I just wanted to brag a little on my team. They are 11 this year and I have had them since they were 6 weeks old. I am not a real farmer and this is just a great hobby for me. I have been driving them quite a bit this summer and I hope to do a pumpkin patch for kids this Oct. We have been out on the local blacktop road on every outing without incident, we have seen everything from side by side UTV's to large trucks to Harley Davidson motorcycles. I have wanted to do more with them so I decided to try to get them ready to spread manure. I have a ground drive spreader so I decided Sat morning was the day to start. I took them out up and down the subdivision road to warm them up and make sure we were on the same wavelength. I then went back to the house and hooked up to the spreader. I went into the upper pasture and made a loop around, i wanted to make sure the different pull and noise wouldn't affect them. My original intention was to stop after a couple laps. They took it so well, actually never even noticing it was there, that I decided to kick the beaters in. The spreader was empty and I pulled the lever and asked them to step up. They startled a little with the noise but just a quick walk, no hint of wanting to run. They stopped when asked and stepped up when asked. By the time we were 2/3 of the way around we were walking easy and by the 2nd lap they couldn't have cared less.
I know for most of you this is all old hat but taking new steps for us is extremely gratifying and exciting. Now I just have to get a weekend when my son is off work so he can run the loader and load the manure for me.
Have a great day.