Thursday, October 14, 2010

Don't Fence Me Out --- Or In For That Matter!

In New Mexico there's lots of cows and in turn, lots of cattle guards. They're hefty contraptions so you can drive your gnarly one ton pickup or massive hay rig over 'em and they won't collapse.

The appearance of "holes in the ground" keep cattle at bay and the cows stop short of going over the cattle guard for fear their legs will get stuck in the bars. Not a good thing if you're a cow in cougar country.

Our ranch had to replace a worn out cattle guard last year and I thought you'd like to see how pretty they are brand new out of the box!

Decked out in a bright coat of lemon yellow our guard color coordinates with the surrounding flowers. It takes you from the interior of the ranch to the ranch road that leads to points beyond, with style.

A New Mexico law states every cattle guard accessible to the general public must have a gate next to it so other traffic, on horseback, can pass through. Our "cowboy gate" is a fashionable John Deere green.

Wouldn't it be nice if all states were so thoughtful?


SouthernSass Thursday, October 14, 2010 1:33:00 PM  

The scenery is so pretty. I love the yellow wildflowers - they match the cattle guard! :)

clairz Thursday, October 14, 2010 2:11:00 PM  

Everything looks so lush! Didn't know cattle guards came in colors to coordinate with the landscape--learn something new every day, lol.

penni Thursday, October 14, 2010 2:16:00 PM  

Only people with New Mexico in their hearts would wax poetic about a cattle guard. Myself, I think it's mighty spiffy.

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