Help! I'm out of ideas...
I don't know what to do!!!
I live on 21 acres w/2 horses. My neighbors live on 50 acres with 2 cats...and 3 teenage boys but no large animals. They are very wealthy (and very stupid). (how does that work out, go figure???)
Anyway, we (as well as a number of other neighbors- mind you that where I live used to be a 3-thousand acre working farm during the civil war and was later (within the last 15 or so years) divided into 60 parcels - so this is all farm land (rolling hills, river, pastures, woods, creeks, etc). It is prime farming land...
-my neighbors know nothing about the country and/or farming or keeping animals.
-a friend of mine (who is wonderful, and a top-notch farrier) offered to come and cut hay (he is getting into the hay business in addition to shoeing)
-He offered to come and cut the fields, put herbicide down, fertilize, and maintain all of the fields.
- In return, he takes the hay and sells it for a profit... DUH.
-he asked if he could come and cut (I said abolutely but)...
-First, my neighbors asked him how much he would pay them for it (even though they have somebody now to pay to have the fields bush-hogged every few weeks????!!!
-they don't realize what a favor he is doing for all of us. !
-he was going to come and put herbicide down but she (neighbor)stopped him and said she was having a party (which she never had) and she didn't want him to come for a few more weeks just because she had people coming.
(mind you, he's doing us all a favor by taking care of our land - and when he cut last year, I have never seen the fields look so good).
-He gives me all of the hay I need for my 2 horses (which isn't that much since they have lots of pasture) and takes the rest to sell.
-Now, he is not so happy and because she (neighbor) wouldn't let him put the herbicide down and wait until now to cut, the hay isn't nearly as good (which sucks for me, him, and his customers - not to mention how ****ty the fields look because they aren't cut - which are also making the gnats and mosquitoes and flies really bad for my horses.
-My neighbors don't get it that they aren't the only people in this world .
-What can I tell them or how can I persuade or inform them that this is really beneficial to THEM. ???
I am trying to figure out a way to get it through my neighbors' thick skulls that this is a benefit to them - they are the most self-centered people I have ever met and some of the dumbest people I've ever met...
WHAT DO I DO???? Other than just going mad!!!
How much of that land do you actually own, and how much do your neighbors own?
If most of the land belongs to the neighbors and they don't want to let your farrier have the hay for free or care for the fields, there's not a whole lot any of you can do about it.
I really don't see the issue. If the neighbors don't want him cutting their portion of the fields, then he doesn't cut them. Surely there's enough acreage left to make it worthwhile for your farrier.
Oh, and ranting about how STUPID and IGNORANT your neighbors are doesn't give me any warm fuzzies about you, either.
Maybe they see you profiting by the hay farming (you get free hay out of the deal) and they think with more than twice as much acreage as you have they should benefit more than twice as much.
Maybe the wife is dragging her feet because she feels pressure to go along with everyone else, but she really doesn't want to participate any more (given your hostility for her delaying things a couple of weeks, imagine what she would have to face if she flat out barred the farrier from her property - which she has every right to do).
I get how frustrating this is for you, and it sure would be great if they would let the farrier farm their lands - especially if that would cut down on the bugs.
Your chances of convincing them to go along with the hay farming would be better if you could kill the hostility and condescension (they may be ignorant about country living, but they are unlikely as stupid as you think they are). Maybe, hat in hand and bringing them a big plate of brownies, you could ask them to help you out, by letting the farrier do his farming. Point out the increased bugs when the work isn't done and any other benefits to you you can think of and appeal to their better natures. Of course, before you do that you'll have to believe they have better natures :wink:.
I sort of agree with AlmostThere - people are like horses, the more you push them the more they push back - by far it would be better to have them change their point of view than you trying to force them .
What you could do is arrange the farmer to cut and bale your field, and then knowing that your fields are looking at their best have a BBQ , invite all the neighbors ( especially those who agree with you ) and have them comment to each other how pleasant it is with no bugs and how good your fields look. Make sure that they understand that the party was arranged around the farmers schedule not yours as that is best for all.
If your neighbors are really that stubborn remember your Parelli training - first ask nicely ( pleasant surroundings and BBQ ), then prod a little , if nothing else works and they really are that bad - find out when they ARE having a party and make sure the farmer does his work in the middle of it - when they complain, explain to them that all they have to do is talk nicely to the farmer and try to work to his schedule then things would be best all round.
I see so many 'city' people buying up land these days and they haven't a clue how to use it. It is just a novelty to them. I hate to see that happen, but thats just the way it is. I think you will just have to explain to them the reasons for why things need to be done at a certain time so they will understand while delaying this is a problem. I like the idea of taking them some brownies too :wink:
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