Something horse-related?

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Something horse-related?

Post by adamschneider » December 31st, 2021, 2:35 pm

I saw this along the Lower Deschutes River trail last spring. Anyone know what it is?

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It seems like it might have something to do with horses? Like some sort of scratching post?

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Post by retired jerry » December 31st, 2021, 2:43 pm

brake pad from a railroad car?

that's what I've thought when walking past. There is other railroad stuff around there

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Post by lordgares » December 31st, 2021, 4:46 pm

I always thought it had something to do with horses or cows.

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Re: Something horse-related?

Post by walrus » December 31st, 2021, 7:49 pm

cattle brush/scratcher would be my guess - is it in rangeland?

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Post by retired jerry » January 1st, 2022, 6:27 am

there are horses that ride along there

they're concerned about invasive weeds

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Post by adamschneider » January 1st, 2022, 9:27 am

walrus wrote:
December 31st, 2021, 7:49 pm
cattle brush/scratcher would be my guess - is it in rangeland?
Used to be rangeland, now it's a state park.

I googled and found lots of simple cow/horse scratching posts, but nothing as big and elaborate as this.

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Post by bobcat » January 1st, 2022, 9:50 am

I've pondered on that contraption myself, but I'd go for cow scratcher of the one of a kind sort cobbled together by a creative hand with a blowtorch. Years ago, that was seasonal range on public land, with fences and gates, but there's no cattle concession there any longer.

Free ranging horses might use it if it's high enough, but you'd have to unsaddle a trail horse and then convince it that it's not going to get molested by the strange "machine." That could take weeks of training! They'd rather rub against the upright posts, I think. Definitely not an invasive weed mitigation device!

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Post by retired jerry » January 1st, 2022, 10:16 am

something to do with railroads

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Re: Something horse-related?

Post by bobcat » January 1st, 2022, 10:36 am

Actually, it looks more like repurposed irrigation equipment (which also makes sense for the area). Top half of a pipe gate maybe?

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Re: Something horse-related?

Post by dmthomas49 » January 1st, 2022, 11:57 am

Shoe brush for giants! :D
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