Good Horses, need a good working home

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I am looking for a home for my Percheron team, Leo and Polly.

I’ve had Leo (gelding, roughly 16) for seven years, and Polly (mare, roughly 20) for three and a half years. I’ve worked them as a team and solo, doing both field work (primary and secondary tillage, mowing with ground driven and engine powered implements) and in the woods hauling downed logs. In 2018, Polly recovered from a bout of Lyme. They are both healthy and working. I love this resilient and generous team and have been grateful to learn and grow with them. My farm is changing and I no longer have regular work for horses. This team needs a good home with care and moderate work. I am not selling them. I am looking for the right home for Leo and Polly.

To Inquire: melissa@thegoodLifefarm.org
Serious inquiries only, please

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About why.

I am heartbroken. This is not an easy change. For the past ten years I have worked to co-create this place and specifically, to become a teamster. Things have changed drastically from those days of envisioning while camped on a bare farm, with the yurt our only structure and all the possibilities ahead.  At the outset horses played a huge part in physically creating our Good Life farmscape and along the way, I’ve learned powerful lessons from Leo and Polly (and Randy, Betsy and Pet) about gratitude, generosity, patience and grace in hard work.

At this point, too many things have changed for draft power to fill its former role- our ground is covered in perennials, our systems require little to no tillage and even our mowing needs have changed. My team and I, we’ve helped build this place to what it is. And now, the farm is becoming a teenager with different management needs while along the way, Garrett and I split up. I don’t mean to bury that information but am wary of over emphasizing it as well. Our divorce has much to do with the stresses of running a young business and from building it from scratch. We are learning what to let go of alongside the changes coming to our farm through maturation. We’ve defined a route, and now must continue to redefine and refine. Draft power has been an incredible part of this first ten years, and I hope it will be again. At this juncture in our adolescent, multi-faceted business, there is not sufficient work for an active team. I am stretched too thin to do justice to myself as a teamster and my team as willing workers. Please consider whether this team may benefit your farm or forestry work as much as they have lightened my load over these past years.

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