- September 21, 2008 at 11:49 pm #39798PlowboyParticipant
We just got done with our 13th annual silo fill in Central N.Y.. With a little help from some teamsters from a 50 mile radius we nearly filled it. If we didn’t have alot of trouble with one binder we might have suceeded. We had 14 teams working on Saturday and 18 on Sunday. Friends and families worked together, some old friends and some newcomers made new friends in the local draft animal community. Even with the binder trouble our 3 yr old filly came along way as the third horse on the binder. She starts,Stops,turns beautifully both ways sidsteppping perfectly and she definately learned to stand while I was working on the binder. My wife also got some good line time with our gray mares hauling corn by herself. We had 7 of our own horses hooked today. Our whole family was home this year including my brother from Kansas City. We are all exhausted but fulfilled from getting alot done and spending the weekend with so many great friends. It’s our biggest event of the year. Our plow weekend attracts alot of teams but the whole family can come along to the silo fill even the little one’s that are just along for the ride.
Life is good and the weather is favorable to finish haying this week!September 27, 2008 at 11:47 pm #47419becorsonParticipant
congratulations on a job well done and a wonderful community effort, Plowboy.
Here’s to community building! seems to me that this forum is a good tool for that.September 28, 2008 at 9:44 pm #47418PlowboyParticipant
We have a strong local draft horse community hear which we are thankfull for. We have had as many as 24 teams working at our events but we see the culture slipping away. At 30 I’m the youngest active teamster in the area. We have some young people that enjoy it but if they don’t stick with it through the teen years they lose track of the draft animal world. Horse prices at an all time low and feed prices higher than ever doesn’t help the business. Those that are in it can’t afford to operate and those that would like to be in it can’t afford the feed if they could afford the horses. Good horses can be got for free but unless they work to earn their keep who can afford to keep them with feed costs as high as they are? It’s a sad state of affairs we’re in right now. Just looked at three free draft horses today for a friend, good stock but if we don’t find them a good home who knows where they might end up. Meanwhile we’re trying to keep the community and culture alive in our area with a faint hope things might turn around someday.
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