"If there’s a world here in a hundred years, it’s going to be saved by tens of millions of little things. The powers-that-be can break up any big thing they want. They can corrupt it or co-opt it from the inside, or they can attack it from the outside. But what are they going to do about 10 million little things? They break up two of them, and three more like them spring up!"
- Pete Seeger, in YES! Magazine

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Scoopin' Poop - LOTS of poop

The project:
Shovel manure for an hour in horse stall clean out.

An hour.

Why bother?
I've been helping at the arena where my daughters ride. Originally, it was something to do while I waited, then it became a trade for my own horseback riding fix, but when my horse got injured while I was in charge, the chore reverted back to simple good deeds.

Today's effort involved extra elbow grease. Bees have been moved to the ranch, and they made themselves at home by swarming throughout the stalls nearest their (not-so-close) hives. The horses had to be moved to some vacant stalls across the ranch.

Today, I cleaned out the three stalls my charges were in last week, then started the dirty work in the "new" location. Apparently, whoever was using this area last didn't believe in mucking out. After seven very large wheelbarrow loads of manure from two of the stalls, and an hour spent all totaled, it was time for me to call it a day. Children waiting, other obligations, and the pile's not going anywhere. Ah...a deed for another day.

Worth it?
Honestly, I wish I were still riding in trade. But I'm glad to be doing something helpful around the place while the girls enjoy their rides and lessons. And today's clean out REALLY made a difference. Can't wait to see it all completed!

Photo courtesy Ed Mitchell under Creative Commons License.

1 comment:

  1. Your are a better woman than I am. I cleaned chicken coops as a kid and the work was a big yuck! I will stick with the doggie poop clean up ;-)



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