Saturday, November 29, 2008

Horseback ride and living fences

Horseback riding is another popular activity for visitors to Costa Rica. This photo from a horseback ride is another example of Costa Rican "living fences."

If you look closely between the trees, you will see barbed wire. The trees were planted in a straight line that separates the pastures from the trail where my wife and were riding. Rather than the expense and trouble of installing fence posts, the barbed wire fencing was strung between the trees. This is common in Costa Rica and is called living fences. On September 18 I previously posted a photo of living fences in a cattle pasture.

Living fences have several advantages. They are beneficial for the environment, provide shade for the animals, are a windbreak, save money for fenceposts, and are attractive. Have you ever seen a traditional barbed wire fence that looked as inviting as the trail created between these living fences?

6 comments:

Kate said...

You're right about the living fences...far more attractive. And, horse back riding is wonderful!

Hilda said...

I really love these living fences. I think it's an idea that more countries should follow. I'm not crazy about the barbed wire though. Too many people don't pay close attention to their surroundings or to what they're doing — they're liable to hurt themselves or the poor horses!

Hilda said...

Hmmm… on second thought, I'll take that back about the horses. I think they're smart enough not to bumble into the barbed wire (unlike humans).

Hyde DP said...

Well I think Hilda has already expressed both my thoughts and possible reservations about living fences.

Mind you, we've had our equivalents here for years - they are called "hedges"

babooshka said...

Living fences are much more preferable than barbed wire.

glenda said...

This does make a lovely path. Julie is pretty cute too.

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