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Registered: Nov 2016
About 30 years ago, I had a young hound that was just far enough along that he was needing singled out. He was starting to tree coon consistantly and I was really enjoying watching this young hound progress. I could see him improve almost nightly and I wasn't about to let anything get in the way of that rhythm. A thunderstorm had rolled through about dark and I was chomping at the bit for it to pass so I could go hunting. As the night drew on my patience drew thin and as the rain started to lighten up I was out there loading him up. By this time it was getting late, but I wasn't about to miss a night. I drove about 10-15 miles out to a spot I had permission on and cut him out. Wasn't long and he had struck about 200 yards out. He was a here, there, there and yonder type track dog never opening in the same place twice and moved that track to the half mile line and to the east side of the section. Before long he set anchor and was telling the world he had his coon. Problem was, he had worked off my permission land and was now very close to a farm house. With lights off, I eased my ole ford truck up the road closer to him, killed the engine and kicked in the clutch and coasted within 150 yards from him. As I stepped out and quietly closed the door I could hear him just across the open pasture. I slipped through the fence and was make'n tracks across the open pasture without my light on. I figured I'd just slip in there, give him a pat on the head and move right on out. WELL, about 1/2 way across that pasture, while listening to him tree and watching the house for lights.....I felt a LOUD BBLLLOOOWWW of HOT breath and snot on the back of my neck!!! I JUMPED, SCREAMED, SWUNG BEHIND ME, SPUN AROUND AND FELL FLAT ON MY BACK GASPING FOR AIR!!!!
Unbeknownst to me, there was a %&@# horse in that pasture!!! With my heavy breathing on a fast walk and the dog lead and chap noise, I didn't hear him walking right up behind me in that soft pasture. That suckers nose and whiskers had just touched the back of my neck about the same time he SNORTED AND BLEW and I swear in that instant my heart stopped.
Never before or since have I ever been that startled and scared and all because of a dang pasture horse. LOL
CORNERSTONE TREEING WALKERS
Greg & Marcia Harring
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