……in someone else’s field!!!!!
Some days, when ya’ think it’s kinda boring, and nothin’ is goin’ on………….BAMM!!!!
Before she left for school, I had the daughter throw the horse blankets into the van, so I could take them out to the barn last night. I was heading out at about 6:15pm to let ‘the boys’ have their daily grazing time outside the paddock. I was alot later than usual, because I got involved in listening to Obama’s speech at JMU (but that’s for another post).
When I got to the barn, I could see the horses, frozen like statues, on high alert, staring out at the green hay fields. I glanced over to see what caught their attention. There were COWS in my field!!!
My neighbor was running around, on foot, trying to round them up, so I drove the van across the field to see if I could help! I was praying my tires wouldn’t get caught up in one of the monster groundhog holes in the field! Not exactly a 4 wheel drive, my van (as written about in another post!) has become a multi purpose vehicle over the years!! Last nite, it seemed, it was going to become a quad or a cutting horse on wheels!!!
Our neighbor was doing her best, but was a little outnumbered by about 10 determined cows, including 2 adorable calves, who were going to eat this luscious green grass, no matter what anyone said!! I am no cow expert, but there were Angus, and an adorable calf who was either a Charolais or Simmental blend.
So, I circled the van around, the neighbor on one side, I on the other, and we began tightening the circle of cows. We tried to get them to move toward the opening in the trees, and head them back across the road to their pasture! I have herded horses before, but cows are a little more determined, I think!!!
We got soo close, and her husband showed up on the 4 wheeler as one cow broke away, and they started to scatter. I would drive the van along side the herd, and one would look right up in the window of the van, and look me in the eye, as if she was daring me to make her move!! Which, of course, we did!!
It probably took about 20 minutes, but, the humans were victorious!! The cows were herded thru the opening in the trees, and ran back across the road to their own property! I had a great time- I’m not so sure the cows’ owners did. I could have never done all the running around on foot, like my neighbor was doing!!! The versatility of my old Toyota van was again displayed- and I managed to avoid all the groundhog holes!!!
I went back to my barn to blanket the horses – the weatherman was predicting a drop in temps, possible flurries, and over the state line in WVA, up to 7 inches of snow! Both horses were both in a state of high alert – the ‘old man’ looks upon cows as mutant creatures – and the fact that they were in HIS field, had pretty much put him over the edge!
The temperatures were dropping and he was totally lathered up – his shaggy winter coat was dripping. They were both running the fence line and probably had been for at least an hour. I couldn’t let them out to graze, because in this state of mind – they would take off and I’d never see them again!!!
I caught John, and took him back to his stall- and each time I put him in, he would whirl around, pushing me aside, and blast out the door. It took 4 attempts, and I finally won- he would circle and paw the ground and try to intimidate me- which he is usually good at- due to the difference in our sizes!! He finally acquiesced, lowering his head, licking his lips, and staying where I placed him!! I was proud of myself, I finally showed Prince John who was boss!
Now, to get the ‘old man’ , who was beside himself, still worrying about those cow monsters! I did finally get him in – the lure of food, and the fact that his buddy was already inside helped!
Then, it was time for what I like to call – the blanket dance!!! Ordinarily, blanketing is a non issue! Last night, was a different story! I would have let it go, but since the old man was drenched, and I baby my ‘babies ‘- they got their lightweight blankets on! I was the victor in the blanket dance!
It crossed my mind, later, that I was the only one home during all this excitement! Altho we have an intercom in the barn for emergencies, there would have been no one home to hear me, if I needed them!
It was nice to know, I CAN handle things alone, if need be. Had the husband been home, he would have taken over everything- and most times, I am fine with that! But, I would have never had fun herding cows, and would never have showed Prince John who was boss!!!
When the husband got home from working the Obama detail, we walked out to the barn to check on the ‘babies’. They were a bit calmer – but still in position, staring over the fence, ready to flee, if those monster intruders were to return!!!
To be sure – an exciting night was had by all !!!!!!!
All is well, chilly, calm, and cow free at Mountain Meadows this morning!
Something inspires the only cow of late
To make no more of a wall than an open gate…………Robert Frost
There’s nothing very beautiful and nothing very gay
About the rush of faces in the town by day;
But a light tan cow in a pale green mead,
That is very beautiful, beautiful indeed……………Little Things, Orrick Johns 1887