Wordless Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

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Headin’ for Summer!

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Ah my favorite time of year, but let’s not forget the gettin’ here!  Moving cattle, branding, farmers pushing their equipment to their limits to get crops in, and all the other organized chaos after the snow melts and Spring sets in.  I love life in rural America, no question about it, the sounds, smells, and the people.  So I made up my mind that I wanted a new career and get back out of the office to the places I love.

I have a good job at the Animal Disease Diagnostic Lab, and even a second job as a hand working with the university cattle as well as helping out my buddies with stock and anything else when needed, but, what rewards are there without a little risk?  Anyone who follows my blog probably thinks I fell off Planet Earth in mid-February, but no, between work and setting up plans for my business, there just hasn’t been time.  I decided to follow my life-long interest in farrier science and horses in general.  I’ve trimmed and shod a few along the way, but by no means am I any expert, so I am off to school across the state next month for two months.  I am very excited, and finding that I fit the needs of small business operation well – especially when I have an interest in what I am doing, coincidentally.  I plan to ranch on the side probably starting next Fall or Spring, but that’s not on a large scale…yet.

There is a larger scale, long term plan for my business, but I won’t go into detail here.  I have discussed the topic at length with retired and active farriers, veterinarians, and random horse owners, and know that it is indeed one of those “dying” trades that is not being filled as most retire-  much like large animal vets that I have mentioned in past articles.  It is unfortunate, but true, the technology field has absorbed such a large majority of my generation and those younger that we are going to be lacking in a lot of ways in many professions just like the lack of farriers we see today.

So, like always, it takes awhile for me to get there, but I do have a point!  Is there something you’ve been itching to do?  A new opportunity to follow that may benefit you or your family?  Maybe this is the year for you to do it like it is for me.  Remember the old saying “Make hay while the sun shines”?  Well, it’s true, so pull your hat down tight, nod you head and take that leap out of the chute!  Thanks for reading!

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