By Pamela Beers
Did you pick your favorite word describing horse excrement from my last article called Bumper To Bumper Traffic: The Back End Of a Horse? If not, you better go back and read it. Time's a wastin'.
Here is the prize list:
1. Spend a day mucking stalls (shoveling horse doo-doo) in the arctic cold. In the cold winter months horse manure can be used as golf balls. Your local golf course will love it. You can play golf and fertilize the fairway at the same time. Make sure you wear old clothes and take a hot shower when you're done. Leave your smelly clothes in a separate room so as not to contaminate the rest of the house.
2. Pick poop out of a horse's feet (all four of them). If the horse doesn't feel like picking up a foot you may be in trouble. It could get exciting.
3. Remove dried mud from a 1200 pound horse, which has spent a good portion of the day outside, rolling and grinding cool wet mud into it's coat, while you have been working all day to pay board so the horse can do this.
4. Last, but not least, spend a few days in traction because one of those magnificent, powerful beasts decided to kick up it's heels because of feeling happy (mud bath) and frisky due to all the food and treats it consumes. What's a few days in traction!? Just think...you can get time off from work.
Out of the four prizes listed above, which one did you choose? Let me know and I'll make sure you get in touch with one of our local stable owners. Don't delay. You'll want to make sure someone else doesn't claim your favorite prize.
Pamela Beers is a freelance writier, educator, and horse trainer. The last two articles are excerpts taken from Pam's book, "I Am Whispering, But My Horse Won't Listen: Training From An Equine Perspective". Visit her website at http://www.pamelabeers.com for writing and marketing tips.