Sunday, September 30, 2012

Horse Carts & Driving Goats to Hotel Lovin'

This morning started with loading a pony cart into my pickup truck to go visit Scott, the Blacksmith in Salem. Scott has a shop full of all sorts of curiosities and wonders. There are old gates from an 1800's estate in Brazil, 1940's motorcycle parts, sculptures and projects galore. It's a very modern shop, but the spirit is certainly old timey. Scott has a serious beard that goes down to his chest and I bet when he is working on something of wrought iron he looks likes a man stepping out of history....

Anyway, I called him to check out my broken cart. He inspected it and said it basically needs a new frame and that the old 1940's bike forks had rusted out. It is pricey repair job and I need to weigh fixing the rig or putting that money towards a new one. Either way, nothing is happening just yet. Even if I wanted to fork over the money for new forks, it would be two weeks before Scott even had an opening. He's backed up with customers and projects through Columbus Day and beyond.

On the way home from the Blacksmith's shop I decided to stop at Patty and Marks. As I wound along the beautiful autumn road towards Livingston Brook Farm I saw Patty and Steele driving down the road in her new wagon. The beautiful 4-person vehicle was Deere green and yellow and Steele looked like the King of Draft Horses pulling it under the gray skies. I slowed down enough to talk out the truck window and I told her I'd meet her back at the house.

We ended up going for a ride in her back fields on the new wagon and chatting. It had rained all morning and looked like more rain was on the way, but for the moment we were dry. Steele did amazingly well in his new rig and when we were done with the ride we unharnessed the horse and went inside for tea by her wood stove. A fine afternoon visit with a good friend on a Sunday.

And a Sunday was exactly what I wanted. I wanted an afternoon of rest. I had big plans for cleaning the house and basic chores, you know, just relaxing with my own fireside book. Of course, all that changed. The phone rang. It was Yesheva, my goat mentor and dairywoman of local notoriety. She wanted me to bring down my does to be served. The farmer's doe that had been staying in their extra pen had been bred and gone back to her farm—so there was an opening room at Hotel Lovin'. Yesh didn't call her open pen "Hotel Lovin'" but I did. Because the only reason to stay at Common Sense Farm was so goat sex could happen. Goat sex means kids in the spring and kids in the spring mean milk and income. All good things, and all require a stay at Hotel Lovin'

I did not hesitate. I didn't have large enough dog crates or a stock trailer so I loaded them right into the cab of the truck. It was just three miles to Common Sense so I figured we could pull it off. And we did. I had them down at their big Dairy barn within 15 minutes of that phone call and in the next week they will be bred by a beautiful purebred Alpine buck. This is just the first step in the cycle of owning a dairy animal, but I am excited to be a part of it. The trip did kind of ruin my afternoon plans of laziness, but no one ever said pimpin' was easy.

P.S. I am also proud to say not one pellet of goat poo hit the truck's upholstery. They were better than my dog in the Dodge. Who knew?

29 Comments:

Blogger Kris said...

I have to haul my sheep and gpats in my Trooper and that's always the first thing they do is squat. Even if they just did before they get in. I guess just nerves. So my car always smells like animal.

Good luck on the breeding! It's happening all around me here. I hope to have lots of lambs and kids in 5 months. This is the earliest I have ever bred goats and sheep.

Have a great Sunday afternoon! Get that book anyway, there's still plenty of day left!

September 30, 2012 at 3:02 PM  
Anonymous Linda said...

I love your blog,it really brightens my day. I admire you so much for your strength.

September 30, 2012 at 3:58 PM  
Blogger PattyW said...

Who's driving?!!!

September 30, 2012 at 4:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jenna,
I mean no judgement- just best wishes and a little motherly-hen concern:
I know you are a smart and capable woman who has managed very well without the likes of me weighing in, (and I'm not even sure if you are the one doing the filming or you have someone else in the cab with you)...

