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From Pipi’s Pasture: Leave it to a cow …

Diane Prather

Diane Prather

"Leave it to a cow" are words that you might hear around a ranch. Roughly translated, the words mean: "A cow might do anything" or "When the unexpected happens, a cow is probably involved."

For example, a cow is found with her head stuck between two corral poles, and now she doesn't know how to get out. It might be that all she has to do is move down along the fence, to a wider space, but she doesn't. The rancher shakes his head. Leave it to a cow.

When you consider these scenarios, put yourself in the place of the rancher who has to deal with it all.

• If there's a mud hole in the pasture or corral, a cow will drink out of it rather than walk to a water tank. Leave it to a cow.

• You leave a gate open. A cow is clear across the pasture. You reason that you don't have to worry about the gate; you're going to be gone just a few minutes, and the cow isn't even looking in your direction. The cow beats you back to the gate. Leave it to a cow.

• A cow not only finds her way into an old building on the ranch property but manages to close the door behind her. Leave it to a cow.

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• You park a stock trailer in a pasture. A cow finds a way to get inside, and by the time you get back to the pasture, she's standing at the side door, trying to find a way to get out. Leave it to a cow.

• The postal carrier has just put mail in your mailbox along the road (where the cows graze). Leave it to a cow to "get the mail." Or, you put mail in the box and raise the flag to let the postal carrier it's there. Leave it to a cow to lower the flag or maybe even break the flag off the box.

• You leave a grease gun out. Leave it to a cow to suck it dry — and never get sick.

• You take a wheel off a piece of haying equipment so you can have it repaired. You prop the equipment up with a block (or blocks). Leave it to a cow to rub on the equipment while you're away, knocking it on the ground.

• You hear a cow bawling and bawling. You imagine that her calf is sick, or worse, dead. You rush down to the pasture to find the cow standing on one side of a creek and the calf on the other. The cow is insistent that the calf come across the creek instead of going over to get him. Leave it to a cow.

• You're filling a water tank with a garden hose. Leave it to a cow to remove the hose when you're not looking, leaving a pond around the tank. When you return the hose to the tank and your back is turned, leave it to the cow to remove it again.

Leave it to a cow to keep things interesting.