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  • Its time to walk your pastures

    It is springtime, and grass is not the only thing emerging from my soil.

    I walked one of my pastures yesterday and another one today. I am still stressed about the things I found, and more importantly, the things I may have missed. Yesterday, I found an old metal post still in the ground that was broken off and emerging from the soil. If a horse had run over that, it would have sustained a terrible injury. I found a variety of old metal pieces and old glass in that pasture as well. This is a small pasture I have gone over with a fine tooth comb in the last two years, and this is new "old stuff."

    Today, I was in another pasture and I stooped over to pick up an old plastic bottle cap that was emerging from the soil. This cap just happened to be laying in an area that must have been used as a burn spot for old lumber before, because I also found about 20 old rusty nails. After finding a few, I went back to the barn and got my magnet and a bucket. I found quite a few with the magnet, and I need to get a hardened rake out and rake the soil to find the rest. I also found some kind of hasp with a HUGE screw still intact in it. The hasp acted as a base to hold the screw outward and steady. Luckily, the screw was face down in the soil. I can't imagine the damage that one could also have done if it was pointed upward. I am still freaking out about that.

    I then walked the fence lines and found a variety of garbage. The worst was a broken window pane near my neighbor's greenhouse. The greenhouse abuts my fence line, but is totally enclosed in plastic. The broken glass has obviously been there a while, and it was sticking out of the soil at angles and pieces were laying in about a two by two foot area. My horses had eaten the grass around it.

    I have lived here for almost two years, and I have been pulling junk out of these pastures for two years. I think I have it all found, and then more just keep coming up. One of the best things I have done is to buy a magnet on wheels from TSC. I also bought a small harrow, and it has dragged up old metal fence posts and pieces of wire. I would be lost without these two pieces of equipment. I also mow my pastures and keep a close eye as I mow. I pick up every piece of trash I see, no matter how small it is.

    Does anyone else have this problem? It seems to me that most people would, unless they have owned their land for a long time. When will this horrible, dangerous stuff stop emerging from the soil??? Whenever I walk the pastures, which I do several times a season, I fill up about a half a bucket with "new" old dangerous metal items and old glass.

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    The land I live on has been farmed for over 200 years. No matter how much cleaning up I do I still find things.

    Sometimes it's cool stuff like arrowheads, musketballs or saltglazed pottery. Other times it's things like wire imbedded in a tree trunk, or trash some asshat has thrown out of a car window.

    I walk pastures frequently, especially in spring after the freeze/thaw cycle has brought things up to the surface. I have one of those magnets on a stick things too.
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      I walk mine at least once a week. It's good exercise for me and the dogs.

      I've never found anything too hair-raising, but I do agree that it's worth checking.
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        Found a huge long coil of high tensile wire today, along with some glass...we've had lots of wind, the wire must have blown in from somewhere...weird..
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        • #5
          Not to mention rocks. Pastures really do grow new rocks every year, I swear!

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          • #6
            We grow rocks here. It is very maddening.
            the other day, we realized there was a very fine wire about 20 feet long, hanging down from the power lines. It wasn't electric thank goodness, but I was appalled at that one.
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              #7
              Originally posted by kookicat View Post
              I walk mine at least once a week. It's good exercise for me and the dogs.
              I think I am going to walk more often like you do. I guess this is one advantage of the drought hurting my pastures so badly. It is much easier to see the soil. I guess I found my silver lining on last summer's drought!!

              When I moved in two summers ago, the pastures were thick and fetlock deep or longer. I was in heaven ... until I found the coils of rolled up barbed wire the previous owner left in the fields, the metal poles laying in the grass, the 1000 or so nails I picked up from the in-pasture burn spot, and the NINETEEN leg breaking holes hidden in the pasture grass from where the previous owner pulled out a substantial fence and didn't fill the holes. I found the first hole when I stepped in it up to my knee!! Luckily, that was just before my horses arrived, so I didn't put them in that pastures untl I seriously rehabbed it. I filled all of the holes with small rocks since they were so deep. No way was I going to trust filling them with dirt. It took me about 40 bags of rock to do it.

              I have had almost no time to ride since I moved here. Cleaning up the surprise junk from my pastures and fixing all the other surprises has taken a lot of time (I thought this place was in good shape and safe for animals - was I delusional??). I think it is now, until I find the next thing (sigh). However, I LOVE MY FARM, I LOVE MY FARM, I LOVE MY FARM ....

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                Originally posted by kookicat View Post
                I walk mine at least once a week. It's good exercise for me and the dogs.

                I've never found anything too hair-raising, but I do agree that it's worth checking.
                LOL, Kookicat! Weren't you the one who found a child in your pasture? That was pretty hair-raising and a great story at that!! I loved that thread!!

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                  Originally posted by JSwan View Post
                  The land I live on has been farmed for over 200 years. No matter how much cleaning up I do I still find things.

                  Sometimes it's cool stuff like arrowheads, musketballs or saltglazed pottery.
                  JSwan, how cool to find arrowheads and musketballs! Do you live out East? Do you know anything more about the history of your farm?

                  I would love to find out the history of my place. It has an old tobacco barn on it, so about a 100?? years ago, my farm was a tobacco farm. I know it was still farmed for tobacco as recently as 20 or so years ago, because a lady who owns the local antique store told me she used to strip tobacco in my barn. I know there was also cattle and goats raised on it.

