|PC: Lisa Brezina, Baby Girl E 2017|
|PC: Lisa Brezina, Ember 2016|
Unfortunately for us the rain has reappeared and the arena is sloppy. I still made Comrade work, but it does not make for great writing. So I am going to talk about forks.
Manure forks, apple pickers, picks, what ever you call them are an essential part to having horses. And if you are anything like me, you have one you prefer. Due to market changes we are sometimes forced to try new ones. Here are the three I have used recently, Future Fork, Farm Fork, and Noble Outfitters Wave Fork.
This fork my sister got us from Big Dee's for $25 (head only) and my Dad put handles on. The design is suppose to make it virtually indestructible. So far ours still survive. Mom uses this pick daily. I am picky and think the tines are too pointy, but overall the tine spacing and weight allow for good use. They also sell an adjustable handle to go with the head.
Noble Outfitters Wave Fork
I have been interested in this fork since it came out and finally decided to buy one for just under $50. Wave fork parts are all replaceable, making breaking a tine less painful. They let you pick tine colors, for those with specific barn colors, and have a two piece handle. The fork is very lightweight which pleases Peggy. The only cons are that the tines are spaced slightly wider, hard to pick small pieces, not as see sturdy feeling and the handle occasionally twists open. I really like that the nut/bolt assembly to attach the head and handle have a rubber coating to allow for a tight connection. I seriously cannot stand a wobbly fork.
As nice as the other two are, I stick with the old Future Fork. The angle works, tines spaced well and they are about $13. Larry and I both use these forks, though his is wobbly. We also have the small version in the trailer.
We have a fine tine fork in the hay stall. It is too heavy for normal use. Same goes for the Wonder Fork. The Super Fork, we gave away since none of us could stand the awkward angle. And finally, the trusty metal pitch fork is there for the tough jobs.
Anyone else picky about forks?