Changes along with the Weather
March 28, 2020, 10:58 am
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March 28, 2020

Last night after chores, I took the mares for a walk through the woods. The mare on the left will foal in the coming weeks. I like to keep her exercised daily. These quiet walks are good for us all.

As we all face many changes due to the COVID-19 virus, quiet time, alone is good for us all. We are going through many changes here on the farm as well. My black Percheron horses are making their ways to new homes. It is a tough thing for me, but I see much opportunity in our change to the endangered Suffolk breed.

These horses continue to please me. I am excited to start the farm year with them. They will pick up where the blacks left off, after maternity leave of course!


Our Percheron mare Abby has gone off to “finishing school”. I have a friend in the nearby Amish community who also has a single black mare for sale. They look very nice together. We will get them all worked down and dolled up to show off all of their best traits, then put them in a draft horse sale in Topeka Indiana. The sale is scheduled for June. Abby will be headed there, unless I sell her private before then.

Today, the rain is sure making things wet. It started raining last night at dark and is still falling steady. It is supposed to continue all day. Perhaps it is just a preview of our normal April showers? Let’s pray we have a good planting season and normal growing season. We are due, but we know who is in control. We will plan, prepare and be ready to go once the time has come.

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Continued good luck on the transition to the Suffolks. Sometimes farmers get a “bad rap” for resisting change or perhaps even being “reactionary”. I would rather believe in the old saying that my Dad used to spread father thickly: “If it’s not broke; quit trying to fix it.” Your transition was obviously well thought through and you understand the stretched heartstrings. Godspeed and Drive That Team.

Comment by Rick Ward

Thank you. Yes, the decision was taking very seriously and made after several considerations. Once we decided to go that direction, all the stars lined up, making me sure we had some “Devine” help!

Comment by ricelandmeadows

Please reconsider sending Abby to an auction. Even if she sells to a good home, you will have no idea what will happen to her after her usefulness is done or if she would be injured & unable to work. I follow many of the largest livestock/kill pens in the US. There are way too many starved, broke down, abused work horses daily. It is heartbreaking to see these gentle giants used to nothing then thrown away. Also, Canada exports tens of thousands of US draft horses to Japan to be eaten as a form of sushi. They are flown live in cramped wooden crates with many times no food/water for days. Some die in transit. They are then kept in concrete feed lots tied up, infested with flys & maggots till fattened for the sushi meat. Google Canada draft horses flying to Japan. The auction pens are Bowie, Lonestar, Lancaster, Kansas, Oklahoma kill pens to name some of the bigger ones. Their buyers go all across the country buying at the smaller auctions then transport to these large pens near the Mexico border for transport to the slaughter plants there. It is never a good system for any horse to get caught up in. Disease is rampant. Strangles. If you can sell her local where you can keep tabs on her, that would be the best outcome.

Comment by Jacklyn Krysa

I will make every effort to find Abby a great home. She is for sale and would make a great horse to pull your buggy.
I agree with some of what you say. I won’t debate horse slaughter, but I will offer my opinion. I feel that slaughter plants should be available in each state and monitored by federal inspection. This would help alleviate some of the concerns that you describe. I personally don’t want to eat horse meat, but I don’t see anything wrong with those who do. Many Europeans, as well as people all over the world,eat this meat and have for years. Horses are, after all, livestock.
Your concern for misused and abused horses is admirable, but just as dogs, cats and other animals, the “owners” are the problem. Let’s look at that problem more seriously. Goddard’s law may help as long as well meaning people don’t twist the law and make it over reaching. Thank you for your comments. I will update you and all readers of my BLOG as to Abby’s next home. Be assured that I will make every effort to find her the best home possible.

Comment by ricelandmeadows

Responsible ownership of livestock goes far beyond feeding and housing and grooming the animals. Decisions must be made that speak to the welfare of individual livestock and the overall sustainability of the herd. While slaughter of horses is not something that I favor; it is in some cultures. It could be a viable solution to overcrowding and misuse of the livestock.

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