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  • You know you live in farm country when. . .

    Just a few observations from my trips off the farm in the past few days.

    You know you live in farm country when. . . .

    Half of the vehicles in the parking lot at an after school function are pickup trucks.

    The woman in front of you in the check out line at the grocery store still has her spurs on her dusty boots.

    The cashier at CVS asks you as she scans the giant tub of peppermints "Did you buy these for your horse?"

    There are 7 feed stores and 1 bank in a 15 mile radius from your farm.

    Four of the pickup trucks in the parking lot at the grocery store have hay piled up in the bed.

    In the piles of business cards at the counter at the local pizza shop you can find farriers, blanket cleaning services and equine massage therapist cards.

    Anyone else?
    There are friends and faces that may be forgotten, but there are horses that never will be. - Andy Adams

  • #2
    Rigs are parked on the side of the road by the bank since they don't fit in the "drive through". Ditto the fast food places.


    • #3
      The livestock have better teeth than the farmers.


      • #4
        The machine shed is in better shape than the house.


        • #5
          Your kids learn to drive in an International Harvester pick up truck with 3 on the column.


          • #6
            The McDonalds is horsey themed! (Tryon, NC)
            "ronnie was the gifted one, victor was the brilliant intellect, and i [GM], well, i am the plodder."


            • #7
              When the guy at the parts store knows what kind of spark plugs an 8N Ford tractor takes.

              Champion H12

              Oh, God, did I actually know that?????


              • Original Poster

                Originally posted by alteringwego View Post
                The McDonalds is horsey themed! (Tryon, NC)
                We have 3 of them here in Ocala!

                And our local banks all have paintings of horses on the walls.
                There are friends and faces that may be forgotten, but there are horses that never will be. - Andy Adams


                • #9
                  ...when someone asks if we want to go to town to eat and everyone looks down at what they are wearing and say "only if we don't go to a fancy place".
                  Fancy being places that town people consider mere lunch stops.
                  No one of us has ever been to a real fancy place.


                  • #10
                    Tractors and other large machinery have the right-of-way in town and the gas station has provisions for fueling this equipment.
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                    • #11
                      You know spring has arrived when you get stuck behind a tractor on the road.


                      • #12
                        When a branding crew walks into a diner covered in calf crap, blood, dirt and sweat and no one in the joint bats an eye.


                        • #13
                          When you're late and you have to stop or crawl on the country roads because the cattle and sheep are moving to a new pasture. (this happens often here)

                          When you slow down and give right of way to the horses jogging out on roadwork. Most of the time you get a wave in recognition that you are a horseperson because you had courtesy to slow down!

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                          • #14
                            There's more head of livestock in your county than people.

                            In any given parking lot, there will be 5-6 trucks for every one car.

                            Even the topless convertibles at the fast food place have 3 bales of shavings in the back seat.
                            "Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read." -Groucho Marx


                            • #15
                              The county deputy only swings by once every blue moon and calls it law enforcement. If anyone out here wants to steal something from someone, the thief will find himself on the receiving end of some blunt fists. This is an agricultural society out here, after all!

                              If someone's kid wants to be a brat and run away, the neighbors call the parents to tell them they saw the kid and told them to get their @sses on home and quit being stupid.

                              Never lock our pickup and the keys in the ignition.

                              Goes to town with grass hay sprigs in your hair.

                              Can go into a cafe with your rifle/pistol and no one bats an eye.

                              Back seat of the pickup never gets clean. Too full of halters, bits, horse blankets, the odd brush and that hoof pick that you lost a year ago.

                              I'm sure there are plenty more but these are the ones I first thought of.


                              • #16
                                You call a friend who rents a pasture 1/2 mile from your place and when she realizes it is you, ask "oh no, are our cows out??"


                                • #17
                                  "You call a friend who rents a pasture 1/2 mile from your place and when she realizes it is you, ask "oh no, are our cows out??"

                                  This is so true - the first thing us neighbors say when we call each other is..

                                  Don't worry everything is fine...

                                  I think I've done/seen everyone of these things. There's also the occasional dead animal in the back of the pickup at the grocery store.

                                  When I see a clean shinny car my first thought is "Oh look, they got a new car".



                                  • #18
                                    When you walk into the country store in your barn clothes, smelling like horse manure, no one notices, because the other customers are wearing their coveralls, smelling of cow manure.

                                    And when you locate the molasses and proceed to checkout, the store owner asks you which horse is sick.
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                                    • #19
                                      Fun topic!

                                      How about, you go to the local Longhorn Steakhouse and look at your SO and say "Do you smell horse?" As you look around you notice most of the diners have cowboy hats and manure on their boots. WHEW!


                                      • #20

                                        When I see a clean shinny car my first thought is "Oh look, they got a new car".


                                        When you clean the pickup and all congratulate on the fine new pickup.

                                        When someone breaks into your barn and all that is missing is one scoop and a push broom.
                                        There were a few muddy big foot tracks left.
                                        We never could figure that one, with a tractor and all kinds of tools and hay there.

                                        As the sheriff said, who would take the trouble to steal items to work with?
                                        I sure miss that push broom, it was the best one.
                                        I see why someone would steal it.