Please take care driving and filming!
I would be so sad to see you hurt.
I love so much the snippets of CAF action you share with us and hope to see many more for years to come!
Diane Maria

September 30, 2012 at 4:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love the picture of Patty and Steele with his new cart.

My husband and I spent the day visiting amish carriage shops in Lancaster County, PA yesterday looking at that very same style of 4 wheel cart-big and little sized-One for my pony and one for his percheron. Pony sized is very economical for a new 4 wheel cart-around $550.

I have an oak two wheel cart that I am looking to replace the bicycle style pneumatic tires with wooden wheels (which are much stronger,safer and less bouncy) I saw used two wheeled pony carts in nice shape for under 500.

The New Holland, Ronks, and Bird in Hand areas of Lancaster all have a plethura of harness and carriage shops.
Good Luck!
Heather in PA

September 30, 2012 at 5:47 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

heather would you be willing to share the name of the carriage maker?


September 30, 2012 at 6:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Once again you make livestock breeding sound dirty. I have never been uncomfortable reading/talking/thinking about/planning breeding season until I read your blog.

September 30, 2012 at 8:36 PM  
Blogger Chautauqua said...

This surely made my day! You are too funny! I once drove a sheep to be sheared in the back of my minivan -- cleaned up 'pellets' for months afterward.....

September 30, 2012 at 9:05 PM  
Anonymous Christine said...

Goat Pimping....you crack me up!

September 30, 2012 at 9:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Goats LOVE Prarie Home Companion!

September 30, 2012 at 10:50 PM  
Blogger RamblinHome said...

This just got me laughing and all I could think was, "Hotel Lovin'- renting rooms for goats by the hour!" Cue the cheesy 70's porn music!

October 1, 2012 at 6:49 AM  
Anonymous Samantha Burns said...

Sounds like a great way to spend a Sunday, if you ask me!

October 1, 2012 at 7:11 AM  
Blogger seagrrlz said...

Bonita looked like she wanted to stick her head out the window,like gibson would.

And, in honour of your pimping duties:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Cr0nP3k_p4

October 1, 2012 at 7:49 AM  
Blogger aleahy said...

Cruising with the goats!!! Love it!

October 1, 2012 at 8:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sure Jenna!

Pequea Carriage Shop
John Stoltzfus
200 Blank Road
Narvon, PA 17555
(717) 768-7016

I have one of his carts-good quality oak. He actually makes them.

Shady Lane Wagons
http://shadylanewagons.com/
Weaver Martin
192 Amishtown Road
New Holland, PA 17557

Had lots of very nice new and used carts. Does lots of repair and restoration work.

Nolt's Wheel Shop
214 N Shirk Rd, New Holland, PA 17557
717-355-9182
He is a wheelwright that everyone buys their wheels from. Has used carts and carriages.

Peach Lane Harness
Abner Esch
88 Peach Lane
Ronks PA 17572
717-687-5122
Has a complete custom harness shop, will custom fit harness to your horse. We trailered our draft to him to be fitted. He can make or repair anything-all horse sizes.

Most of these businesses have a phone outside away from their homes and shops (in the Amish tradition) so that you have to leave a message. No Sunday sales.
Good Luck,
Heather in PA



October 1, 2012 at 9:01 AM  
Blogger Tara said...

I always tell people that goats ride like champs in cars. No one ever believes me! Wish we were breeding ours instead of selling this year. I'll miss my buck most of all. He's a big, handsome, stinky sweetie. :(

October 1, 2012 at 9:50 AM  
Blogger Michelle said...

