whats the hardest thing ..about having your own farm
For me I would have to say " having to
be the one with all the answers" At a bording facility there is ALWAYS someone there that knows exactly what to do in an emergency, or to tell you that you have done the right thing...but at home you have to decide for yourself , and that leaves me second guessing . What do you hate about having your own farm?
the most thing i hate about owning my own farm is doing every thing on my own....my 16 year old rather watch t.v and my husband works most nights as a corrections officer and the 2 little ones are way to young to be out helping around horses....thank ogd i have no boarders right now so it's just easier to take care of 4 horses, a calf, 4 pigs and some chickens
Not being able to freely "take off" on a day trip or vacation, or anything really - not even when family calls and says "Hey, we are all meeting for dinner, why don't you join us?" Well - we probably won't join you, at least not in a timely fashion, because your scheduled dinner falls precisely during the time we are doing evening chores. We do all of the work at our facility ourselves (there are only the two of us), and it is very hard to find people who can be trusted to take care of 13+ boarded horses as well as we take care of them ourselves. Since we aren't willing to risk it, we just don't go. We are lucky right now, in the sense that we have two couples boarding with us now whom we'd trust with the horses. Granted, NOBODY cleans stalls to our liking except us (I should start a thread on here: how do you effectively clean a horse's stall?). However, the issue then becomes "Okay, we have to pay for the vacation ANNNNDDDD probably just as much, if not more, to employ good, dependable, trustworhty people."
Not having the money for your own farm equipment. We have about 6-7acres of hay field and we have someone come out and cut it and bale it (at a cost) , but cheaper than the equipment needed. We then have to hook up my husbands 12ft. trailer and stack the bales on it and take it back to the barn and unload it. What a pain and boy a workout. Our paddock where the horses are in is full of mud/crap and cant get it cleaned out because we need a tractor/bucket. Most of the farmers around are too busy with their own life to help. Not knowing how to put electric fencing up myself. We took 1/2 of our hay field and set up an area for our horses but none of us really know what we're doing. My husband could care less about my horse life and tries to stay away from it as much as he can. We dont live on the farm, its owned by his mom. Not like I can go out and just do what I want. Sucks. But we do get by and can only dream of the things we could do better with equipment.
I am very, very lucky.
There is nothing hard about having my horses at home.
Everything about the arrangement here is infinitely preferable to boarding or leasing a facility.
I guess sometimes I'm doing farm work instead of riding, but honestly, that was true when I was running someone else barn too, so at least now I'm working for me.
I agree w/ leonalee. . . .scheduling "away time" can be a bit tricky. Where I live, wintertime chores are periodically an adventure, as well! But, I wouldn't trade it for boarding!
We don't own horses (yet) but have about 20 chickens so I agree with away time but we just enjoy hanging out at home.
We're down to just a few chickens, the 4 horses, 5 dogs and an ever changing population of barn cats. I've cut my garden down by more then half.
I have to agree with everyone else about the "getting away". It's also tough keep up the older we get. We like to keep our horses ridden. Every morning starts with a ride, weather permitting. Many times that's it for the day :wink::lol: I'm wore out.
My father in law is terminally ill and a 2 hour drive away. My husband goes, just about every weekend, to visit with him for the day while I stay home to do chores. I finally made it to see him this last weekend but it was a rush trip.
I love the country life and hope to stay here forever, but I can see a future where our own old age and poor health will make it tough to keep up.
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