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        08-03-2013, 11:19 AM
      #12081
    Green Broke
    Good luck with the grass growing on your property. Is it possible to treat your friends property for ticks? Do you have access to fowl there like chickens and Guineas to eradicate the ticks and fleas? Between our ducks, chickens and geese we have not had any issues with fleas or ticks even with all the tall grass and weeds from all the rain as well as lack of mower. I'm borrowing my old Snapper ride on mower from the church tomorrow. I donated it to them when I got the Scott's( John Deere) one that was much bigger.
         
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        08-03-2013, 11:50 AM
      #12082
    Trained
    Guineas or chickens in the yard will help keep the ticks down for sure.
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        08-03-2013, 02:10 PM
      #12083
    Yearling
    Back on the grid.

    Not horse-related, but an update none the less...

    After a week of motorcycling in the Yukon and into Alaska, we are finally back to civilization. Although it was an ambitious trip (over 6000 km in 7 days), but we also saw some amazing sights. Dawson City truly is the "land of the midnight sun". We rode into Alaska from Dawson over the Top of the World Highway. It feels like you are on the top of the world as you can see out for what seems like forever in all directions. I have never felt so small and insignificant in such a vast and wild place. The bears, caribou, moose, mountain sheep, mountain goats and wild buffalo all added to the ambiance.

    We also rode up the Dempster Highway a ways to Tombstone National Park to see where the forest gives way to the sub-arctic tundra. The view was beyond spectacular. Had we not left all of our belongings at the campsite in Dawson, I would have liked to continue to the Arctic Circle.

    Once my butt recovers from being in the saddle for 7 days straight, I will sit down and catch up on what is going on in the thread and post some pictures. I hope everyone had a great week!
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        08-03-2013, 02:13 PM
      #12084
    Green Broke
    Glad you had a great time ,minus the numb buttocks. Lol

    Can't wait to see some pics of the trip...
         
        08-03-2013, 03:21 PM
      #12085
    Yearling
    Here are a few pics of our Yukon trip.

    Me and my trusty steed entering the Yukon.



    The Top of the World






    Tombstone National Park up the Dempster Highway






    More eye candy along the Alaska Highway



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        08-03-2013, 03:34 PM
      #12086
    Yearling
    A couple more...

    Whitehorse, Yukon


    Downtown Whitehorse at midnight



    Downtown Dawson City


    The Yukon River Paddlewheeler


    Dawson after midnight


    And a little local poetry...

    There are strange things done 'neath the midnight sun
    By the men who moil for gold...

    From the Creation of Sam McGee by Robert Service
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        08-03-2013, 03:34 PM
      #12087
    Green Broke
    Those are beautiful scenes. Thank you for sharing. WOW!!
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        08-03-2013, 03:36 PM
      #12088
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Roadyy    
    Those are beautiful scenes. Thank you for sharing. WOW!!
    You are welcome. Pictures cannot even come close to capturing how beautiful it is.
         
        08-03-2013, 04:32 PM
      #12089
    Started
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    Originally Posted by Roadyy    
    Good luck with the grass growing on your property. Is it possible to treat your friends property for ticks? Do you have access to fowl there like chickens and Guineas to eradicate the ticks and fleas? Between our ducks, chickens and geese we have not had any issues with fleas or ticks even with all the tall grass and weeds from all the rain as well as lack of mower. I'm borrowing my old Snapper ride on mower from the church tomorrow. I donated it to them when I got the Scott's( John Deere) one that was much bigger.

    Chickens is a good idea, would need a few of them. The paddock is a roadside paddock and a roadside gate We keep it chained so as to discourage those that want things for free.

    Rick, no spray for ticks and one of the problems is the grass was a little high so the horses are easely infected. We want rain which washes off any lotion I put on the horse to discourage the ticks. All this because we are having bad growing conditions at my place.

    Our lifestyle block is only 5 acres but had good feed growth. I had two steers 9 sheep plus Savannah my first horse. We got rid of one of the steers and added Patches to the mix and the sheep numbers dwindled down to 5 in the winter with the lambs from that 5 going into the freezer. In the summer had to top the paddocks to keep the grass length down. Small acreage but high grass yeld.

    Now after so many years of summer drought conditions I can hardly feed one horse and 3 sheep. I should be able to feed 2 horses at the least and have to top. Grass growth in this reagon was around a 15 day turnaround now its months. The world she is changing.

    Can't use the chickens we would need an awful lot and its not my property. But I am going to put the idea forward
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        08-03-2013, 06:50 PM
      #12090
    Foal
    Still lurking.

    Koolio - I'm very jealous of your trip.
         

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