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Lasso a pig?
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Cindi    Posted 02-26-2003 at 11:20:29       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I had to move one of our 500 lb plus boars across an open rectangular pasture roughly a quarter acre in size. Before it was over he had inspected every square inch of it. Our milk goat, Baby, and Elvis our hound added to the confusion by being underfoot every time I turned around. Baby, just being nosey and trying to get her head in the feed bucket, and Elvis trying to protect us from this 'wild' pig.

My son was convinced that all we had to do was lasso him, and drag him. He said that I was doing it all wrong with the bait technique although he has never helped move a pig before and the last thing I needed was a thirteen year old who knows everything except how to follow directions. I tried to explain the concept of a hundred and fifty pounds versus five hundred, and two-wheel drive versus four wheel drive, but he still kept insisting, so I ended up just yelling over and over...'just shut up PLEASE and do what I tell you!'

My son's friend was fond of the squirrel technique. He would run in fast, chatter at the pig wildly and the moment he got the pigís attention he would run for the nearest tree. Needless to say it was amusing to watch but completely useless.

My oldest daughter tried to sweet talk him. She got him in a corner and petted and cajoled until she lost her patience and screamed at him, sending him off on another tangent. My youngest daughter leaned against the fence post and laughed at us.

Finally, a bucket of sweet feed got his attention. I had him following me, the kids were in position and actually helping, the pig was panting like a lizard and had this 'tell me what you want me to do look'. Everything was going my way when I got hit with an urgent, none too subtle call of nature.

Here I was, backing down the chute, with my legs crossed, bent over in the middle, holding a bucket of feed, and my breath, praying that he would get his rump far enough into the chute to swing the gate closed behind him.

Finally he kind of sighed, pushed his way around me and trotted into his pen, and straight to his water, leaving me to believe that he had known all along what was up and had just decided not to make it easy for us.

I had given him the benefit of the doubt, thinking he was confused and scared, and didn't know what was expected of him. While I was dealing with the realization that he had got one over on me, the kids disappeared like smoke in a wind tunnel.

I locked the pig up, crossed the pasture toward the house quickly, legs still crossed, adjusting to the fact that I had just been outsmarted.

By the way, you canít lasso a pig.......can you?


kraig WY    Posted 02-26-2003 at 16:06:32       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Oh yes you can lasso a pig, it makes for fun watching. When you do be sure to vidio tape it. I'll buy a copy.

I have a chute with short run in my pig pen. I cut off the feed and only let them get water and feed in the chute. When they go to eat I close off the pen. I back a trailer to the chute, take a pice of plywood the with of the chute and SLOWLY guide the pig into the trailer, using it to move him where I need to get him where he needs to go. You can't chase a pig anywhere. All the screaming and cussing don't help. Believe me I tried it all. Bucket over the head? Thats fun to watch too.
I found with pigs the more help you have the harder it is to get the job done.


Jim in Michigan    Posted 02-26-2003 at 13:03:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
I lasooed a 400 lb pig once,,ONCE....It dragged me half way across the barn yard, wasnt pretty....We ended up movin it by wheelbarrow method,,,Jim


slim    Posted 02-26-2003 at 12:35:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yep, but it ain't purdy. A friend of mine decided he was going to lasso one of several wild pigs running around on his daddy's farm. He climbed a tree and got on a branch that was over one of the trails that they used. He lowered a noose to just ground level and waited. Well you can imagine what happened. Along comes one straight through the noose. He yanks on it to tighen it and off goes the pig. My friend neglected to tie off his end of the rope and instead was holding the end. Pig yanked him clean off the limb. He was flying through the air like Superman. His flight was short lived and he hit the ground flat on his chest. I think an hour or so later he was able to breath again. It must have been a sight to see a 6 foot 225 pound starting tackle on the football team done in by a pig.

By the way this guy did better with deer. He chased down a couple and caught them on foot. Tried to keep them as pets. Didn't work out too well.

To each his own.

slim


Cindi    Posted 02-26-2003 at 13:19:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have been on the front end of a marauding gilt before, weighing about maybe, 150 lbs. She caught me about mid-thigh and flattened me. The best way I can think to describe it would be if someone had run into me with a car and knocked me over.


Cindi    Posted 02-26-2003 at 13:19:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have been on the front end of a marauding gilt before, weighing about maybe, 150 lbs. She caught me about mid-thigh and flattened me. The best way I can think to describe it would be if someone had run into me with a car and knocked me over.


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