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Old 07-02-2014, 07:30 AM
 
Location: Logan Township, Minnesota
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An unwritten small town living rule:

Do not frown when Mrs McHatchett starts showing you the picture albums of the grand-kids.
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Old 07-02-2014, 01:28 PM
 
Location: UpstateNY
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Nor do you not go see the newborn calf when passing your neighbors. Ours put out a mylar balloon for each one, the 'it's a boy' or 'it's a girl' ones.
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Old 07-02-2014, 01:42 PM
 
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A newborn calf sure wouldn't attract attention where my farm was.
In dairy country a newborn calf is an everyday occurrence.

CC, you must live in the suburbs where calves are rare.
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Old 07-02-2014, 01:44 PM
 
Location: UpstateNY
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no, we live in a small rural town pop. 650, not many folks have cows. And the number of horse owners has gone down. ATV's are cheaper to feed, I guess.
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Old 07-02-2014, 01:48 PM
 
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You got that right !

They don't call horses " hay burners" for nothing.
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Old 07-02-2014, 01:51 PM
 
Location: UpstateNY
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Yeah, they're just pets now, no more riding for us. But, as pet parents, it's what we signed up for, so we accept our responsibility with grace and love.
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Old 07-09-2014, 12:55 PM
 
Location: somewhere in the woods
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Because the owner doesn't have to worry because of the dog that's sitting in the cab.


very true, I keep my husky in my front cab with the windows down, when I go into town.
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Old 07-09-2014, 04:47 PM
 
Location: Where the mountains touch the sky
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Yeah, they're just pets now, no more riding for us. But, as pet parents, it's what we signed up for, so we accept our responsibility with grace and love.
WOW!
We use our horses all the time as 4 wheelers can't follow where the cows go! Rough country, heavy timber and brush, swamps, rocks and slides, horses are still the best for us.
That and we use Belgian draft teams to haul hay and skid logs out of the forest for firewood and for sawing into lumber in our mill.

We have tried 4 wheelers, 3 wheelers, snow cats, tractors, skidders, and keep going back to horsees. Yeah they eat a lot of hay, but on our place they earn their keep.

Because we raise Scottish Highlander cattle, my father thought it would be fun to break a team as oxen, which worked pretty well.

The parade in the small town my parent's live in had a pretty poor 4th of July parade this year, so I told my father he should break his bull to drive and hook him to a cart for the parade.
That 4 foot spread of horns attached to a ton of shaggy bull should really perk up the exhibition

(Neither my father or the bull have agreed to this at this time )
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Old 07-14-2014, 12:16 PM
 
Location: UpstateNY
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OMG SilverTip, our neighbors raise the same breed! They also have two Belgians, a black and a palomino. Convince the bull to hitch up your Dad

We had a pair of Holstein oxen back in the day. Natural twins. Said to make better pulling teams if they are twins.

Dh can't ride anymore and I really don't have time, they need so much work. And you have to keep them working, otherwise you get into that spring breaking circle where they forget everything and have to be retrained each spring.

Gosh, I wish we were in FL already........
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Old 07-15-2014, 08:39 AM
 
Location: Londonderry, NH
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The best thing to do when you move to a small town is introduce yourself to the postmaster, the sheriff (local cops), the grocer, the hardware store owner and, if applicable, the preacher. Then show up for breakfast at the local diner for a couple of Saturdays in a row. Let people know you are there.

Then sit back and answer their questions politely. DO NOY MAKE SUGGESTIONS ON HOW TO IMPROVE THE PLACE! Eventually they will start the conversation and it will continue for as long as you stay.
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