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post #1 of 13 Old 02-11-2009, 07:14 PM Thread Starter
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Jobless Woman Looks For Work On Horseback - News Story - WFTV Orlando

Jobless Woman Looks For Work On Horseback

Wednesday, February 11, 2009 – updated: 12:01 pm EST February 11, 2009
RIVERVIEW, Fla. -- A Florida woman says she's just a cowgirl looking for work.
Donna Byrne is making her way from Hillsborough County to an Ocala horse auction on horseback. The 44-year-old woman says she lost her job and her house, but she won't lose her two horses, Tonto and Jay.
Byrne is riding Tonto and loaded Jay with about 100 pounds of clothes, blankets and a tent. Their little caravan covers about 10 to 15 miles a day. Byrne says the horses have spooked a little along the highway but otherwise are keeping their heads.
She hopes to find a few days' work in Ocala before heading to Texas to look for ranch work. She was tending cattle in Arcadia until the operation shut down a few months ago.
Byrne expects the journey to Ocala to take about two weeks.
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post #2 of 13 Old 02-11-2009, 07:38 PM
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Hey ya gotta do what ya gotta do! More power to her, I hope she's successful!
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Well done for her!!

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She is going to ride to Texas as well?? How far is that??
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post #5 of 13 Old 02-12-2009, 12:50 PM
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That's just wrong and selfish. She's not worried about her horses at all, and she shouldn't be riding them on the highway. A guy just lost 2 of his 4 horses because he was trying to drive them across the country and got hit by an 18 wheeler. There's no reason to take that sort of risk. If she can't get a job in Florida, she won't be able to get one in Texas, either.
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I realize there are risks involved, and from the article I read on this, it sounds like she is taking back roads. Still though, I much rather see her trecking with her horses than selling them at an auction and living on the streets not taking any action.

More power to her.
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post #7 of 13 Old 02-12-2009, 01:34 PM
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I have a bad feeling that she probably wont make it? Things arn't like they were back when. There are quite a few places that I wouldn't want to drive through with an armored tank, much less ride a horse through. What is she doing for food for herself and the horses, and water?

I think she's more likely to get her horses stolen or attacked by some loose dog than make it the full way to Texas.

More power to her I guess?
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hope she's packin iron


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post #9 of 13 Old 02-12-2009, 03:59 PM
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Lucara, that is a very good point. How is she feeding herself and the horses???
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post #10 of 13 Old 02-12-2009, 05:34 PM
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I think that with the attention she's getting, she's probably relying on people she meets along the way. I know I read she brought grain with her, but obviously that will run out.

I guess you could fault her for that or not.
I hope the best for them
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