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red

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Well last night my blue heeler did nothing but bark. I was saying not very nice things about him as I was trying to sleep :mad:. Thought about checking the barns but decided it was too cold outside. This morning when I went out to feed, yep you guessed it, the heifers were loose in the barn. :eek: Boy, did they ever have a party! torn feed sacks    (lucky they were empty), knocked over chairs & equipment, a bag of shaving scattered all over, hay bale totally destroyed & manure all over the barn. First, I had to say I was sorry to the dog  :'(& then put the heifers away. It took me quite a while to clean up their mess. Guess who left the gate opened? Yes, guilty as charged! :-[
What have you done that makes you go DUH? ::)
Red (checking that gate at night now!)
 

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Not this winter, but 2 years ago I parked my truck under metal roof after a heavy ice/snow and slept in the following day.  Soon after waking up an noticing how much the sun was shining and how much warmer it was the next day;  I found my truck crushed  :'( in from a layer of snow and ice that slid off the metal roof on to the truck.  The windshield blew out and major dents in the hood and roof, but $2000  :eek: later it was fixed.

I have been really been thinking about it lately because we got hit with some bad ice and it has been melting.

 

idaho cowgirl

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How about leaving a trailer gate open and unattended with unhaltered heifers in a little town along a freeway in the middle of winter? We were on our way to Denver and had to stop for the night cause the road was closed. We were feeding and watering. I was inside the trailer with my cattle. My friend was feeding her heifers in the back of the trailer. Turned her back to get some water and one of the heifers jumped out. She wasn't haltered. The other heifer tried to follow but she got her stopped. We chased her up and down the slick streets for about 20 minutes. Fortunately the heifer got fouled up on some ice and we were able to halter her and load her back into the trailer. I'd say this rates pretty high for a dumb thing!
 

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idaho, you may just be in the running for the dumb thing of the year award! Glad it tuned out OK!
Red :)))
 

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This is something that I didnt do, but is pretty stupid and disturbing.  My son was helping fit at a neighbor's club calf sale.  They sold about 70 head and you know how it is ..... everyone wants to load out at once, total chaos.  Anyhow a group was hauling together and they decided all the calves should ride tied in the same big trailer.  One of the guys at load out was inside the rrailer tying up the last ones.  Then the driver decided that since he saw the trailer gate close, the guys in back must be done.  So he leaves with the poor load out guy still in there.  No one really notices, until they say where in the heck is Jim, fine time for him to disappear.  Good thing driver stops 30 miles later for gas.  Jim is ticked.  Gets apology...and a ride back!! ::)
 

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I don't know if this really classifies as 'dumb' and it is certainly nothing that I did. ::) Every year there is a certain family that brings totally wild rank steers to our county weigh-in in Feb. Last year they unloaded the steer with little problem and got him tagged and tattooed. So they let him out of the head catch and he was supposed to go through the little alley way to the scale. Somebody forgot to close the side gate all the way (to the alley way) and this steer decides that he doesn't really want to be there anymore. He jumps through the little building that shelters the scale, pins the lady that is recording the weights in the corner, none the less, breaks her fingers, and takes off for higher ground.  (dog) I'm pretty sure that they finally caught him like 5 miles down the road. Thats why someone brings a horse every year...cuz ther's always one that ends up running down the county road :eek:
 

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Showstopper, good example! I think that we have the same family that brings the wild steer to our fair! always disrupts the fair every year by the steer getting away at least once. Takes 2 of them to take it to tie-outs at night, both hanging on for dear life. Then when it gets into the arena, it gets away again & races all over the show ring knocking down people. always think we need to have rodeo clowns instead of ringmen.
Red ::)
 

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cowz said:
This is something that I didnt do, but is pretty stupid and disturbing.  My son was helping fit at a neighbor's club calf sale.  They sold about 70 head and you know how it is ..... everyone wants to load out at once, total chaos.  Anyhow a group was hauling together and they decided all the calves should ride tied in the same big trailer.  One of the guys at load out was inside the rrailer tying up the last ones.  Then the driver decided that since he saw the trailer gate close, the guys in back must be done.  So he leaves with the poor load out guy still in there.  No one really notices, until they say where in the heck is Jim, fine time for him to disappear.  Good thing driver stops 30 miles later for gas.  Jim is ticked.  Gets apology...and a ride back!! ::)


Oh wow.  Wowwww.  That one gets my vote.
 

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red said:
Showstopper, good example! I think that we have the same family that brings the wild steer to our fair! always disrupts the fair every year by the steer getting away at least once. Takes 2 of them to take it to tie-outs at night, both hanging on for dear life. Then when it gets into the arena, it gets away again & races all over the show ring knocking down people. always think we need to have rodeo clowns instead of ringmen.
Red ::)

Don't forget the wild steer at weigh-in. (lol)
 

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I have done so many dumb things in 62 years of life that I would rather just laugh about them and not tell them.  It runs in the family.  We had to rebuild a barn that a storm tore up.  I had chicken pox and could not go to school.  When we put up the rafters one was too long.  Dad is impatient, and he got up there to saw it off.  It pinched the hand saw, so he stood on the 2 x 4 and finished sawing the board.  He fell 15 foot on hi elbow.  Had to go to the doctor and wear it in a sling for a month.  When it got well a neighbor had  holstien bull that kept coming over to our registered Angus cattle.  Dad took the horse, trigger, and was chasing the bull home.  He was unsuccessful.  He got a 3 pronged pitchfork and started the chase again.  He was a tenderizing the rear end of the bull often with the fork, when old Trigger tripped over the sage brush.  Trigger died, Dad flew like supper man, and tossed the fork like a javlin thrower at a track meet.  The bull went home to never come back.  (cow)
 

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Joe Boy, it is wonderful to have you join us! I'm sure you'll bring a new look on things.
Thanks for the good laugh this morning!
Red (clapping)
 

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Oh there are some classics here - I don't hink I can beat the heifer out of the trailer or Joe Boy's dad after the bull but I believe I have spent much of my life doing dumb things!

I always wathc my feet when I walk - have since I was little - and when I do chores I usually sortof follow the same route so if it is dark I have a pattern. So  I was out doing chores in the dark one night and something cought my eye to the left - you get to the point where you can scan the horizon and tell when something ain't right - so I am going where I don't usually go and suddenly I am flat on my back out cold - wake up surrounded by cows. So the next night everybody says better not watch yer feet - so I am out in another field something catches my eye to the right (yeah it is dark - real dark) and as I am not watching my feet I run smack dab into a full 250 pound crystalyx barrel- flip over it and land flat on my back (conscious though, but bruise the size of Chicago from the hip to the ankle - both legs)

But did I learn anything from thes mishaps? Well not really, still do my chores at night in the dark and still watch my feet.......I would be by most accounts a paragon of gracefulness! ;D ;D ;D (and I must say it is a really good thing my cows are calm even tempered and used to having a clod for a human!)

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