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Re: [RC] Horses & mud puddles - Joe Long

On Tue, 7 Mar 2006 04:40:43 -0800, "Karen Sullivan" <greymare56@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
wrote:

brief clarification....has anyone really seen -moss- hanging 
from trees?  The ... stuff in the southern states you see hanging 
off trees (Spanish moss) is really a  tillandsia (bromeliad)....

I'll bet most of the Yankees on this list don't know that Spanish Moss is
carnivorous.  You have to be careful of it riding in the South.

At a ride in Alabama once I warned some Yankee about the Spanish Moss.  He just
scoffed.  Well, I was riding along behind him when he rode too close and some of
it brushed his shoulder ... yep, it wrapped around his neck and pulled him right
off his horse, up into the tree.  The last I saw of him was his feet kicking as
I rode by.

Another time in Mississippi I told this story to a rider from West Texas.  He
said, don't worry, I've got these big spurs and if that stuff tries to grab me,
I'll just dig in the spurs and hang on.  Yep, you guessed it ... that moss
grabbed him around the neck, he dug in the spurs, and the moss lifted him, horse
and all, up into the tree.  The last I saw of them was the horse's feet kicking
as I rode by.

Now, about the kudzu ...

-- 

Joe Long
jlong@xxxxxxxx
http://www.rnbw.com

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Replies
Re: [RC] Horses & mud puddles, Christina Schiro
Re: [RC] Horses & mud puddles, Karen Sullivan