May 31st, 2009

Walkabout

The Paddock Fence

Once upon a time, we bought a 10 acre place. It already had a barn, a cabin, and fencing for sheep in both a paddock and a 5 acre field. The field is hay now and the paddock is partly used for the chickens. And irises and trees and E's house. It's on the back side of the house and is the direction most of the windows face, so this vista is the most important to us.

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Next up will be the "after" photos, but I have to do an edit on the other computer to add those...

My neighbor's quarterhorses got loose last fall (I was at Capclave with tcastleb and mindseas) and ended up in our paddock. The older one became upset (as horses do) when the little one was led away first. She panicked (as horses do) and attempted to jump the old fence in the corner where it stopped being board and started being wire. She ended up taking out the fence, swung around and headed for the chicken run. Her owner was right in the way, our neighbor Laurie. The fence was tangled in Gypsy's legs (the horse) and she ran by Laurie and the fence knocked Laurie flat, breaking her (Laurie's) leg at the edge of the knee cap. She's now walking with a limp and a plate and not going to be riding any time soon, as it was her left leg. So they paid G Dude to fix the fence and we paid the difference to have boards put up from the corner to the gate we still have. It looked so nice (but we were out of money) that we wanted to go all the way. This spring, I finally had enough money to finish the job.
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