I often talk about small-town life here in Cornville.  Well, I just had a bit of excitement.  Walter started barking at the window he mans (dogs?) when Fed Ex or UPS is bringing a package.  I couldn’t for the life of me figure out what might be coming so I took a look.  Sure enough, someone was in our driveway…a riderless, saddleless horse!  It looked like the one in the image above.

My living room windows look out onto horse pasture so seeing a horse is a common thing, but seeing one on this side of the fence was pretty unusual.  This was only the second time in 30 years that I’d ever seen a horse escape and it was the first time that I remember having a horse in my driveway!

I ran to the phone and called the neighbor who I figured must be one horse shy.  No response.  That was either a really good thing because they were actively after the horse, or a really bad thing because they might not be home.  What to do?

I grabbed some shoes and out the door I flew.  By this time the horse was down the road a bit and cars were stopped in both directions.  We may be in the country, but we live on a very busy road.   Not good!

My plan was to grab my outside extension cord and go after the thing.  No, I do not know how to lasso a horse, but I figured if the horse was friendly it might come to me and then I could get the cord around its neck.

Thankfully, when I got nearer I found my neighbors out there.  The horse wasn’t haltered yet, but at least it was headed home.  Whew!  I was just typing an email to friend saying that things were pretty boring around here lately.  I guess I’d better watch what I type!

 

Image taken from The Horse Channel website

32 thoughts on “Hold Your Horses!

    1. I was going to use the extension cord as a lead/makeshift halter. I didn’t have a proper horse lead or rope, so that was the next best thing. It is a horse horse…you know, the kind you ride. The photo is pretty darned close to what it looks like.

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  1. Oh you mean to tie up right I see. So just to be clear your initial plan was to run through the traffic trailing an extension cord behind you in an attempt to capture a horse .

    OK.

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  2. I have to admit, my horses have gotten out more often than I’ve liked over the years. Once a moose helped them out, another time they got in a tiff and one pushed the other through the fence, once one went under a gate (don’t ask), and I had one particular mare who managed to semi-regularly (read, whenever she was bored) free herself from her pasture without breaking or opening anything (and often get herself into other pastures in, I can only assume, the same way). You can imagine that I have received some interesting phone calls.

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      1. Haha, while I certainly have a few stories I can’t say I’m much of a photographer so very few photos accompany them! The stories also only tend to become funny in retrospect (retrieving a horse on snowmobile in the dark tends to lack humour in the moment).

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  3. I have this image of you running along the side of the road, extension cord in the shape of a lasso, and you whipping it around your head as you yell “Whoa Nellie!”
    Of course my extensive knowledge of horses is from cartoons!👩‍🌾 Wrangler Linda!

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    1. Oh my gosh, yes! If I had to chase horses on a regular basis, I’d be a nervous wreck. I live on a very busy road and their barn is on the other side of it. I’m sure the passing drivers are amused when I stop them to shoo the horse across. I have this crazed frantic look on my face. Whew!

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