At my own pace
“Well, this team here is easy to drive… Ike and Stan. I bought them in Montana from a guy who had a stroke and his wife thought it was dangerous for him to hitch them. After we made the deal the guy and his wife went to tell them goodbye, he slapped them on the butt, they jumped in the trailer and he had tears in his eyes. Our kids said something like…” we can’t take them, he’s sad and they belong here”
This guy had two pages written about each horse, things like how to talk to Ike, because he was younger and a little hard headed. Stan, you could hurt his feelings if you yelled at him… Who was to be on what side and so on. We knew it was hard for him to sell them, but after the stroke, he just couldn’t drive them safely anymore.
I think I really connected with that guy; he had trained these two horses to be patient and work with his disabilities from his stroke. The horses would be so still while he hitched them up one at a time. I was still using a cane at that time and was dealing with more problems than I am now. Anyway, I think that guy and those horses could tell.
I got the horses stepping over the tongue and they stand just perfect now. The guy did a very outstanding job training these horses. This is the third winter we’ve had them and they are 7 and 8 years old. We take them out to feed cows every morning. I am more comfortable feeding with a team than using a tractor. I’m just not mechanical and if a tractor broke down or got stuck, I wouldn’t be able to take care of it. This team hauls 4 ton of hay every morning and they never get stuck and they always start in the morning. I can do this at my own pace.”