When you live on a farm in the south most things depend on the weather and what is ripe. Well, the other day we were all ready to go look at a couple of Arabian mares that were available for trade. There have been plenty of horses for free around here the last year especially since the drought. Often we will get them and train them and then trade or sell them. But Arabians we would love to get to keep. Well, we were all ready to go when our favorite neighbor calls to see if we can help him get some hay up. We are always on call to help him with anything. For one reason he is elderly and it is right to help your neighbors. For 2 he is the smartest farmer we have ever met and he has a wealth of wisdom he will share with anyone who is willing to learn. And we are eager to learn. He is in his late 80’s and his wisdom is worth more than a college degree and besides he is a really neat guy and we love him. So we dropped our plans and instead of looking at Arabian horses we looked at this. Hay. Fortunately I was the one who got to drive the tractor and the strong youngins behind me were loading and stacking hundreds of bales of hay on the hay wagon we were pulling. There is no prettier site to a TN farmer the year after a drought that this.
We eventually got to go see the horses. They were very sweet but looked like they might be “hard keepers” meaning high maintenance and we realy hadn’t made up our mind on that yet. Who knows if they have ever been ridden but Beau and Georgia of course jumped right on. A horse can sense if a rider has fear and will respond, but if you are a sure rider they draw off of your confidence and feel secure. They felt very secure.