The Lue General Store
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Don Hobbs, Preserving History
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John Wooldrick, My Mudgee beginnings
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And, of course, I need horses to pull these wonderful contraptions. Below are some of my pals, my beautiful horses. Above is Queenie, my favourite general work horse.
Below left is Syd, one of my beautiful Clydesdale horses. Next, the white horse is Tinkerbell.
I love using my horses to work on a farm, it’s so peaceful and satisfying.
You can teach horses so many things. They are very intelligent animals.
At left I am demonstrating how I taughtQueenie to open and shut gates on the farm. Working through about 15 paddocks during the day, you could spend a lot of time and energy getting off and on a horse to open and close gates. Queenie saves me all that—something you can’t teach a car or a tractor to do.
A man’s relationship to his horse is a very precious thing.
I have had some wonderful horses, and I honour their lives and their usefulness to society.
At right are some of the names of the horses that have used this old horse collar to break in. I have scratched each one’s name on it.
There are 20 horses that I have broken in using this collar: Amelia, Becky, Charlie, Dobbin, Ellie, Flora, Gemma, Hannah, Jack, Kerry, Lucky, Mego, Misty, Nugget, Olive, Pepper, Queenie, Reg, Spencer, Tyson,
I name the horses in alphabetical order, which helps me to keep track of them.
Waste not, want not is an old fashioned saying, but it is true. I try to re-use old bits of junk, recycle old bits of ‘rubbish’, restore old machinery.
Even pieces of bale twine, some coming from the Bylong tip, I plait into useful things, like an 8 strand halter for my horses. I have used old bale twine to make headstalls, ropes, horse leads, reins etc. The twine is strong in itself, but once plaited into a rope, there is no breaking it and they make excellent headstalls and leads for breaking in a horse—better than using expensive leather gear.
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There are also many photos of the machinery that are not used on the site, the volume too many. So if you are looking for photos of old machinery or relics, please ask.
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