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Offline Darryl

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Boundary Rider
« on: September 04, 2013, 11:20:31 pm »
An old boundary rider on Brunette Downs Station in the Northern Territory, Australia, set out on horseback to check the fences and bores on the massive property. It was a long ride and took him three days to complete. He left on Sunday and returned on Sunday. How could that be?

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« Reply #1 on: September 05, 2013, 07:07:48 am »
Sunday is the name of the horse he rode on!  The name of that horse was Friday back in 1997. 

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« Reply #2 on: September 05, 2013, 12:28:01 pm »
Ah! You have it, JTL. And what a memory!!! :o

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Re: Boundary Rider
« Reply #3 on: September 05, 2013, 02:21:23 pm »
With a horse that old it should take him longer these days, too.  8)
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« Reply #4 on: September 05, 2013, 11:58:17 pm »
With a horse that old it should take him longer these days, too.  8)

Yes, he would be a bit long in the tooth by now.
I have always been amused about the names given to horses. Station properties keep a record (some dating back to the 1800s) with details of their line of stockhorses and the old books make interesting reading. You wonder what prompted the owners to give a foal a certain name. Days of the week are obvious of course, but I've never come across one called Wednesday. Tobacco brands were popular - there are quite a few stockhorses named Log Cabin, Erinmore, Woodbine etc.  And colour plays a part too - I recall a big old dark bay on a station where I worked called Vegemite.