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The time has come, I Need Farm Help
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Judy    Posted 07-24-2002 at 08:24:22       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I hope that this sort of post is ok on this board. If not, please, just erase it, and accept my apologies.

We have a little miniature horse farm (45 acres and 50 head of minis -minis are 34" and under)in North Florida, just south of Thomasville, Ga.. We've been raising mini horses for about 16 years, and for the most part, I just love this farm life. This has been one of "those years". I think we all have them from time to time. But, this year has gotten my attention! Sometime back, my husband had lung cancer and ended up having one lung removed. We are so fortunate. So far, his cancer has not returned. He does pretty well, drives to work every day, but needs to stay away from the dust, critters, etc. Quite unexpectedly, last month I had Gall Bladder surgery, also, some complications. It was our great, good luck that my adult son happened to be available to look after things while I was ill and recovering. It did make me think, though. Who would have fed the livestock, if he hadn't been there??? Scarey thought, for me. Although, I hate to admit it, I need help! I've given it a good bit of thought, and would like to find a single or couple, possibly with a retirement, or small income, to help with chores on the farm. Routine chores would not preclude outside employment, if desired. We have a nice 2 BR/2 BA mobile available, that we lived in while our home was being built. Must be honest, drug free, sober, cheerful, clean and able to supply references. Also, would prefer if the person/persons have some experience with horses, but would consider teaching an eager learner. If interested, please reply, and we can see if this might work for both of us! Don't mean to brag, but we are nice folks, and easy to get along with. If anyone happens to know of such a person who might be interested in this sort of arrangement, I'd appreciate it if you'd be so kind as to forward the information to them. Many thanks! Kindest Regards, Judy

Ludwig    Posted 07-25-2002 at 10:13:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
I tell you I'm some tempted....

But its to danged warm and you don't get no snow. What kinda place is it that don't get no snow? Where'm I gonna ride my snowsled? I work all summer and get the snowsled running and then no snow here is a tragedy, if I move south thats just silly.

Besides, it'd be an awful long haul for my wife's folks to go visit, and I don't know as she could handle that.

Keep at it though, theres got to be more like me around somewhere, and maybe some of them don't have snowsleds.

Judy    Posted 07-25-2002 at 16:12:32       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Awww Ludwig, north Florida is a whole lot different than down south. Just ask Mudcat, it's really pretty up this way. Just this morning, I looked over my back pasture, and saw the biggest buck deer---he had some major antlers! Our winters aren't so cold as to make you dread going out to feed the critters, but cold enough for me to keep a fire in the fireplace, if I want. Hmm, about your snow sled, maybe we could rig up some wheels, and there you'd go! BTW, these little mini horses can pull carts, and we could fix you and Mrs Ludwig up with a nice little driving horse and an easy entry cart! (I must admit, the best we can do about snow is some flurries now and again) About your inlaws, who knows---after a visit or two down this way--they'd probably follow you and the missus down to live! Well, it's a thought! Thanks for giving it a couple minutes consideration! ;o) Kindest Regards, Judy

buck    Posted 07-24-2002 at 17:58:05       [Reply]  [No Email]

A few years ago my daughter and SIL were living in an apartment in a college town and had good jobs. They were looking for something a little way from town and answered an add for an apartment for rent on a horse farm. Deal was that the rent was low but had to take care of six horses and two hunting dogs.Turns out the appartment was part of a horse stable with the dogs quarters also attached. They learned a lot there and got a good experience at a different kind of life. After two years they came away horse owners and are now starting to raise cattle. I just mention this so that you may have an idea of a different approach to having some help around. Wasn't long ago that someone on this board was looking for a situation such as yours so they could have a place to live and learn. Hey have a good one and I hope things work out. I sure do admire your efforts.

Judy    Posted 07-24-2002 at 20:41:34       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hi Buck, That's a great idea. We are about 35 or so minutes from FSU, so it may be of interest to students, or even staff. I'll try an ad in the Tallahassee paper. It just takes the one right person to see an ad. The reason that I decided to try this board is that it seems to attract good folks-- gentle people that don't seem to be on some of the other country life boards. I'll see what happens, and if no one minds, I may mention it again in a few weeks if we get no suitable replies. Kindest Regards, Judy

Mudcat49    Posted 07-24-2002 at 14:22:21       [Reply]  [Send Email]
RU in Madison? That is some beautiful country!
I am way down south on Lake Okeechobee. I used to go up your way every summer to harvest sweet corn near Thomasville. I love it up there, still in Florida but it is a different world than what we have down south.

Judy    Posted 07-24-2002 at 15:32:18       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Mudcat, We're in Jefferson Co., just next door. You're right, it's like you've gone back 40 years in time up here! It's beautiful. We have deer in the pastures every day or so! Our woods is full of wild turkeys. We moved up here from New Port Richey (n. of Clearwater) several years ago, and what a difference. It's ok, but, I wouldn't go back to the concrete jungle, and bumper to bumper traffic for anything! Come up when you can!

Dennis    Posted 07-24-2002 at 08:28:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
Maybe you could contact the local FFA or 4H and see if they can help you.
Good luck and we will pray for you

Judy    Posted 07-24-2002 at 15:20:39       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I've tried to get teens to help out from time to time, but if it's a job where they have to break a sweat, they sort of remember somewhere else that they promised to be! :o) In all fairness, I did have a big ole boy that helped out when we moved, he truly was "The Energizer Bunny"!! I was glad to have him, and paid him well. I'd love to be able to get him again, but he quit school and got a "real job"! Thanks for the kind thoughts!

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