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Real horsepower is used to put up hay

Monty Hopkins
Harrisburg, Neb.

It was one of those things that often happen in the Longhorn Cafe in LaGrange, Wyo., as we are just visiting. Joe Ward was visiting with Don Richards and telling him about fixing up some old horse-drawn machinery, and that he was in need of a ground driven rake. Well, Don just happened to have an old ground driven rake, minus the drive wheels. The drive wheels were part of the auto gate ends.

Before everything was said and done, Joe had the rake, the auto gate had some new ends. Don had a little patch of pretty good grass that Joe could mow, rake and bale, yes, with horses.

Now needing to be taken into consideration in this story, is the fact Joe is pretty handy. His family owns Ward Trenching in LaGrange, so Joe has had plenty of practice on making machinery work. However, not horse-drawn machinery. But here’s where being handy comes into play, and Joe has two horse-drawn mowers operational, and Don’s rake.

However, the baler turned into another project. Joe took an old PTO Massey baler, and converted it to ground drive. It works, and will bale hay, but not as well as Joe wants. It is taking some trial and error to get the baler up to speed, and not make the horses walk too fast. There will be some changes in sprockets and sooner or later, the baler will bale being pulled by three horses. This really isn’t in doubt, just give it a little time.

It was one of those things that often happen in the Longhorn Cafe in LaGrange, Wyo., as we are just visiting. Joe Ward was visiting with Don Richards and telling him about fixing up some old horse-drawn machinery, and that he was in need of a ground driven rake. Well, Don just happened to have an old ground driven rake, minus the drive wheels. The drive wheels were part of the auto gate ends.

Before everything was said and done, Joe had the rake, the auto gate had some new ends. Don had a little patch of pretty good grass that Joe could mow, rake and bale, yes, with horses.

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Now needing to be taken into consideration in this story, is the fact Joe is pretty handy. His family owns Ward Trenching in LaGrange, so Joe has had plenty of practice on making machinery work. However, not horse-drawn machinery. But here’s where being handy comes into play, and Joe has two horse-drawn mowers operational, and Don’s rake.

However, the baler turned into another project. Joe took an old PTO Massey baler, and converted it to ground drive. It works, and will bale hay, but not as well as Joe wants. It is taking some trial and error to get the baler up to speed, and not make the horses walk too fast. There will be some changes in sprockets and sooner or later, the baler will bale being pulled by three horses. This really isn’t in doubt, just give it a little time.