I was doing the same thing!!! We had cancelled our typical Sunday obligations for a whole day at home spent in rest (to help our bodies fight the wretched cold we both have), but at morning milking I saw that Sassy was in heat. I could have cried. I've longed for them to come into heat on a weekend so I can catch it, but why, oh why, did it have to happen this day?! As soon as I finished chores I called my goat mentor and we headed down there. It turns out she had been working on a solution to my dillema already. Sassy spent the day there with her buck, but in the evening Sassy and the buck both came to my house so he could service my other two Nigie girls when they came in as well. Meanwhile, I took Miracle, my La Mancha doe, to another friend's home, ten miles away so she can spend the month "courtin'" and come home preggers as well. All hooves are crossed on this homestead! There should be four bred does by November first! :-D

October 1, 2012 at 10:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

BTW-ALSO!....
Pequea Carriage Shop doesn't have a website, but a lot of dealers sell his carts. You may be able to find a dealer in your area-although traveling to his shop and purchasing directly from him will get you a better price and savings on shipping. I recommend taking a look at this Pequea dealer website to get an idea of what he makes.

http://www.sunriseponyfarm.com/cartswagons.html

Heather in PA

October 1, 2012 at 11:09 AM  
Anonymous iacwgl said...

Anon, you are using "tongue-in-cheek" right?

Your words: "I have never been uncomfortable reading/talking/thinking about/planning breeding season until I read your blog."

I believe there ARE twelve-step programs for those "uncomfortable" with bovine/ovine/caprine coitus.
8-)...just kidding....sort of...

then there is human sex.....aaauuggh...no! close your eyes and think of England!! ;-) ha.

October 1, 2012 at 11:22 AM  
Blogger Becky said...

I agree with anonymous. The way you describe animals mating, it makes it seem like a sleazy, cinemax movie instead of something normal and natural.

October 1, 2012 at 5:13 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

Oh good grief!!! Jenna's descriptions of animal sex are hilarious! Y'all need to lighten up!!!!!

October 1, 2012 at 5:49 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

The hotel lovin' bit was a joke, since I was driving animals to have sex. Sex and mating are the same thing, folks. Using the s-word does not make it dirty. But talking about pimps and cheap hotels does, and that was in jest.

I don't think sex is ever sleazy. I think people act sleazy and misuse sex for selfish reasons. But there's nothing dirty or unnatural about sex to me at all, regardless of species.

This farm deals with sex, dirt, manure, birth and death pretty much all the time!

October 1, 2012 at 5:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No, I was totally serious. I am in no way uncomfortable with animals breeding, or else I wouldn't raise animals. It's just the way Jenna seems to fixate on animal breeding (or sex, if you prefer to call it that...though I've never heard farmers refer to it as sex). Like asking the goats if they are excited to go have sex...just weird or something. Or talking about Gibson watching the rabbits like a pervert. Really? C'mon.

October 1, 2012 at 7:16 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

I never called my dog a pervert, though he does stare at the rabbits. It certainly isn't sexual. He's just a border collie and they move.

I'm with Michelle. I'm joking, lighten up.

Also, Sex Sex Sex Sexxy Sexytime Sex sex.

October 1, 2012 at 7:22 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

No more anonymous content digs. You want to call me weird or complain about content, do it under your name.

Not you, helmet suggesting friend. You're cool.

October 1, 2012 at 7:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jenna,

You mentioned that the kids will bring in income in the spring, very true. Though, purebred kids bring in more than cross-bred kids (around my neck of the woods anyway). You may want to consider using an Oberhalsi buck on the Oberhalsi doe to maximize your return.(I'm just assuming they only have Alpines based on previous posts). Have fun!

October 1, 2012 at 7:46 PM  
Blogger katiegirl said...

Ok, just had to chime in here about the Gibson thing. I remember you saying that. It's on your meat rabbit workshop wrap up. "Everyone got to see a normal mating (Gibson, the little pervert stared wide eyed at this)"

Just sayin. Although you did say mating in that post...

October 2, 2012 at 7:42 AM  
Anonymous T. Crockett said...

I love how mellow the goats are about being in the car. My cat always tried to hide under the gas pedal - not the brightest move. Then again I never had the soothing power of Garrison K's voice on my side..

October 2, 2012 at 11:32 PM  
Blogger jenomnibus said...

Bwaaahahaha! I love what you said in your video! Jenna, your sense of humor and irreverence is refreshing. Tell it like it is, sistah.

October 4, 2012 at 5:44 PM  

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