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                    Originally posted by fordtraktor View Post
                    Not to mention rocks. Pastures really do grow new rocks every year, I swear!
                    Shea'smom and Fordtraktor, we grow rocks here in Kentucky too! I am using my collection from last year to build a nice fire ring. I suspect if I build something each year with them, I will have quite a few stone sculptures before I am through! Maybe I should just build a rock wall?

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                    • #11
                      Can't walk them quite yet...still about a foot of snow in them. But, I mow them, I walk them daily, I guess you could say I am out in them a lot.

                      I use to walk my old akita around the perimeter every day last summer and fall(she was getting older and didn't want her doing that on her own anymore). It got me in a very nice habit of taking time to walk.
                      As soon as the snow disappears, although my akita is no longer here, I still plan on walking the perimeter.

                      Actually, with my lousy neighbors, I have to...their kids built a tree fort in my lower pasture spooking the horses.
                      I don't have much old stuff to find fortunately, although in the first 10 years I did find odd things once in a while from a long time ago.

                      Now, I do it for pleasure, and to make sure the neighbors are not encroaching!
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                        Originally posted by Epona142 View Post
                        Found a huge long coil of high tensile wire today, along with some glass...we've had lots of wind, the wire must have blown in from somewhere...weird..
                        That is scary. A horse could really get caught in a loose coil of high tensile wire, and it sure we be a mess if you hit it with the lawn tractor!!

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by fivehorses View Post
                          Actually, with my lousy neighbors, I have to...their kids built a tree fort in my lower pasture spooking the horses.
                          I remember a thread where the neighbors built a tree fort in a pasture. Was that yours? Weren't these the people who rented and their kids made a ton of noise (or am I mixing up threads?)? If so, how is that going? I suppose they went inside for the winter, LOL.

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                            Mostly what I find is deer bones, every time I harrow the dirt paddock. Hunters used our property a lot before we bought it, and that small patch was where they dressed the deer. The dog loves harrowing days.
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                              My pastures are under about 1-2 FEET of water due to the latest flood. I think I will put off walking them for a while.

                              The floods do bring in some interesting things. Our pastures sometimes sprout daffodils and tulips -- or, later in the season, I'll go out to get a horse and come back with the horse AND a zucchini. We have not found too much else.
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                              • #16
                                LOl, the kids are back outside...even put up the trampoline and are out there screaming as usual on a daily basis. Yes, that was my thread! sadly.
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                                • #17
                                  There are a lot of items that will rise eventually no matter how deep they're buried. Tires, empty tanks (which is why empty gas station tanks must be removed), rocks, bottles/glass, bricks, and wood will always come to the top. My house is new and the fill dirt they used, and the ground they disturbed pops up tons of rocks, pieces of 2x4 complete with nails, chunks of tree branch, and all kinds of plastic junk keep appearing. My previous house had a lot of bricks buried, and they never stopped appearing in the backyard where there wasn't grass. I think ground pickup is constant no matter where you live, or what kind of ground you have.

                                  My late uncle had about 120 acres in Oklahoma, and he never stopped finding old rolls of barbed wire in the bushes and tall grass. Apparently some was partially buried or just dumped when they replaced the barbed wire years ago, and the installers just tossed it anywhere. And if the previous owners burned trash and dumped the remaining cans and junk then you'll never stop finding stuff every spring.
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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by ToiRider View Post
                                    That is scary. A horse could really get caught in a loose coil of high tensile wire, and it sure we be a mess if you hit it with the lawn tractor!!
                                    Yeah, to say I was "unhappy" to find it would be an understatement.
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                                    • #19
                                      Oh, hah, hah. As soon as my fenceline emerges... we still have several feet of snow covering our fields. topped up by the 11 inches we had yesterday and we are due more at the end of the week. And the tractor is broken and the spare parts are apparently in Northern Japan.

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                                        I board at a place where the pasture is riddled with large holes and tunnels dug by ground squirrels. It used to really worry me but apparently not a single horse has injured itself by stepping into one. However, my horse cut herself twice rolling out there...

                                        The first time it happened she still had her mane in a french braid from the previous day's ride. When I took her out of the pasture, I noticed that one of the strands of hair was sticking out. I opened the braid and the whole strand fell to the ground, it was crudely severed right at her crest. No one could explain it, no one had played a stupid joke and it was too rough and uneven a cut to be made by scissors or a blade. I searched as much of the pasture as possible, finding all kinds of junk and lots of half buried bailing twine (danger!!!) but nothing that could have cut her mane like that.

                                        Fast forward to a few weeks ago... I get my mare from the pasture and she has a completely straight cut, two inches long, across her croup. WTH!?!? Fortunately it wasn't very deep but the hair had been shorn away, again fairly crudely, and there was a bit of bleeding. I got pretty upset because obviously she was rolling in a spot where something sharp was sticking out and next time that thing could do a lot more damage... The BM was fairly interested at first but not concerned enough to help me looking, sigh... It took me a few days going over all the spots my horse likes to roll in and I finally found it, or at least what I believe to be the culprit. It was the top of a soda can, just the round top, not the can itself, and it had split where the opening for drinking is. So imagine a thin metal circle with a U-shaped cutout, and one of the edges bent upwards. Yikes!

                                        So now I don't require my horse to come to the gate anymore, I gladly walk to wherever she is and look for foreign objects on the way (found a fellow boarders cell phone last week!) I just wish the BO and BM would show more concern... Which leads me to the question: Who pays the vet bill when it's more than just a superficial cut???

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