Friday, April 15, 2016


Tying a Horse to a Fence

No matter how many times your boss tells you the story, sometimes you just have to learn for yourself. Kevan told us many times what happens when you tie a horse to a fence. We have very steady horses here but sometimes even the best horses will lose their $h!t. If that happens when your horse is tied to a fence, Kevan says, the horse will put that log right out of the fence like it was only a toothpick. When they find out that this menacing piece of wood is still following them, the horse will panic more, backing up, spinning in circles and exacerbating the situation more by unintentionally swinging that log towards all the other horses that are probably tied up next to it. You can only imagine how that would go down.

As if that wasn’t enough explanation as to why you don’t tie your horse to the fence, I did it anyway. Sweet little Bubbles is so calm today, I was thinking. All I wanted to do was brush her after our groundwork, before turning her back out. Lucky for me, there were only three horses in the corral with her that day, and not being tied up, they were free to flee when the time came. And lucky for me, the centre portion of the horizontal log I tied her too was rotting and going soft. However, not so lucky for me was that I had a dear friend nearby who was, shall we say, a little green still around horses. While my friend shall remain unnamed, his deeds are now exposed. Catching sight of me, Silly Sam thought it would be fun to climb up onto the fence right under Bubbles nose. Three logs up, his foot slips and the sudden movement of him catching himself was all it took. At first, Bubbles pulling against the fence in panic didn’t seem to result in much. Maybe if I had acted sooner and released the slipknot, the situation would have been controlled. Alas, I just stood and watched as she continued to fight the rope until that toothpick came right out from the others. The saving grace was that the log broke in the middle when it hit the ground, so Bubbles was only dragging a half-sized scary monster through the corral. At this point I knew that there is nothing a meager human could do to fix the situation until the horse calmed down. So Silly Sam and I watched as Bubbles reeled around in the corral with her demon, narrowly missing the three other horses who skittered away from their food as she intruded. Gladly, it didn’t take her too long to see the reality of the situation. By the time she backed her way up to the other end of the corral, she knew there was no losing the monster, and resigned herself to the terrifying proximity. Now I jumped to action, releasing her and calming her down. Maybe she learned a lesson that day that dragging a log out of a fence will not get her out of trouble. Maybe not. But one thing is for sure, and that is that I learned my lesson.


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