I love horses. I've always had them...since I was seven. I can't imagine life without horses.
I like them, but it was my daughter who got us started in that direction. Now, I wouldn't mind having one or two. I could still do the trails that way without having to wear myself out walking.
Hi Harry,Life long horsewoman here. It is a terminal disease. No known cure, but those afflicted wouldn't want to be cured anyway! JF aka thebossmare
I know the feeling, Julie. Looks like we will be buying my daughter a saddle and associated gear for her Christmas present. The horse she rescued is coming along nicely and should be out and about soon. Then my daughter can stop paying the stables for riding (and keep paying the stable fees.)
Constantly eating beasts of pasture destruction. However if you like horses you can get one (or 30) for cheap now as everyone is begging someone to take them off their hands around here at least.It hasn't reached the proportions of the 80's yet but I have read and heard some reports of horses and even a calf or two being tied outside the area sale barn with a free sign next to them.The type of horses kept by American's today are the ultimate luxury item with the price tag to boot.
True words PP. High dollar horses are still commanding some serious dinero. Those of questionable parentage, that folks are tired of feeding, vetting and shoeing/trimming, well all too many of them find themselves turned loose on BLM land to make their own way. When I lived in Washington ( the state) you would occasionally come across one stumbling around in the Cascades. Heart rending. People suck.
Julie - You are correct people do indeed suck or more to the point they don't think about the long term anymore. Where my farm is located happens to be a high demand area for many a wanna be horse owner. Mostly Women but some young Men as well and they just don't understand how things change. One year it could be a good production year with low feed costs and they think they can collect a dozen horses on some small pasture and spend little on feed then the next year (or Five) is drought and they are spending 4 or 5 times what they paid at first.Honestly my own Mother was as guilty of this as anyone which is why I own the property I do because I had to buy it to bail her out so she could afford all the other costs that go with the old horses in the field. Fences coming down, barn hadn't been painted in 20 years you get the picture she had broke herself just feeding them. All in all it was a good deal for me cost-wise but I won't see a return on that investment until the horses are gone. Of course at her age guess who now does most of the actual work as well.Horse people are crazy. She is 68 years old and has no business messing with those animals any longer and she should have known better than to get the last few she got even a decade ago. She knew full well how old she was and how old horses live.Best way to turn a Billionaire into a Millionaire, start keeping horses.
Our South Carolina Property backs up to a horse pasture, there are three of them in it. they come to the fence and we pet them..but I have noticed in recent visits, they are starting to look poorly. I feel sorry for the poor animals...
PS: where is a follow button for your blog?
I don't actually know what that is. I have seen it on other blogs but I don't think I have one.
I'm nearly old enough to be your Mum and swore that when I couldn't throw a leg over anymore I'd get a team and a cart and we'd go driving. With the way things are, I might reconsider and get a wagon so we can make it to the post shtf swap meet in Troy.:) Odds are she did know better, that is why I refer to it as a disease, it isn't rational. Still, at my advanced years, I've had a couple of friends experience a heart attack and just fall off their horses and it was all over. My kind of exit! I am temporarily horseless while I get my little homestead infrastructure up and functioning. I risk ridicule telling you, but I was out working on fences, when a soft wind picked up and brought the smell of sun dried horse manure to me. I cried. I miss my hayburners, but first things first. I'll go hungry before I will let the critters in my care do without, but no sense courting that scenario. Horse people appear crazy to those not afflicted. The reality of it is they are passionate about horses, deeply so.Warm regards, the bossmare
Well Julie people rarely go the way they hope and suddenly isn't the norm. At 24, 34 and even 44 someone can expect to take a fall and heal pretty shortly. At 68 if there's an accident your (general your not you) going to be a burden on someone for a very long while. My experience with horse people is they don't think things through.
Very good! Not thinking things through is a human condition, not limited to horse folk. Some one said they wished they knew where they were going to die and they just wouldn't go there. Not an option, of course. But I will say this, if someone I love needs long term care due to unavoidable circumstance or a stupid mistake and i am capable of giving that care, it would be my honor to do so. Sorry you haven't been exposed to rational, thoughtful horse folks. There are a few. I haven't gotten this far having handled hundreds of horses in my time without a lot of respect for what they are and how powerful they are. There is an old Adirondack saying....If it looks dumb and acts smart, it's a bear. If it looks smart and acts dumb, it's a horse. Good on you for buying the farm and worrying about your Mum.
Thanks Julie.All I can say is though I don't consider falling off a horse when you are 68 years old as an unavoidable circumstance :)Wouldn't matter in the end I would still have to take care of her but I just told her tonight as she is making plans for her two week trail ride trip later this month. If she falls off and breaks her hip and is laid up for months I am leaving her in the barn....ALOT.And NOT giving her any fly repellent.
Ha, ha, ha......Puhleeez don't throw me in the briar patch! Don't threaten to leave her in the barn, she will break her hip on purpose!
JUGM, I don't blog. I've contemplated it, but I'm such a fiend about OPSEC, I've avoided the temptation. Yes, I have more than once wanted to do some pretty ugly things to people who mistreat animals. The Word says all creation has been groaning and travailing. I wish I could at least exempt the animals, but I take comfort that HE has a plan that is so good, I can't even imagine the scope of it.Sweet!
I'm glad I am smitten by chickens. They won't throw me, eat me out of house and home, break down fences.
No but they'll poop on your car and your porch, and they will try to eat all the other animals food if you don't keep them off. My chickens are the bane of my existence.
Aww thank you Harry :DI guess when it comes to horses, you either love them or hate them :) x
Pioneer Preppy is just into bees, that's all. ;-)I listened to Radio Australia last night, came in loud and clear. They were talking about some kind of election in Sept.