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    09-14-2010, 05:35 PM
  #1
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The things you find in a PASTURE!!! (rant)

This has irritated me to no end...and I have to vent to people who understand what I'm talking about, as everybody who I have told has not sensed the urgency of what I was saying

This past weekend, I was working Poco (a 2 year old filly) in the back pasture. While doing this, I noticed a clump of little flags that mark where power/water/cable lines are on a property. After I was done with Poco, I went over to pick them up, and I noticed that the trailer that was directly behind where the flags were in the pasture was marked with the SAME flags. Somebody had pulled them out of the ground and DELIBERATELY threw them into the pasture. To make things worse, as I went to pick up these unwanted flags, I find a huge piece of glass (from a beer bottle). So I went into the barn, grabbed a grocery bag, and started combing the yard for more glass (and I found plenty more). While in this process, a 10-11 year old kid from the trailer park walks up to the fence, puts his hands on the top of the fence and asks me if he could come in there and look for...get this...caterpillars! I was not in a good mood at this time so I sternly shouted "No, sorry" and went on about my business.

These are some of the objects I found in the pasture : (and there was enough to fill a grocery bag, mind you!)

My personal "favorites" of the day were: the piece of chain link fence, the half eaten sock, the beer bottle glass, and, of course, the 4 FOOT rusty chain lying around the pasture.
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    09-14-2010, 05:51 PM
  #2
Foal
Heh, My instructor had an old beat up car down in her front paddock. : P

My horse is in a paddock with about 11 other horses (I will be moving him soon) and what I can't understand is when people leave their rubbish there. Most of the people in this paddock seem quite sensible but I've often found rubbish bags and what not which I pick up and chuck out. It ridiculous what can be found in a paddock. I tripped over a couple of random tires when I first put Lopez in the paddock.

Is this paddock beside a road? I'm assuming so. People are probably chucking their stuff out the window of a car.
     
    09-14-2010, 05:51 PM
  #3
Green Broke
People throwing stuff in your pasture? Wow....
     
    09-14-2010, 05:58 PM
  #4
Banned
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Originally Posted by lopez    
Is this paddock beside a road? I'm assuming so. People are probably chucking their stuff out the window of a car.
Nope. There are two separate pastures on my instructors property. The main pasture is located next to a road, but the back pasture is hardly visible from there. Behind the back pasture there is a trailer park. Three trailers line the back fence. This throwing had to be done on purpose.

And I understand that the wrappers could have blown in there, but I really don't think that the wind could have blown a 4 foot long chain (approx. 10 pounds) into the center of the pasture.
     
    09-14-2010, 07:15 PM
  #5
Trained
Wow. People really are dense sometimes...amazingly so. This reinforces to me my own personal policy of never boarding anywhere that the pastures back up to the houses of non-horsey people. There were a few beautiful places in Md that tempted me, but just the thought of pastures just backing up to houses so that it made it look pretty....not for me. I have been fortunate, and have never had to.
     
    09-15-2010, 11:12 AM
  #6
Weanling
Wow..thats rediculous. I would be mad also, people are so dumb sometime. I could never imagine messing up someone else's property by throwing stuff on it.
     
    09-15-2010, 01:12 PM
  #7
Yearling
I've found styrofoam bowls, plates, and cups; mashed cat food cans, and their lids; a couple of gloves (not a matching pair of course); the long pieces of twine that go around the round bailes; the netting from around round bales; plastic bags; and an old towel. All but the styrofoam was embedded into the ground. The sad thing is that there are no houses backing up to the pasture. When I first moved in there, there were cat food cans; chains; tarps; and just trash in general in the stalls! I had to clean all of it up before I could move my 1 horse at the time in there. Of course there had been no horses there in a few years before I took my horse there, but still...why would anybody trash their property up like that. Maybe that was why the property owner told me that I had to keep the barn clean.

His wife told me the other day, "The barn could use some care." When I spoke to him, it was because she's allergic to dust, and thought the cobwebs should be taken down. The once in a blue moon that she goes down there to visit HER donkeys, that I take care of, she sneezes. But, being the good boarder, and as the BO calls me "the barn manager", I went to take the cobwebs down. The first yellow jackets nest I knocked down (not realizing it was active) I was lucky to get away from quick enough. Then I found 2 more and of course I quit right then. As I was pulling out, I ran into him and told him that it was just going to have to wait until the bees were gone...unless he wanted to go and take care of the bees nests first. Needless to say, she's going to have to stop using my horse treats for her donkeys, because she can't go into the barn. She's not only allergic to dust, she's also allergic to bees.
     
    09-15-2010, 01:19 PM
  #8
mls
Trained
Things blow in and things 'grow' - as in work their way out of the ground.

While it's frustrating - it's simply part of my routine to pick things up in the arenas and turnouts. What upsets me is when folks leave used tissue, smoking materials, etc on the ground where they park.
     
    09-15-2010, 01:22 PM
  #9
Weanling
Yup happens all the time here. People throw anything and everything. In the past I've picked up: glass bottles, aluminum foil, junk wrappers, trash bags, old metal, bricks, children's rubber boots, a busted tricycle, metal window sashing, rotted apples, several sizes of rubber balls, and my neighbor's dead dog (which he threw over the fence). We walk the fences at least once a week. If I ever win a lottery the first thing I'll do is fence this place with 8ft stockade.
     

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