So – Friday, while holding ponies for our farrier, Larry arrived home w/ his new bike. It’s a “real” bike – pedals, his own power. He rode it out to where we were and a couple of the Sr Mares “alerted”, but nothing major…
I didn’t think to tell him to be careful about going around the boys – especially since I’d moved the Arab mare out there w/ them. Wizard was in Spanky’s previous pen(loose), Ellona was in Wizard’s pen (loose) and the other boys were tied up along Ellona’s pen eating. Hmm, a little while later I hear some major racket/metal noise and then “Easy… Whoa, whoa, easy…”.
Cat (farrier) and I walked back around the barn to see what going on – but couldn’t see anything. The shed blocked the view. Then I could see that the Arab mare is loose in the pasture instead of in the paddock where she’d been – figured she’d jumped the fence when she got excited by the bike. Well, turns out that Larry had some excitement (he was pretty shook up actually) as Ellona didn’t jump out. She flipped out – literally. He said her head went up, her eyes got bigger than her head and she flew backwards until she’d whammed into the fence (hard) and then reared and flipped backwards over the panel – between the fence posts (thank goodness) – bending the metal walk thru gate frame apart, too.
When he made it back around to us again, stated that he felt we needed to do some more desensitizing with Ellona and both Cat and I agreed. Sometimes I swear Ellona didn’t get the brain God gives fleas! She’s OK, and I was able to purchase another gate yesterday afternoon when I made the feed run (had other things I needed to do w/ that money, darn mare). After feeding today, I unloaded the new gate/frame and posts and the post driver. I removed the hay string that still strapped the wire panel to the posts and the gate frame to the post. But I’d forgotten the wire cutters and had other things was going to be doing, so will finish the repair/replacement tomorrow.
Sami was still tied where the fence post is bent over w/ the bucket on it – that’s why Larry was saying “whoa, easy…”. Ellona had already flipped out and gotten up and taken off. BUT I’m guessing the rest of the smaller boys weren’t done eating at the time or he was rattled enough himself – after he calmed Sami down, he left them all tied, LOL.
I should be able to re-use this section after I cut off the mangled part. I don’t think I’ll be able to get the mangled section straightened out enough to use for anything? Should have seen me trying to get Ellona (o – and that’s short for _ell on a pedestal OR _ell on wheels) thru that gate for feeding today. All snort and blow but the prospect of feed won out. Ellona is one of those Arabs that could give them a BAD NAME in the wrong hands. :whistling
I’ll have to do some checking. I think I can don some safety glasses, put a metal cutting blade on the Sawzall and remove the lower half of the frame. Then can still use the upper half and the gate itself (can permanently attach to wood posts) elsewhere.
Will post pics of the repair when finished…