End of the World as we Know it
I was just thinking, as I have a penchant to do now and then, that if the world, as we know it, ended and there was no electricity, no technology that worked, no more gas or cars, etc that we'd be okay and still get around because we have horses and we know how to ride them. :wink: And train them.
Just for the heck of it, what other skills do you have that would benefit you in such a world? I can spin, weave and sew by hand. I know how to grow food, both vegetable wise and meat wise. I know how to build a shelter and a fire. I have horses for transportation, a dog to flush out game, a cat to cuddle with for warmth. I can accurately shoot a bow and arrow (and would definitely get better when my survival depends on it!). I can amuse myself and others with guitar, singing, and stories.
I can hunt and dress my prey, I know how to preserve meat. I've seen leather being worked/tanned though I've never tried it myself. Like you, I can grow vegetables and some fruits (those that my climate permits anyway). I can recognize the local edible flora and those plants that are poisonous. I have decent enough first aid training that I can do stitches myself and set minor bone breaks.
Also, even though the closest lake is several miles away and I don't really like fish, I know how to catch, clean, and preserve them as well.
One thing that I think most folks don't ever really think about though...means of self defense. If civilization collapses, there will be a lot of folks running around looting and stealing and trying to take whatever they want. If you can't fight off the folks that come to steal your food, weapons, horses, etc, then you won't survive long no matter how well you can hunt or gather.
I love hearing how independent people operate, specially us horsey ones!
I have my horses for transportation. (Or food)
I can grow and preserve food. I also have plenty on hand.
I have medicine, trade goods, and other "supplies".
I can hunt, trap, snare, and fish with the best of them.
I have three dogs, 400 lbs combined, for security. And they know their job well...
I raise bees for their honey and its medicinal value.
I know first aid, splinting, etc...
I know the land, it's bounty, and how to utilize it.
I raise chickens for eggs and meat, and am getting my operation set up to be able to feed them sustainably.
I also live out in the middle of nowhere surrounded by like minded people. So come hell or high water (I live on a mountain lol) anyone with ill intentions would be hard pressed to make it this far...
And to top it off I can and will do anything necessary to protect my family.
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I can talk a man into doing all the things I would need to survive.:wink:
I figure it would take a couple of months for all the city folks to fight each other, then more months to walk all the way out to where I live and by then winter would have set in and they'd freeze cuz we all know that city folks don't know how to deal with real cold. :lol:
To be serious though, yes there would be that new danger, of desperate people or just mean people trying to take what others have.
You really would need to have the guts to kill another human being because once the supermarket shelves ran empty all social niceties would be gone, and some didn't have any to start with!!
I think everyone had better head out to the back field to see what old horse powered equipment is knocking about - it would be needed for tillage, harvesting, haying, etc. Draft horses will be back in a big way.
Oh yeah!!! I didn't even think about that! I also know how to farm with horse drawn equipment and I know how to handle/train plow horses.
And I already own a broke team of drafties...so I'm one ahead of most folks LOL.
I know how to hunt and dress animals.
I know how to farm
I know how to drive a horse and train one to pull (even though its been quite a while since I have done so)
I know which plants are edible around here
I live right beside a major river
I know how to cook over a woodstove
We own a woodstove in the house
I know human first aid for the most part(I did LPN classes)
I live in the middle of no where with few people around me, who mainly grew up this way anyway
I know natural remedies (essential oils and what they benefit)
I know how to sew,knit, and crochet
My neighbor has sheep that she uses the wool for spinning
We have beef cattle
I know how to shoot a gun, and well :wink:
Guys don't forget about friends and family...
The more hands the better.
We used to laugh with friends about them buying motorcycles to be able to get here if crud hit the fan... They just bought a ninja.
We are farmers not "preppers", but If I didn't live this way I'd have to go get a real job... LOL!
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