Welcome to Fern Valley

Here in central Alberta prime farm country,my husband Martin and I work together raising beef cattle and Appaloosa horses. Fern valley appaloosas have long been known for their quality of temperament conformation and color.I have recently rediscovered a love of writing and have published 2 collections of poetry. "Telling Tails" and Tails Trails and Campfire stories" . I look forward to a future spreading my wings as an author and as a horse woman .

Friday, 6 April 2012

Maybe a little controversial


This may not be a poem that makes any book, or it just might. The Animal rights activists will most certainly find it a bit unsettling, but anyone  who has  seen the horrific damage a coyote can to to a calf, or has lost a cat,rabbit ... will,I believe understand my thoughts. 
So far this year, and the past few  I have only heard them, between having a good couple dogs, and the fact that as early in the year as I can, I put the geldings out around the cattle pens to graze and be a deterrent ,( coyotes and  grumpy appys are not a combo that works in favor of the coyote) But I have  seen personally the result of one or two getting through , and I do not have a picture , but it will be forever stamped in my mind. SO take this  next poem for what it is  please .

Summer winter spring and fall
 We often here the coyote call
At end of day, in fading light
They begin their
Music of the night
An often lonesome eerie sound
Reminds us that they are around
They are a lovely creature true
But oh the damage they can do
A peaceful life I try to live
But the coyote needs to learn to give
A wider berth around the farm
 we aren’t fooled  by your charm
 So carry on, along your way
There is no place for you to stay
The stock here is mine to tend
And should you linger
You will find your end

Stay safe , everyone, and Fridays for sale will be back next week 

9 comments:

Prairie Ridge Performance Horses said...

Well Said!!!
The donkeys here do an awesome job on keeping the 'yotes, out of the area, but I do have a backup to assist them if needed, a 22 calibre enema!!
Love the poetry, keep on with it!!

Ian said...

This is no easy matter. Our neighbours lost a newborn foal to a pack of coyotes, right in their backyard, not a pretty sight.

We had them in our yard until i got one in the process of chasing our dogs. We didn't see a coyote for about 10 months afterward. They are quick learners.

Shirley said...

They were howling close by the other night- one more reason that I camp out at the foaling pen, and keep mama penned up until baby is agile, and always 24/7 bring all my horses in at night.

nccatnip said...

Nothing wrong with protecting what's yours. I live by the credo SSS.

Janice said...

I used to say just leave them alone but I now say if they are close enough to shoot... shoot em...and I don't care if that isn't politically correct....good poem though:)

Cheyenne said...

I find it so interesting that this is so controversial...it's just how we grew up.

kestrel said...

They are smart animals, and shooting one of them will teach the whole pack to stay away from humans...and save the rest of them. The ways of nature are not necessarily what we would like, and we are a part of nature. So it goes...

Nicole said...

eh, Animal Rights groups need to learn a few things. I know they are out for "animal's" rights, but they violate people's rights in doing it. They can go jump off a cliff :)

Cut-N-Jump said...

Coyotes have to eat too, but the buffet line is not here. They can find their own somewhere else or suffer the consequences. Would the animal rights folks stick up for the brutal death of a foal/calf or anything else the coyote eats? Probably not.