Fence Repair — Or Not

LeAnn posted this blog on Friday, December 14th, 2012 at 2:38 pm

When I went out to check on the horses before I went to bed Thursday night, I could see the white tape along the western edge of Seleena’s pasture was sagging.

Seleena is the partially blind Appaloosa mare we acquired a year ago last summer from a neighbor. We put white electrical fence tape around her pasture on top of the smooth wire. The white inch-wide tape helps Seleena to see where the fence is. Seleena helps Isabelle to know that Isabelle is not the only horse in the whole wide world.

Since it was dark Thursday night, I could see the white fence was sagging, but I couldn’t see much else. I made a mental note to take up the slack in the tape in the morning so Seleena could see the fence.

Well, Friday morning when I came out to feed the horses, I could see that the fence needed much more than just the tape pulled tight.

I have no idea what happened, but the post was pulled out of the ground and lying six feet away, and the fence was mostly down, to the point where Seleena could have just walked over it if she wanted to.

I could not see any wounds or swollen legs or ankles or anything like that on my Apaloosa mare. She ate her grain and then started in on her hay, so I decided that must mean she felt all right.

Which brings me back to — what happened to the fence? How did the post get pulled out of the ground and tossed aside? How did the staples get pulled out of the post? The sagging wire and sagging tape was probably due to losing the support of the post, although I suppose “something” could have been caught in the fence for a while, too.

Friday morning I tried to pull the tape tight again, but it didn’t work so well. I went into the barn and got a piece of braided twine and tied the white tape to the next fence post and tried to secure it so it would stay tight and pulled up to the point where Seleena could see it.

The mare did not pay any attention to me while I was trying to straighten out her fence, and in fact, went on eating her grain.

We’re supposed to get rain or snow or freezing rain or sleet, or maybe a combination of all of that, on Saturday. Somehow, I think I’m going to have to try to get the fence fixed, too, while I’m at it.

LeAnn R. Ralph
Friday, December 14, 2012

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