too tempting to pass up.

Along These Lines ..... said...

I'll try this logic on my neighbor when I sneak onto his property to swipe an apple or two!

Val said...

Beautiful looking mules and very nice photos too!!

Debbie said...

haha....you described me!!

and i love what nancy said, i will have to remember that. it will work for those "sticky" situations i get myself in to!!

Robin said...

T, great shots! They are all well cared for! Nice of them to come over and say Howdy!

Linda said...

Beautiful horses. Sad they have no place to graze at home.

Florida Farm Girl said...

Those are indeed some fat and sassy looking mules. Glad the neighbor is letting them graze on her property. It'll help the old man out and will likely do her pastures some good.

Farm Girl said...

I really like those mules. Oh well if your nice neighbor was like my Dad, a man let his goats keep breaking into my Dad's pastures. So Dad said go ahead and let them eat. Then at the end of a year, my Dad presented a bill for the feed. The man couldn't pay and my Dad ended up with the goats. I was appalled but then you had to know my Dad.
So maybe your neighbor might end up with a mule. :)

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Awww they're so sweet -- they look healthy, but how nice of your other neighbor to agree to let them stay a while -- like a day of vacation in Paradise for them!

Patty Woodland said...

Very pretty - the white with the chestnut.

Nature in the Burbs said...

Beautiful animals.

Bob Bushell said...

Oh, aren't they beeeaaautiful.

Tina@WhatWeKeep said...

Oh yes...I always find that half-assed is the way to go!
Great shots, T.

Ellie said...

Oh what beautiful animals they are too.

Cat said...

Heeeheee...they look so happy! Happy, happy!

Beth said...

They are so beautiful. Great shots!

Emily Sovich said...

Oh, you make me laugh! But what beautiful intruders!

barbara l. hale said...

Half-assed! LOL! Those mules are indeed beautiful.

Paula said...

Looks like a party of the Equine type to me.

Wayne (Woody), whatever said...

They are handsome! It was nice of your neighbor's to let them 'hang out' for a while. They seem to be enjoying themselves.

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Theresa,

What a humor you got! But those mules look gorgeous and how they must have feasted on the fresh grass instead of eating its dried version.
Hugs to you,
Mariette

EG CameraGirl said...

so they got their wish and get to stay for a while. HaHa! :)

Jan n Jer said...

I love the one with the blond mane..they all look well cared for! It was so nice of your neighbor to let them stay n graze awhile!

Tricia Hays said...

Ahhh, beautiful, every one of them... the mane on the one in the 6th shot is funny, but very pretty! =)

Butterbean Row said...

Theresa,

You have captured the beauty of these magnificent creatures. How fortunate you are that you live near such wonderful opportunities.

All the best,

charlotte

Carletta said...

Love your sense of humor!! :)
Great shots too!

You have a sweet neighbor. I hope the old guy is grateful for the kindness he's been shown.

DeniseinVA said...

Those are great shots of the mules, they're beautiful. I have never seen one in real life before. Good to hear of the kindness in your neighborhood, sweet people!

Red said...

Some very beautiful animals.

RoeH said...

Love it!

Bernadine said...

HaHa... I love the moral of the story! And those are beautiful mules. ( I never thought I'd say that.) What a nice neighbor to let them graze in his/her pasture. Very nice and clever post!

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

You are too funny!! THANKS for the grin at the end of the day!! :-D!

SandyCarlson said...

That's a great story. I am glad it worked out like this.

Maple Lane said...

Magnificent photos. Glad everything worked out for the best.

Genie said...

I will remember that the next time I see a barn I want to shoot but am afraid to trespass for fear of getting shot. These horses are gorgeous animals. Big ones and little ones....magnificent animals. genie

Furry Bottoms said...

How many horses did he have alltogether? Those are beautiful! My favorite picture was the one with the two browns, lighter colored mane and tails. The tail was whipped up and the mane was skewered on the other. LOVE IT!!

Cheryl said...

What gorgeous animals. Love those mules.

Judy @ daily yarns said...

They look pretty happy and at home there.

Chubskulit Rose said...

They are beautiful!

Our PETS
Have a great weekend.

Annette said...

They look very happy out there. Beautiful too.

Rohrerbot said...

I'm not sure I'd be laughing. But they did provide nice pictures:)

ladyfi said...

What a beautiful series of shots!

Pia said...

Oh what fun and joy for the escapees! And I think also for you :-)
Wonderful wonderful photo the one with the mules having twisted manes!

Comment1 said...

What a great moral! One to live by, I think.

Hanne Bente said...

Beautiful horse pictures you show.
Wish you a good Sunday :)

Brian King said...

You sure have a lot of jail breaks around there! :-) Those are good looking mules!

Marco Alpha said...

Hello,
Very great shots of these beautiful horses.
Wonderful!!

Many greetings and have a nice sunday,
Marco

Carole M. said...

weren't they having a grand time; great pics!

Mike said...

Them sorrels are gorgeous. They haven't missed out on any feed.

Roan said...

That was so nice of you to allow them to graze for a while. They are gorgeous animals and you got some really great shots. There is just something about a mule...

Betty Manousos said...

those fellows are beautiful!!

gorgeous creatures!

bon bon said...

well, who could say no to such a pretty bunch? :)

Candy C. said...

ROTFLMAO!! I didn't see that punch line coming!! :)

Joe said...

Always thought about getting a mule...then I think what the hell would I do with one???

edenhills said...

What a great moral to the story! They are beautiful, and I'm sure they're much happier!

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