Out west, they'd put closely spaced RR tracks in the ground spaced in
such a way that the cattle's hoofs would get caught or at any rate made
it too difficult to cross.
It worked so well that in some places, all they had to do was paint the
lines on the road and the cattle would keep away
I cant get that website to load on my old browser, but if it is
electrified, it will work with most cattle and horses. That is, unless
you have a horse like one of mine, who can jump right over a 5ft fence.
He just did that last week, so I renamed him BUTTHEAD !!!
The first one is two spring loaded arms extending over the driveway.
Each is attached to one side of the fence. They're maybe hood high on a
pickup. There are what look like streamers hanging from those arms.
The streamers are electrified. A vehicle driving through will push the
arms out of the way as it goes through.
The second is the old style guard with bars on the ground perpendicular
to the road. There's a little hole dug under the bars. Vehicles can
easily but cattle are afraid to walk over it.
I saw another neat thing in a farm magazine once. It was a rotary gate
in a fence line. It looked like the rotary doors one sees in public
motels and stores. I think the paddles were offset from perpendicular to
though. People could walk through but something longer like a cow couldn't
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I was following a woman on one of the Nevada backroads, and she was
moving along pretty well. All of a sudden, she climbed on the brakes and
slowed down to about 20. There was a 'cattleguard' painted on the road
and she fell for it. Stupid cow!
I don't like walking across the real ones myself. I always have a vision
of a foot slipping between the rails followed by a broken ankle.
If he could do that, he could also sing "I feel pretty, oh so pretty"
and walk into and scope out any women's locker rooms or washrooms that
he wanted. Obama said it's okay.
Back on topic. . . When I was growing up a local farmer had a drive
OVER gate to keep animals in. It was the same height as the fence and
about 12' wide. Hinged at the bottom, it was made of iron pipe and
heavy wood slats. Each side had a set of heavy duty springs that would
pull it back up and hold it in the vertical position. You'd drive up to
it, nudge it with your car's bumper (they had them then) and then drive
slowly forward. There was some sort of mechanism that would delay its
rising after you drove over it by a few seconds and then it would spring
back up. We kids thought it was the coolest thing and used to "ride it"
like a bucking bronco.
RR rail has the advantage of being stout enough to hold any large
equipment albeit the weight makes it a pita when constructing...most any
I've seen are thick-wall tubing/pipe.
All that is really needed for the concept to work is enough of an
illusion that there's a hole/depression between the rails--they're
afraid by instinct of getting hoof caught in such a crevice so will not
venture onto the surface--hence they stay on the right side of the fence.
There doesn't need to be any "conditioning" with an actual device for
the deception to work; it relies solely on the visual effect. (Hence,
occasionally snow is a deterrent; it covers up such and is thus rendered
ineffective. The saving grace there is that once have been in a given
location for a while they tend to gravitate to and stay in particular
areas so it may never be tested.
That's no lie. I have bad memories of lifting one out of the way to
shovel out the debris after it filled up. The guy on the other end was a
big, dumb Swede and I wasn't about to admit I couldn't get my end up but
I could feel my balls heading south.
That was 25 years ago. Today I'd go back and get the tractor.
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