John Hanson

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About John Hanson

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  • Birthday 03/17/1961

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  1. John Hanson

    A horse farming question.

    Great questions, dads706! I'll see if I can answer a few for you. As for stallions. Most farmers did raise their own replacement animals, but didn't keep a stud horse. They're kind of a pain in the butt to have around (we currently have 3) so a lot of times one farmer or breeder would have a really nice stud and he'd contract to breed others' mares. The easiest way to get the two together was to drive the stud to the mare when she's in season and ready to breed, so they usually used a "stud cart" or "road cart" as they were also known. This served a few purposes. It kept the stud in shape from traveling from farm to farm, and also was a great way to show off their prize horse!! Here's a picture of our oldest daughter with her stallion, driving a fairly traditional "stud cart".. Usually, you didn't borrow someone else's team. Horses are pretty personal with people and a good team of horses can be screwed up pretty easily, so very few were willing to loan out a team. They were most likely to borrow the team and the driver. There was and is a great deal of pride in a good working team and part of it comes from the handling, plus horses get used to a person and do a better job with them than a stranger, as well as remain more calm with the person they are used to. With our horses, we try not to have too many other people drive them, at least without us there. There's a noticeable difference in their behavior. That being said, many of the big hitches, especially in the wheat country comprised of 30+ animals, and they often were a conglomerate hitch of a few different farmer's animals. Some farms had enough horses or mules to take care of harvest as well, but many didn't. It was mentioned previously that many used mules, and one of my old mentors often spoke of when he drove the combined harvestor hitches in Easter WA as a young man. They used 32 mules during the day, as the mules could stand the heat better, and 32 horses during the evenings, after it cooled off. He spent 2 seasons driving first the horses, then working up to the mule hitch....at the age of 14. There were also some big hitches used for plowing as is shown in this picture of 30 head plowing..... Here's a little glimpse of one way of rigging these hitches...
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    Sinus medicine

    I went through all that, then the surgery....still got terrible sinus infections. I'd be normal one minute and 5 minutes later, I was on the floor in pain, and you could actually see the swelling.... Then I got desperate enough to try accupuncture. About an hour later I walked out, breathing fine! Within a couple years, I was all through with allergies and sinus problems...and the best part was that I wasn't on pills or antibiotics!!
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    Anyone own a good sand blast cabinet?

    +1 for the Skat Blast from TP. This is my third one from them. I flat wore out one and sold the other to get a bigger one. I've got a 970 now and really like it! You wont go wrong with their stuff!!
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    Stretching a truck frame?

    He's moved back to Texas from Kuwait. He's still the same ol' Frank. Just when you think what he's telling you that he's done, can't possibly be true, he'll whip out a picture and blow everyone's mind! Quite a guy. He's on the Just Old Trucks forum now. What did you go by on the ATHS forums?
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    Stretching a truck frame?

    Yep, Frank Surber's pattern. It's awesome!
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    Stretching a truck frame?

    I've done a few. If done right, they're stronger than original. I used to just cut on an angle, but use a "finger" joint now. It's a little more work, but the stresses are never parallel anywhere in the splice when I'm done and I've never seen one crack or give any problems, and that's with farm, logging, dump, and heavy haul work. JH
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    Friction material rejuvenation

    Yeah, I bet Borax would work good too. My old boss used to use vinegar on his yarder... seemed to work pretty well, especially with an oily friction. Of course the best is to repair and replace the lining....but there's many good ways to stretch it a bit longer.
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    Friction material rejuvenation

    Fullers Earth is what I use on the frictions on my crane. Works great! BonAmi does a pretty good job too!
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    Side trip ideas

    Budweiser's Clydesdale operations are in the StLouis area...they give daily tours.
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    Making Loose Hay

    U-C, we lost both of those horses about 5 years ago, both in their mid twenties. They were wonderful horses. I miss them every day. We have 14 head right now, 11 mares and 3 studs, and 4 or 5 babies on the way this spring. I love working the horses...it's really rewarding and the big horses are by far the most personable! It's too easy to just go start the tractor and "get it done", so ours tend to need more of a job than they have always. We're always up for visitors and love to share the horses, so if anyone's in the area, please stop by!!!
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    Beech 18

    He's pretty smooth on that ol' gal. One of my favorite airplanes of all times to work on...the 18 series. We used to own an E-18 that was originally owned by Gallo Wines. Sure was a sweet ol' gal!!
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    Making Loose Hay

    This was us pulling a Cockshut hayloader a few years ago, my wife driving a team she'd had since they were 2 year olds .... the guys pitching weren't quite ready for the speed at which our Clydes step. hahaha
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    Making Loose Hay

    This is a Jayhawk stacker.... a bit later design than the beaverslide.....
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    Making Loose Hay

    Yeah, there's actually still a few in Montana that use the beaverslides and horses, but many have gone to tractors to power the beaverslides. Here's a video from Grant Kohrs Ranch in Deerlodge...
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    Old wheel rakes

    I've still got a New Idea like that....probably gonna be using it behind horses this year. I have one broken casting to replace, but otherwise it's in great shape!