A fun project with Neighbor D


D&L’s horses Doc and Coaltrain have not been getting a lot of riding time, what with one health-related issue or another on the part of their owners. In their downtime they’ve developed the habit of fussing at each other, and gradually reducing the fencing between them to bent scrap. The last straw was damage to the gate which had to be entirely replaced. Neighbor D and I had a date this morning to do that, and make all the necessary adjustments in the fence to accommodate it.


Hey, did you know that if you stick your head out the window of a moving Jeep, there’s the most amazing wind? Tobie figured that out this morning, all by himself. He’s quickly finding things to enjoy about Jeep rides…


…but he’s still a puppy and not at all trustworthy to stay out of trouble while I work, and twice or ten times so when there are horses about. So he got to watch from the shotgun seat.


Speaking of untrustworthy: That’s L’s horse Coaltrain, possibly the most mischievous adult horse I’ve ever worked around. Unfortunately some of my duties this morning required me to have my back turned in close proximity to his teeth. He’s not mean exactly, he just has a sense of humor nobody but him seems to appreciate. So you can never quite assume he won’t turn a friendly nuzzle into a chomp.


That’s D trying to straighten one of the fence sections bent over years of equine quarreling.


And that’s the principle objective of the morning’s chore, hanging a new gate. Which we actually got done pretty smoothly. Whole thing only took two hours in the shade, which on a sunny desert July is not the worst way you can spend a morning.

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8 Responses to A fun project with Neighbor D

  1. paul b says:

    Good work when you can get it. I assume with a peg leg you do not feel up to riding them some yourself?

  2. Joel says:

    I have a great deal of experience shoveling up after and performing other maintenance chores for horses, and almost no experience riding them.

  3. Robert says:

    “almost no experience riding them”
    The more fun-loving nags will try to brush you off against nearby fence posts or low-hanging branches. Stupid horses mumble grumble.

  4. Even I find it strange, and it’s me: I like mules, but I can’t abide horses.

  5. John says:

    Tobie discovers what seems to be the best part of going on a ride along for a dog. Probably will want you to go faster now?

  6. Mark Matis says:

    I expect more suspension problems are on the way for your Jeep!!!

    By the way, how are the LARGE dog bones working out for Tobie? Are they sufficiently challenging to keep him busy without causing any injuries? And hopefully not leading to him doing any “painting”?

  7. Joel says:

    Tobie’s still working on his first one – they’re comically too big for a small cabin, but provide a lot of chewing action for a big puppy.

  8. Mark Matis says:

    That’s what I was hoping for! Of course, the real entertainment comes when a teacup Pomeranian ties into one of those…

    And when he’s chewing that, he’s not chewing anything else he shouldn’t be chewing!!!

To the stake with the heretic!