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Nose to the Ground Mother's Day 06 Issue
April 24, 2006
We've had unusually wet weather in early April. The horses, who really seem to enjoy the winter snows were not terribly happy with the rain and mud. But things are drying out and we're starting to get nice weather.
Gift Shop -
The wall clocks are back in stock. They were temporarily taken out of stock when defects were found in a recent shipment. The problem has since been resolved.
And it's not too early to start thinking about Father's Day The "Gifts for Him" Section has some possibilities.
Vacations on Horseback
As riding season approaches it's a good time to start planning. In fact, it may be a little late for horse and cattle drives. There are not many of them and participation is generally limited to 10 or 20 riders so you may have to wait until next year. It can be the same for some backcountry pack trips. The US Forest Service and other agencies often limit the size of a party to preserve trails, meadows and the like. So, plan in advance.
One of the features we've added - a page on what to bring. I keep adding to it although on a horse or cattle drive you'd want to travel light. Both my wife and I are great for bringing along "just in case" items so my list is to pick and choose from - unless you're bringing an extra pack horse.
A horse drive that I find intriguing takes place annually in Iceland. I'll admit the chances of my participating are rather small but next year we'll likely be paying a visit to Denmark where my wife Lone comes from and since Iceland is between here and there...... one never knows.
The message behind all of this? A vacation on horseback can be a wonderful gift, even though not something easily wrapped. You can really earn a "You Did GOOD!" with such a gift.
May Article -Installing a Ground Feeder in Four (or More) Easy Steps, or "Lars and the Giant Spittoon"
When I was a little guy there were spittoons in the lobbies of the local post office, the bank, the barber shop, and most certainly in the saloons and bars (unless they had sawdust on the floor). I don't know who cleaned them out, I can't imagine the postmaster or bank manager doing that but it was a small town so maybe they did.
Recently I purchased a ground feeder for the pasture so I could put in 2 or 3 bales of hay at a time, keeping the hay out of the mud, snow, or dust and dirt. The feeder resembles a giant spittoon. It's brown in color, not brass as a real spitton should be.
Step 1 - Place the feeder in the desired location and fill with hay.
Step 2 - If the feeder is moved simply put it back in the desired spot.
Step 2A - Repeat Step 2, but this time have a plan.
Lars came over to watch but not to help out. As I inched my way back to where the feeder belonged I remember what Xenophon taught. "Never get angry at the horse".
Step 3 - Some stakes/posts may be necessary to keep the feeder from being dragged about.
Step 4 - If all else fails make the feeder to heavy to move.
Next morning the feeder was still there. I had won! However the wire mesh was outside. It had been ripped off of the sack and the sack itself had a couple of corners chewed and was beginning to leak sand. A little later I saw Lars grab one end of the sack in his teeth and toss it a couple of feet into the air (told you he is strong). With some practice he'll probably get it out of the feeder.
Step 5 - ?
A ground feeder as a Mother's Day gift? I don't think so. If you do give your Mom one I'd like to be there when she sees it.
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