Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Midnight Marauder, Jul 8, 2009.
Click here for the column, amazing story in the Amarillo Globe.
Because she'd rather ride her horses.
I wonder how she feeds them?
I'm feeling sorry for tonto.
Grazing along the way, also help from strangers who would put her up for a night, feed her and the horses, etc.
It's an amazing story. The horse she was riding, Jay, ate some loco weed or some other plant toxic to horses, and died near Childress. She also got a kidney infection, a leg infection, and re-injured her back riding a bull at a rodeo in LA.
No, I mean I wonder how she feeds them now.
But also, there isn't that much to graze out there....which is why her horse died.
Great story Marauder, I understand when she says she knows how the pioneers felt. Through 2005 we lived here at our place with no running water, the house had been vandalized so we stayed in a camp trailer (beats a tent by far but still not a house), cook, carried water and heated water on an open fire from whatever we could find to burn (we had no chain saws as ours had been taken in the house raid so it was just whatever broken limbs that were available). We ate fish from the pond and whatever would grow. Let me tell you I was grateful for the pond being overstock that year. I'm not sure how we would have been able to feed Hos if it had not been for the fish in the pond. The fish and a neighbor that had a calf that died when it was pulled that helped keep the 200 lb dog fed that year. We bucketed water from the well since we had no electric to run the pump. That was a long year struggling to stay up with high paid attorneys, trying to survive both mentally and physically while living through the court and bank fraud deal here that was going on over my mining business. I have a lot of respect for those who can endure that type of challenge. You learn a lot about the true blue people around you during times that like.
There's plenty to graze on. You just have to watch what you let them graze.
And, as the story says, she is at a Horse rescue operation south of Amarillo, helping out as a volunteer and has acquired a new horse already. I imagine the owners of the operation are supplying room and board and feed for the horses in exchange for the volunteer labor for awhile.
I camped out on a river bank for six months, just a tent and my firebird for shelter, I later built a hut.... only food was fish I would catch or rabbits I would trap... Only heat was the fire. I DID have a pistol though, for protection. Anyway this was because I wanted to do so, not because I had to. But I recommend this type of hardship for everyone, it definitely builds character and self-reliance both of which are almost completely absent today.
It also spreads parasites.
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