Ranch Life: What does this mean?

I came across these two poles some fifteen feet or more in the air with strands of barbed wire strung across the from pole to pole and wedged in between the strands of wire was a large bone (femur?). Now I have no idea what that signifies. Maybe nothing but good humor or something more obvious to those that are around the ranch life. I took a photograph and planned to research the meaning. I have come up with zip, zero, nada.

Maybe it is a good luck gesture…or to ward off bad juju gesture…or a sign of the cattle and ranch life…or some one has a big appetite. Maybe someday some one will comment here and let us know. Probably obvious, but not to me.

OK: Update….I contacted some land owners near this interesting landmark and received this explanation for the large bone suspended between posts on barbed wire: some time ago the owners of the land placed the large bone up above as a humorous item to promote conversation and suggest the cattle rancher’s life out West. So, kind of artistic and tongue in cheek.

14 Responses to “Ranch Life: What does this mean?”

  1. October 23, 2012 at 16:01

    Check back to our trips…I posted about ” boots and bones ranch”, a deserted ranch in wyo with old boots and bones hanging on the entry posts just like yours… Guess we could google or wait and see what you get in reply….bet it’s a no trepassing old tradtion?


  2. October 23, 2012 at 08:34

    Regardless, it looks like a fantastic entrance to a ranch. I agree with bigsmileu1 – cool find!


  3. October 23, 2012 at 06:31

    It was used to twist the wire between the poles to tension the posts towards the middle and add strength. A bone is much more interesting than a piece of rebar or a stick. Maybe the ranch hand who did it had more signifigance but you would need to ask him.


  4. 8 Anonymous
    October 23, 2012 at 00:16

    I think it is like there as like an enterance to there property


  5. October 22, 2012 at 21:21

    Perhaps the pre-modern, no walls, no spray cans version of “Kilroy was here”? Rural graffito … I think it is kinda cool, neat photo.. thanks for sharing.


  6. October 22, 2012 at 20:48

    Interesting and mysterious. Maybe it is a piece of sculpture art? Cool find. 🙂


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