Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Dirty work

Today marked the third day that I've mucked stalls in exchange for my horse's board. I used to clean my own stall daily at the first barn I had him at, so I knew it was dirty and often time-consuming work, but I have to say that getting caught up on everything the previous muckers weren't doing has made it even dirtier!

On Monday and Tuesday I cleaned stalls in the evenings. I found the biggest drawback to that is that by the time the temperature starts cooling off, the bugs are out en force. Today, however, I discovered a bigger no-no: mucking stalls at mid-afternoon on a day that is 90-plus degrees... Particularly when you haven't had much to eat all day.

All in all, though, I don't mind the work. I rather enjoy having a chance to interact with all the horses a little more, and I like knowing that I'm providing the horses with a cleaner — and therefore safer and healthier — environment than what they were getting before! (And the free board ain't half bad, either!) I'm going to try doing the work in the morning, before it gets too hot, and see if the bugs are a little better then, too.

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