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    Does anyone use horses for survival? If so, how?

    I'm from the rural south and I am familiar with horses, but I don't understand if there's a difference in using a horse in a survival situation vs using a horse in a work situation?


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    In a war or famine situation it could be on the menu.
    I'm a Gramp who is not computer savvy, give me a slab and the rock ages tablet..I will do fine!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tokwan View Post
    In a war or famine situation it could be on the menu.
    In a war or famine situation, you could be on the menu

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    I see it as..you and the horse...muahahahahahahahahahaha.....first the horse, then the rider.....
    I'm a Gramp who is not computer savvy, give me a slab and the rock ages tablet..I will do fine!

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    Lots of horse people out here in South western Wisconsin.....several friend have them.....
    They are horse people.....that's what they live for....So you are a horse person or you are not.

    All are broke....horses take a lot of room, care, feed , money and attention.

    The truck just sat for 3 days......all I had to do was scrape the windows after it started.
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    We have a few horse parts here on the forum.

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    Yeah, I........hey wait a minute.
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    Yeah, what the???????......
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    So yeah....what?...Rick?....

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    Why is there more horses azzes than horses? present company excluded of course.
    so the definition of a criminal is someone who breaks the law and you want me to believe that somehow more laws make less criminals?

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    Quote Originally Posted by randyt View Post
    Why is there more horses azzes than horses? present company excluded of course.
    They only sent the hind ends to Washington.
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    This thread really went sideways fast......

    Seriously, ....If you have and use horse regularly.....many people do then you already have the barn, feed, tack, pasture, and other gear to actually have and use these fine animals.....is one thing.

    To say, I gonna get a horse for survival is maybe not that good of an idea.......
    Horses are a way of life.
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    Hunter pretty much nailed it (the topic, not the horse). If you own and care for horses now you will use them because they are a way of life. To get one for the sole purpose of using it in a disaster scenario would probably not work out so well.
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    And there is a difference in training your riding horse and training your plow horse. You can't just put any old horse in front of a plow (or a wagon) and expect him to know what to do. You can train a horse to do both.

    I don't own horses, but my grandfather did. Just the riding kind though. I also worked at a place that used mules for plowing. Big honest working brutes but when the sun hit the top of the trees at the end of the day they would head back to the barn, sometimes dragging plow and driver along with them, and no talking them out of it.
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    Trucks and tractors were invented for a reason......
    Don't believe everything you see in westerns............
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    They used the mules for plowing because they were more respectful of the crop than a tractor. The farm was also on a hillside where tractors might have been more dangerous. They're out of business now. The land became exceedingly valuable so the owner sold out. All houses now.
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    Let's say I had a horse, how would the horse be used?

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    cultivating, plowing, pulling a wagon, pulling logs, pulling a stone boat, powering a sorghum mill, riding, packing.
    so the definition of a criminal is someone who breaks the law and you want me to believe that somehow more laws make less criminals?

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    My grandfather (who happens to be a Brit) have 2 thoroughbreds in the early 60's. I remember them well...Sad to say the horses eat better than my granddad...hehehe
    I'm a Gramp who is not computer savvy, give me a slab and the rock ages tablet..I will do fine!

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    there's a lot of money in horses, you should see what I've spent so far.
    so the definition of a criminal is someone who breaks the law and you want me to believe that somehow more laws make less criminals?

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