Hey from the USA! Part 3

While preparing to travel around the States, I had a goal to learn about “American ranch life” and how it compares to farm life in the UK … and on this research trip, I had the opportunity to stay on a ranch, tackle some chores, get a sense of general Western experiences, and do plenty of horse-riding — Western style!


Halters, saddles, and hats might be different, but spending time outdoors with animals and wide open sky is as wonderful as the UK (when it’s not raining here πŸ˜‰ )

Let me know in the comments — do you live in the city or country? Which do you think is better and why?

55 thoughts on “Hey from the USA! Part 3

  1. I live in the country! I’ve been forced to live in the city before, so I know what both are like. It is my personal opinion that the Country is way better! The world just feels so much bigger when you live out in the middle of nowhere. Plush you get to do alot of stuff you can’t do in the city, like own a bunch of animals, have big gardens, you can be loud without bothering your neighbors and the other few people who live out there are your friends who will always help you in a pinch. Of course, there are some disadvantages as well like the threat of forest fires, escaped horses that head towards town, wild animals that want to eat you, but if you make to hunting season you can eat them!πŸ˜‚

  2. It looks like you had a great time! If you ever want to stay at a ranch In Montana let me know!πŸ˜‰ There’s always plenty of earth shaking fun going on at Earthquake Ranch, but we welcome more any day! LOLπŸ˜‚

  3. I live in the suburbs of Chicago,, but we spend a lot of time in Kentucky.
    I definitely want to live in the country someday!!!

  4. I have lived in both and I can say 100% the country is way better!!! At least in Canada and the States. I have gone to Europe a few times and city living is a lot better their

  5. I live in the suburbs of a large city, but we are about ten minutes away from “the country.” I would say that I like the city, but I like the country too. Both have their pros and cons.
    Ranches are so fun! I worked on one for a few months, and I really enjoyed it. Western riding is a lot different from English riding though, isn’t it?

    • That’s true, there are definitely pros and cons to both the city and country. Your time on a ranch sounds fun πŸ™‚
      Yes, Western and English riding are very different, especially the posture and low hands. I really enjoyed the opportunity to give it a try!

  6. I wish I lived in the country! I miss having a huge garden and climbing trees. I would love to go western horse riding! Sounds like you had a great time Mrs Hedgcock!

  7. I live in-between. My best friends live on a farm, and they have four horses. We ride both Western and English, but I must say I prefer Western. I prefer the Country, because you have more freedom with animals, and I love animals. Plus, it’s quiet and not many people bother you. Haha.

  8. I love the country! I’ve lived in it most of my life, and I enjoy having animals. I like the space; as a general rule the neighbors are nice, and you have the opportunity to do things that people don’t do if they live in the city. I think you rely on yourself more on a farm. And it puts things in perspective somehow.

    I would never want to live in town. There are too many people, and no privacy. At least in my opinion : )

  9. I live with my family more “out in the country” than we were a few years ago πŸ™‚ It’s kinda in-between as well πŸ˜‰ But yes– I prefer the country over the city…just because it’s much more freeing to be out where there’s less congested housing, and you can actually see the stars at night and the sunrise and sunset each day πŸ™‚ Also, the fields across the highway from our house are the domain of a herd of cattle, so we have a lot of fun just hearing them “mooing” and seeing them mill around or go crazy πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€
    That sounds like you had a fantastic time, Miss Hedgcock!! πŸ˜€ The pictures are beautiful!!! Ranching sounds like so much fun πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  10. We live in the country (though not as country as some). The country is the best place to live. Hands down. Never in my live have I had so many animals!

  11. I live in a small town, but I like the country better! There’s so much more room there than in the city, fresher air, and animals. πŸ™‚
    Great pictures! It looks like you had fun.

  12. I live in the suburbs, but I would LOVE to live in the country! If I did, I would be saving up for a horse instead of a car πŸ™‚ My sisters say they would want 5 dogs and 5 cats if we lived on a ranch, but I would rather have 7 horses (one for each member of our family)

  13. That looks so awesome Caitlin! I have lived in both and I think there are positive and negative aspects of both. I love the quiet restfullness of the woods and fields, and yet find myself enjoying the bustle of the city as well.
    I’ve only really ridden Western style, but I’ve always wanted to try English! Great pictures!

  14. Looks like you had fun in America!
    I live in the country on 50 acres with cows, chickens, dogs, cats, turkeys, and sheep, and we’ve had a goat and many pigs in the past. I’m glad we live out here where there’s plenty of room for me and my nine (and counting!) siblings to run around, as well as my German Shepherd. I’ve lived in the city before, in the capital of Oregon, so I know what its like. I prefer country!
    p.s. are you working on your next book yet? πŸ˜‰

  15. I prefer the country although I’ve never really lived in the city so I don’t know for sure. We have goats too and they chew up everything. You would think in the country you would be able to climb trees. We have 12 acres that are mostly woods and we don’t have single tree that is good for climbing. Pine trees don’t really count cause they’re covered in sap and spiders. *shivers*

    • Yuck! I know what you mean Andy, because I like climbing trees too, but the only time I can is if we go to a park or something. And, most trees are covered in ants this time of year. 😦

  16. I love country life because you have more land, you can be outside more and enjoy the beautiful things God has given us to enjoy. My family and I can’t wait till your next book is out!

  17. I live in the country, close the big city Toronto, in Canada. We had ten in our family, and we’ve gotten acres. I like the country better because the air is fresher, and it always has beautiful scenes. I’ve never lived in the city, but seeing the cities that’s close to us, I know that I can never bear to live there.
    Miss Hedgcock, I thank you ever so sincerely for writing the Baker Family Adventures!

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