Thursday, November 20, 2008

Morning in the Barn or Ridding the World of Sh**

Hey, this might not be a pretty picture but it demands lots of minutes in my day. Yep, it's the manure spreader. I remember when we bought it new as a Christmas present to ourselves. The chain in the old one would break and someone would have to climb in to fix it. My city folk friends, the chain runs along the floor......
So what I do is push the wheel barrow up the wooden ramp. I'm not steady enough anymore to actually walk up it, so I walk along side, push it up, and tip the whole thing over. Shorter folks like Beth don't have arms long enough to do it. (But it's rather fun to watch them try)
I had this interesting comparison/metaphor this morning. I sort of dump all my sh**y feelings and thoughts into that spreader. Maybe we could do away with therapy if we could all dump poop everyday.
I'm sure you are asking yourself how many loads do I dump daily. Let's see, 4 horses @ 1 load each, and 16 alpacas for 2 more = 6 trips up the ramp every morning.
But you will see why it's all worth it in the next two pictures:

Here are two of the four horses greeting me. Each one has a distinctive morning nicker. I tell myself that it's because they are glad to see me, but know they want their morning hay.
On the left is Abbey, a now 30 year old Appendix Quarter Horse (that means that she has Thoroughbred in her). We bought her as a 2 year old for my middle daughter, Nikki. They did it all - Jumping, Dressage, Western, Trail (well, sort of, Abbey was a little flighty). She gives me the best nicker. Beyond Abbey is Ivan, my big guy. He is a Percheron/Thoroughbred cross and we specialized in Dressage and a little Jumping.

And down at the end of the aisle are the boys. The girls' pens are in the indoor arena just behind the gray guy, Gunny. The handsome Gold fellow is Polaris (Lars), our herd sire. The rest are "fiber boys" Gelded and fiber producers.
20. I depend so much on my two dogs for company. They are at the groomer's right now. Their last appointment was on the day of Smitty's funeral, so they have been here constantly since then. It was awful walking back in to an empty house this morning. Well, Riley Cat was here, but, frankly, he's not much company. How awful it must be for folks who have nothing live waiting for them at home.


Critter Lover said...

Shoveling sh*# and animals ARE good therapy and stress relievers!!! The way I look at it is, picking manure out of a stall by yourself is "Individual Therapy". Cleaning the barn with a buddy? Now that is my kind of "Group Therapy"!!! My dog has the therapist thing turned around however, because SHE is always the one on the couch! We are inseparable however....

Glad you got some new pictures up Maple. I like to check your blog every day to see what you are up to...and to see the critters of course!


Gina - RoseThistleArtworks said...

Awww, what sweethearts! Your Abbey looks so much like my thoroughbred cross 30 year old boy, Whiskey (he came with the name).

I love seeing Polaris and Gunny, too!

I'd rather be scooping poop out among our animals than chained to a desk wearing nylons that are riding down and dealing with paperwork any day. The Poop Scoopin Boogie. LOL

DD#2 said...

Hi Mom! Wow, just the thought of life without animals. . . can't even imagine it! Thanks again for taking Izzy to the day spa:) She looks (and smells) great! Had one of your car moments -- thankfully, it was only a moment. It's nice that we live so close:)

Prairie Daisy Handspun said...

Yeah, it's a dirty job, but just think of all the exercise you're getting! :)

Zuleika said...

It's a dirty job, but surely an interesting one. I wish I could come and help you out! :-)

vtknitboy said...

you should sell the poop! it's fabulous garden fertilizer (the alpaca stuff can be put right on the garden with no aging - the horse poop needs to age with other stuff).

i love the concept of visualizing dumping your mental poop with the tangible--or actual-- stuff! xox chris