Bright spark

Every Friday, Anklebiter 1 (and sometimes number 2) and I head out to a horse ranch as soon as school finishes.

The road winds past dilapidated barns and wide open countryside; the road twisting and turning and narrowing as we near our destination in the middle of nowhere.

We brush Attila, who despite his name is a darling, and then we saddle up and my daughter rides away, with the rest of us (dog included) trailing after…

Last week, AB1 went to the field to fetch Attila. Several large horses blocked the way and wouldn’t let her out.

She asked me to help by unhitching the electric fence wires and then chase these horses – did I mention how huge they are? – away.

I took my gloves off and grabbed the hook thingie to detach the wires.

Apparently, you’re supposed to grab the plastic handles and not the actual wires of an electric fence…

I yelled loudly. I shook and you could almost see my skeleton as I vibrated like a cartoon character.

But my piercing scream did the trick. The large horses ran off, terrified.

The ranch owners came running.

“Oh, it’s just me!” I said with my singed hair standing up on end. “Just testing the electric fence for you…”


“It all works fine!”

(No wonder my daughter says I’m embarrassing…)

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64 thoughts on “Bright spark

  1. Heavens, the things you do for your kids!

    By the way, I’ve been told that horses somehow end up with names that offer the contrary impression of their behaviour – “Lightening” will probably be a slug, whereas a horse called “Slowcoach” will probably be quite fast…


  2. Well, that’s a shocking lesson indeed! (And kids always say their parents are embarrassing. It’s some kid of law of nature or something.) ๐Ÿ™‚ Humorous story to start the day here! Thanks!!!


  3. Horses kick and so do electric fences! YOUCH! I realise that you were just demonstrating to your children what not to do! Mad Mummy!


  4. your daughter’s smile is gorgeous. she’s happy. glorious photos as usual. I learned the realities of an electric fence as a girl and it isn’t pleasant. once touched, never again. have a great weekend!


  5. LOL

    Oh you poor thing. I grew up in the country, where the little boys would dare each other to pee on the electric fence wires. Luckily I was a little girl. ๐Ÿ˜‰


  6. Yes a rather energizing day wasn’t it? Well I guess that you won’t be doing that again…

    Been there done that, but not quite as badly.

    Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams


  7. I would have done the same thing with the fence
    I once grasped a barb wire fence right where it was sharpest

    beautiful shots
    I love how happy your girl looks
    and Atilla is magnificent


  8. Oh Lady Fi, I love horses! There is something so magnificent about them!
    “could almost see my skeleton as I vibrated like a cartoon character”…
    Well that is terrifying (but you wrote it in a funny way!) ha! ๐Ÿ˜‰


  9. Hehehe!! Well, you could also always claim you wanted to make sure you are still a conductor. These things are important to know! “Control test! Gravity and conductivity still functioning! Woo!”

    I’m glad you’re okay. Way, way back in the day when I was a camp counselor the guys would try to sucker the newest male counselor into peeing on an electric fence.

    I tell you this to make you feel better: Most of them were willing to try. Oy.


  10. You poor dear, what a frightening experience that must have been. Even having studied electrical engineering, or maybe because of it, I have a great respect for live wires. Glad to hear you are fine.


  11. Nice horse pics. Very entertaining story. I am extra careful with electronic fences but I know that it is just a matter of time.


  12. Hahaha, oh no you poor thing!!! Very cool you give your kids the chance to ride! Just being around such impressive animals helps give them confidence and compassion just to name a few things! Wonderful!!
    Have a great weekend and watch out for those electric fences from now on!!


  13. LOL – your description made me picture everything clearly. I grew up on a farm and learned to be wary of electric fences as a child!

    That’s a great shot of your daughter. Her joy shines on her face.


  14. Did the farmer thanked you for your trouble ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Your daughter I am sure will appreciate your devotion to her soon enough. Enjoy your week-end, ladify.


  15. Nothing else on Camera Critters could top this, Fi, not even reach it! I’m glad you came out of it okay. It must have been a scary experience for your delightful daughter, not just embarrassing!
    — K

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie’s Guide to Adventurous Travel


  16. If you do what you did at horse ranch in Japan, the magnitude of the voltage is less than a half:) Do you wanna give it a try??? I hope you did not have a camera with you when you got an electric shock!
    Actually I had the same experience when we lived in Umeรฅ. I dropped something at home and stupidly trying to grab it blindly under the table and touched AC plug accidentally with my right hand. Then my LEFT hand went up by itself!!!


  17. WOW & OWW! I’m glad you’re OK after that shocking experience! Glad to know the shock was not worse than it was and that you are OK. The things we do for our kids to help them learn…LOL


  18. The picture of your daughter on the horse with a bright smile on her face is priceless, even thought you had to pay a “shocking” price to get it.


  19. Oooh – I had to giggle although I know that jolt must have been unnerving. Glad you’re OK. My bro-in-law and my sister were here for a visit and he wondered about all the electric fences in the cow pastures. He was skeptical even after I showed him the battery sitting in the back of the pasture and the size of the cows. He tested it and in a high-pitched voice said “yeah – it’s got a little juice.”

    You had a ? re: our destination on my blog: we’ll be East of San Francisco and husband commuting into the City. No real winter’s there – have to admit, I’ll miss a real Winter season (some of the time).


  20. Beautiful photos, but oh my gosh, I jumped in my seat right here when you said you touched the wire! And then smiled at your response to it.


  21. Hahaha, oh wow. I’m so paranoid of grabbing those things when I’m at my boyfriends. This post has done nothing to alleviate my fears!

    How beautiful is that photo of her riding? You can see she’s just in her element!


  22. I am sooooo happy that all is well with you. But confess that as dramatic as it really MUST have been, when I read it… I cracked up.

    The story and photos are simply delightful. However, please…PLEASE… from now on do stay away from bees, electric fences…and don’t even think about coming close to a Rail Road crossing!!

    But now answer a question that I am itching to know…
    Do you glow in the dark?


  23. Nothing like the joy on the face of a little girl on her horse — or even a big girl, for that matter. He looks like a Belgian. I love that coloring.

    Yes. The plastic handles, not the wires. ๐Ÿ˜‰


  24. Good grief Lady, that is going above and beyond the call of duty — even when it’s all for your daughter! And (in retrospect) it makes for a very funny experience. (I’ve never met a daughter yet who wasn’t embarrassed sometimes by her mother…but when she grows up yours will look back on it and laugh (and laugh)….


  25. Not where I thought this post was going! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m enjoying your sense of humor about the incident. I’ve lived places where asking the new neighbor to grab the fence and hold it is considered the official welcome to the neighborhood.

    I hope your anklebiters appreciate all you do for them.


  26. What we do for love!! Ha! Now you don’t need that perm you were thinking of! Loved this post! Great story!! And beautiful photography!
    Congrats on your POTW award


  27. This brought back some fun memories playing with the fence. We sometimes made a chain holding hands and then the 1st person touched the fence. The one at the end got zapped worse.Clapping hands make mine run off, or a tap on the rump.


  28. I’m not shocked to see how happy your daughter is astride that horse…Hope that you are over yours.

    Congratulations on your POTW.


  29. ha, ha! We have electric fence, too, and occasionally I unintentionally “test” it. The horses are very careful of it, though. They must be smarter than I am.
    Glad your daughter is able to get out to a farm to ride. That’s how I started out when I was about her size, straddling a friendly pony out in a field.


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