Years ago I read a book called Why Do Clocks Run Clockwise?: An Imponderables Book (Imponderables Books). One of the questions was, “Why do ranchers cover their fence posts with boots?”
I’ve seen this practice many times and have read three general reasons. The first makes the most sense. If someone was lost, the boots would show that someone lived nearby. The lost person could follow the boots to a dwelling. Some cover fence posts with boots to protect posts from weather. Some say it’s just tradition.
I like tradition. Long may it live!