Where the Grass is Greener

This time o' year in the good ol' USA is when all the fences seem to get challenged, and the owners along with 'em. Any horse worth his salt is gonna try to get to the other side, and catchin' loose horses can be as much fun as a ro-day-o. Yeee haww!!! If the fences lived through the spring sheddin' and tick season without fallin' down from all the rubbin', then they may be sturdy enough for the summer. Come summer, with heads and necks reachin' through for greens on the other side, and more rubbin' from flies and mosquitos chewin' on us, we really put the fences to the test. There's nothin' better for us than a sturdy coupla trees to rub on and cool off under. If you don't have a tree, at least plant a rubbin' post.

Wire strand fences might not keep horses corralled, unless they are electrified. I know; I used to get through 'em all the time in Texas. Our smooth-wire strand fences had those twirly spiral pieces that twist down to evenly space and stabilize the strands, if y'all know what I mean. They're supposed to be like a post in between posts, but they don't always work too well with smart horses. They can slide along the strands, makin' movable 'posts' which makes the wire easier to get through. All we gotta do is look for the posts that are farthest part, 'cause that's where the wire will part the farthest. With a little patience, one leg at a time, a smart horse can step through it and be grazin' wherever he wants in minutes. And with no broken wire, nobody may ever know how he got out, or where.

Electric fence also gets shorted out by high weeds in summer, and everybody knows that when there's no charge in the fence, the horses know it. I ain't sayin' HOW we know it, we just do. My buddies make me check ours all the time. If it's off, they make me show' em how to get through. One of our neighbors has the greenest lawn, and 3 great ponds that we never get to go in otherwise…

But gettin' to the other side can have its downside. No matter how much pasture we have, it seems the grass always looks greener on the other side even when it's not. It's a well known fact that it does - could it be the angle? People do the same thing. Go for what appears better, even when it means crossin' boundaries that shouldn't be crossed. We give in to the temptation and then we're in trouble. As many times as I got out in Texas, it didn't occur to me 'til afterwards that I shoulda got a drink BEFORE I crossed through, or that I would be last to get fed because they had to walk me around to the gate the long way. Or that the field next to us got sprayed… YUK… and then I had to go hungry or travel to another field. It ain't always as good as it looks. So beware, it's a natural attraction, but the grass isn't always greener on the other side.

Happy green trails to y'all.