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Labor Day 2017
September 4, 2017, 11:18 pm
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howdygang

September 4, 2017

Walking on the flat ground, without my cane. My grandson was concerned that I didn’t have the cane. He has been a great watch dog for me. My knee is healing and I am working on strengthening the new stainless joint. Our horses greeted my grandson and I not caring in the least about my plight, but looking for love.

Today, I watched from my truck as my buddy Ken, planted our speltz crop. It is a little earlier than usual, but still right on time. He finished right at dark, just ahead of much needed rain! Whew, what a great day!

As most of the country relaxed from their labor, many folks worked. Policemen, firemen, doctors nurses and factory workers in some places, labored on, in spite of the holiday. My friend was no different. I am grateful to him as well as the safety folks who work on tirelessly, holiday or not. Perhaps that is why the call it “Labor Day”?

In any case, it was a great day. The only work remaining is to cut and split a little more wood for the sugarhouse, clean and lubricate the farm equipment to put them away for winter and lastly, plow a few acres for next spring. Summer is over as signified by the calendar. Hopefully, autumn will cooperate along with my new knee, so that I can labor soon, much to my delight.



Abby On The Grow

abby-first-day

December 13, 2016

We bought Abby this year in April. She has fit in very well. Her training continues and will continue for at least another year. I still have to remind her now and then that I am the boss, but she learns quickly. She has come to understand that I will win every argument without violence, but I will win.

Tonight, as I finished chores, I snapped this picture below. Yes, that is Abby on the left. She is growing well and quickly, like most youngsters.

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All horses turn a year older on January first, so Abby will be considered a three-year old. She will get to do meaningful work by spring. This winter, she will pull a sled and a wagon, as we do redundant training. She will stop, she will turn, she will stand and wait. She will go when asked and learn to pull steadily and consistently. The geldings will teach her as much, perhaps even more, than I will.

She is a special lady who pleases me very much. She is strong willed, yet lets me be in charge. She is steady and calm. She is trusting and friendly. She is graceful when she moves. She is my little girl and I think she is beautiful. Soon, she will fill her role as a team member and be an important power source for the farm. For now, her training continues while she learns and grows.



What a Show
4-horse hitch on a powercart and round baler

4-horse hitch on a powercart and round baler

July 8, 2015

As I was looking through my photos of this year’s Horse Progress Days, I came upon this one of these Percheron horses. I am partial to this breed and especially the black ones. This photo illustrates why.

Percheron horses come in a few colors. The black ones are born black and stay that way. The dapple gray ones are born black, but kind of a mousey color. They start to turn gray as they age, the dapples look beautiful by the time the horses are four or five, but then slowly fade to pure white. I have owned them in all colors, but like the black ones best.

The breed was once America’s favorite, but after World War II and the resurgence of the draft horse, the Belgian horse now dominates the heavy horse world here in the states. Draft horses and draft breeds all have their fans. Liking one over anotherĀ is a personal preference. One thing for sure, once you get hooked on them…the love affair runs deep!