Shovel manure for an hour in horse stall clean out.
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.
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.
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