A simple sled is a cheap solution to prevent a sore back and arms. It also speeds along the daily grind of feeding and watering animals or bringing in firewood. You’ll soon be back in the warm house with a steaming cup of coffee and plenty of energy to tackle the rest of the day’s tasks.
My humble sled is not the antique picture of loveliness as is the one pictured above. But, it is better suited to it’s purpose with its flat, plastic bottom. Who knew that Christmas present given so long ago would become a necessary piece of farm equipment. It is molded in such a way that the sides come up enough to keep the load of hay in place, unless I get carried away with sharp turns. It does require some finesse from the navigator to keep water, hay and buckets of fodder in place. For many years, it did double duty as the fun toy it is and as my biggest winter time assistant. Except, that is, for the farm dog.
Yet another choice if you are pulling lots of buckets of water is the jet sled. Every year, I contemplate one of these babies. The higher sides should make hay slides a thing of the past. Heck, I could pull a whole bale on one of these if need be. I could definitely pull all the water buckets out at once. As it is, I make a couple of trips. Maybe I’ve been frugal long enough. Maybe it’s time, now that I’m farming in my sixties, to retire the old beater and move up to the Rolls Royce of chore sleds. I bet this year Santa will bring me one for Christmas. Especially if I promise to donate the old blue sled to a some nice kids down the road.
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