You know those farms you drive past where everything looks like it’s the latest and greatest, like it all came right out of a farm store catalog?
Yeah, keep driving, because none of those are ours.
Our farm is what I would consider pretty consistent with the average farm. Barns serve their purpose, property is manicured just enough without consuming our entire lives, and things do their jobs safely. I learned from a very young age that it does not matter how new or old something is, that whatever you have, you value it and take care of it. Like my horse trailer– it may be from the 90s, and it may be starting to rust, but it’s all I’ve got. So I make sure to give it a wash every now and then, and after every show I clean it out and back it into the barn to keep it covered.
Most of the stuff around our farm has been handed down, and is on its second or third (or probably more) life. In fact, I can probably count the number of things that are brand new on one hand.
Once we were ready for the horses at our place, we took the feed storage bins from my parents’ barn and got them set up in our feed room. And when we decided to get chickens I ran home to my parents’ house and loaded up their feed bins, waterers, brooder, and whatever else I could get my hands on. My husband picked up a feeder and nesting box from his parents’, and we were good to go.
One of our automatic heated waterers is on its third home, and has been in the family since 1968 when my grandpa bought it brand new for his farm. My dad’s and his siblings’ horses all drank out of that waterer, and then all my horses as a kid drank out of it when my parents put it in at their place. Now it’s conveniently placed outside of my two run-in stalls so that both of my horses can enjoy its never-ending fresh water.
Gates and panels, used in various ways around our farm, have come from my childhood home, as well as my husband’s. What our parents no longer need they have so very graciously handed over to us. And our fencing has a story worth dedicating an entire post to….check it out here.
It’s one of those things that even though it may seem silly, you look forward to passing along hand-me-downs to your kids one day. And even though we don’t have those kids yet, we will make sure they grow up to appreciate these old hand me downs. Some may be older than others, and some may be new gifts, but it’s important to be grateful for everything you have, and for the support and help family gives you when you’re just starting out.
What are some things, big or small, that you’ve been given and are grateful for?