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Ron

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Ronnie
Peever SD
USA

Posted - Nov 26 2014 :  05:01:06 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Yes! Common sense and good judgement out the window I say! Give me more animals!

Actually I do have my eye on another cow in the future! And more than likely a couple of sheep. No horse though. Went down that road and just never used him. Too bad also. It was a great working horse.

With a moo moo here and a moo moo there, here a moo, there a moo, everywhere a moo moo.
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farmlife

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Posted - Nov 26 2014 :  05:28:12 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
My mother-in-law keeps wanting to "give" us a horse. Here's her plan. They currently have 3 horses, which is apparently one too many for a retired person to take care of in the winter. (Apparently it is not too much for a busy family of 5 where both parents work, part time in my case.) They would like to "give" us one horse from September until April and then they want it back to have for the spring/summer months. Here's the catch. They want it back in perfect riding condition after we have worked with it all winter. It is a perfectly wonderful horse, but I already have two dogs that eat like horses and I ask you, what would a horse provide for my family? Hmmm. No horse for us. Milk cow instead.
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Ron

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Ronnie
Peever SD
USA

Posted - Nov 26 2014 :  05:31:46 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
You're kidding, right? I am speechless. Like board my horse in the winter for free.

With a moo moo here and a moo moo there, here a moo, there a moo, everywhere a moo moo.
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farmlife

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Posted - Nov 26 2014 :  11:42:34 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Exactly and pay all the vet bills when it hurts itself on the icy pasture, etc. I am more than willing to go the extra mile for my own adventures, but I say if you buy 3 horses, take care of them yourself. She doesn't understand why I don't want a "free" horse.
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Ron

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Ronnie
Peever SD
USA

Posted - Nov 26 2014 :  12:10:39 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Best way to approach it is smile"............ And of course let your husband explain it to His Mom. :)

With a moo moo here and a moo moo there, here a moo, there a moo, everywhere a moo moo.
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farmlife

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Posted - Nov 27 2014 :  9:13:22 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
It's actually his step mom, so I am doing exactly what you said. I step back and smile, and bite my tongue a lot.
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Ron

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Ronnie
Peever SD
USA

Posted - Nov 28 2014 :  04:29:23 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I guess that's the best approach. the un sung heroes! Them that hold their tongue for the sake of family harmony. You are a jewel for sure.

But thank you keep your free horse! :)

With a moo moo here and a moo moo there, here a moo, there a moo, everywhere a moo moo.

Edited by - Ron on Nov 28 2014 04:30:08 AM
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CloversMum

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Posted - Nov 28 2014 :  7:25:12 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I like what MaryJane said...we are definitely in the mode of still "dating" different animals...although as we encourage our children to only "date with a purpose" that is also what we are trying to do with our farm animals. At the moment, I need to concentrate on my Clover and my goats. I love all of them and they do give me great joy. I liked your perspective, Keeley, about the animals still giving us joy and not just work. We also have gotten many different kinds of chickens...I too know what varieties I prefer and I wouldn't have known beforehand. But I also know that I like to see a variety of kinds of chickens...different colors and feathers running about.

So, I'm not ruling out sheep completely, but just postponing it right now.

Loving life and family on our Idaho farm, Meadowlark Heritage Farm; 1 Jersey cow; 1 Guernsey cow; 1 Guernsey steer calf; Oberhasli & Guernsey goats, ducks and chickens
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Ron

4666 Posts
Ronnie
Peever SD
USA

Posted - Nov 29 2014 :  06:23:19 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Baaaaaaaa

With a moo moo here and a moo moo there, here a moo, there a moo, everywhere a moo moo.
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farmlife

1413 Posts


Posted - Nov 29 2014 :  09:25:06 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I agree about the chickens, Charlene. I will always have a mixed flock, but there are certain breeds I won't purposely add in again. There are others that I would really like to try still. (Dating with purpose again.) If you like spinning wool then it seems like a lot of your infrastructure for goats would work for sheep as well. Think it over and see what your life looks like after September 4th and then decide.
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CloversMum

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Posted - Nov 29 2014 :  9:57:11 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Great...with you and Ron "baaaing" at me...I can only imagine what is in store for me after next September! And, I do think our set up with goats could work with sheep...only that I need way more pasture fenced in for my goats. Cows are so much easier on fences! Or at least the fences are simpler for the cows. But each animal must serve a purpose here on our farm...they need to contribute in some manner, preferably feeding our family in some way.

Loving life and family on our Idaho farm, Meadowlark Heritage Farm; 1 Jersey cow; 1 Guernsey cow; 1 Guernsey steer calf; Oberhasli & Guernsey goats, ducks and chickens
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