After my post about the head gate, a reader requested an update on how it worked. This was supposed to be that update as I told about getting Sara bred by AI (artificial insemination).
1) The Lower Pasture gate post at one end
2) Each other in the middle
3) The Back Pasture gate post at the other end (not visible in the photo).
Then he wired the cattle panel he is touching (to his right) to:
1) The Lower Pasture's open gate
2) A fence post by the Back Pasture gate.
All that remained was to open the Back Pasture gate--where the animals were all eagerly congregated--and let them through the temporary chute into the Lower Pasture.
This step proved unnecessary and merely prevented me from photographing what happened next because I was busy holding both the horses' lead ropes.
Herb got a bucket of feed and tried to lead Sara toward me, the horses, and the round pen. Sara LIVES for feed! She is a Feed-Seeking Missile! It was more a matter of Herb running to try to keep ahead of Sara as they headed for the round pen. I WISH I could have gotten a photo, but this one of Sara thinking the camera is good to eat will have to give you the idea.
Unfortunately, we were not able to drive her through because we were too generous with the size of the pen, and Sara had too much room to maneuver.
So Sara got her grain and her freedom and a few more months to enjoy her sylph-like figure!
So while Sara enjoyed her new-found freedom with a little gallop, the horses enjoyed their re-new-found freedom with a little gallop, the dogs enjoyed racing after them . . .
So pretty much everyone is happy. We're a little embarrassed and feel bad about wasting Mitch's time, but we know what the game plan is now, and we can get ready for October. Mitch wasn't even bothered at wasting an hour (people down South are SO laid-back!) I guess the only unhappy people are my poor readers who are still waiting to see how the head gate worked. All I can say is, stay tuned . . .