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Old Time Threshing

I don't think much about modern equipment. I mean, I'm pretty much surrounded by modern stuff all day, every day. Given enough time, what I use today will be replaced with something more modern.At times I stop and think about how far we've all come. At some point, what is old was at one time ...

A Valentine Story

A Valentine StoryThere is a lot to be said about wintertime — it’s cold, driving can be a challenge, sledding is fun, ice skating is more fun, and snow angels are the best. But, when you have animals in below-freezing temperatures, the challenge is more real. To be responsible for ...

A Horse Of Course

Horses have always played a big part in my life on the farm. Like most girls, I was horse crazy almost from the moment I was born. I must have inherited the gene from my father, because next to dogs, Daddy loved horses almost as much as I did. His first pony was named Ned, and he went on from ...

How to Build a Saddle Rack

Every horse owner knows the importance of keeping tack clean, dry and easily accessible. A well-built saddle rack can be just as indispensable as good riding gear. It can hold all of your tack including halters, bridles, and brushes. It can be efficient without taking up a lot of stable ...

Country Christmas Cards

My mother always makes a big deal about Christmas cards. Since we're a farm family, she likes to send a Christmas card with a red barn on it, similar to one of our own red barns. We love creating our own Country Christmas Cards — it's so much fun!Of course, the first step in creating a ...

Loving Cherokee

In July of last year, Cherokee, my prize Curly-Quarter Horse cross gelding, developed a bony growth on his cheek. The lump seemed to come overnight. I look my horses over daily and make sure they are in great condition, so the bony growth was unexpected.Cherokee, summer 2015 That same summer, ...

Pet Stories: Remembering Favorite Four-Legged Friends

Four-legged companions are pretty common to life in the country. Whether calling the barnyard home or living alongside their human counterparts in the house, animals add much in the way of shaping rural life. We recently asked readers to share their favorite pet stories from life out where the ...

Playful, Magical Healing Horse

In 1990, at age 30, I went through a major life-changing event when my nine-year marriage ended. I returned to my childhood home and began to piece things together. My sister owned a small farm outside of town, where she raised Appaloosas. We had grown up together on horseback, ranging the ...

My Best Friends Were Farm Animals

I am an only child. I grew up here on the family homestead in the 1960s/70s. We are a community of ‘Old Families’ several generations down on our lands and the farms are a bit spread out.During summer vacation there was no one to play with. There was no such things as ‘play dates’, no ...

How to Make an Almost Cost-Free Livestock Feeder

My husband is the king of re-use. As a matter of fact, we are kind of amused at all the hoopla surrounding the renew-reuse-recycle movement. Successful ranchers, homesteaders and small farmers have made this a way of life for years if not centuries. Glad the rest of the world is catching up! I ...

Happy to Be Here

This is my first blog for the Capper Farmer family and, boy, oh howdy, I can tell you I am happy to be here. It’s an honor to be among you, and I can’t wait to join the discussion about all-things-small in farming and homesteading. I even have a discussion point for this introductory ...

The Rough Out Saddle

All my memories of Dad on a horse include the rough out saddle. For many years one of Dad's pastimes was to break or train horses. At that time there was some money in horses and horse trading. Dad would go to horse sales or buy/sell/trade with other horse people. He was gifted with an eye for ...

Farm Machinery: Then and Now

It is harvest season around here and has been for about a month or so. And every time I see one of the newer harvesters, or other huge pieces of farming equipment, I think about the ones my grandpa Henry Parker used in the early 1900’s. It is hard work now, but it was really work back then. ...

Outhouse Tips Over With Girl Inside

Sure I remember the old outhouse with its Sears Roebuck catalog, and the times I nearly froze to death in the winter or the times I kept a wary eye on a wasp in the summer.At that time, no one had heard of a hay baler. All the hay was put up "loose" and either rope slings or a hay fork was used ...

The Great Horse Escape Part 2: The Sequel!

It was a dark and stormy night.Well, OK, it wasn’t.It was a chilly, cloudy, windy day, with drizzle and rain forecasted.I got my gumption up to go out and do chores wearing my typical hoodie, jeans, and lined denim jacket with work gloves.I figured I wouldn’t be out that long.Stumbling out ...

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