With my husband now back in school (he's 52) I am the only one of the farm doing chores in the AM and I do most of them in the PM (we do have a great teenaged daughter who helps out).
I am up in the dark, at or before 6 AM, doing chores in the dark and getting to work, yup showered and everything, by 8 AM. I have the chores down pat to my system and can get 35 horses in their various pastures hay/grained and watered in less than an hour.
Anyway, I got to thinking this morning as I was haying the pastures in the dark how peaceful it is with the moon hanging out providing a guiding light and the horses (who are all outside still) nickering to me. They now know the new routine, which started in Sept, so they are all looking for me as I leave the house to get in the truck to start my day.
I cherish this time with them as the afternoons with training, lessons and getting chores done is more hectic. Thankfully I have always been very physically active so while my body is more tired from doing chores all by myself I am thankful that I have the time and ability to do so.
And yes, I even like cleaning stalls. Anyone else?
I love doing my morning and evening chores too. There is something about cleaning stalls, feeding my happy horses as I enjoy listening to them munch on their hay, and just being out early in the mornings and evenings. I'm also taking care of a herd of cows for my neighbor and as I've been doing this I've learned that even each cow has a different voice and personality. The morning and evening skies are beautiful and some days I'm lucky enough to see a few deer, sometimes the fox, and many beautiful birds so yes, I love doing my morning and evening chores too. Enjoy! Each day is a blessing to enjoy with our beloved creatures great and small.
I love barn chores! I don't have a barn of my own, but I am always volunteering to do stalls, scrub water buckets, sweep, whatever! There is something I just find very satisfying about it. Don't know what it is and don't necessarily want to. I just find it fun!
I enjoy doing stable work when I have the time to do it well, or don't feel like I'm sacrificing something else that would do just as well to have the extra attention. I am an RN, and work 12 hr shifts. We've got 7 horses at home, and it was getting to the point where I was spending much more time cleaning up manure than actually enjoying the horses. If I worked days, it was next to impossible to get the stalls done well - I'd leave for work by 6:20 am and not be home until close to 8 pm. That doesn't leave a lot of time, especially when you're looking at a 5:00 am wake up time to do it all again the next day. When working nights, I'd be able to do a better job, but was going without enough sleep.
We now have two fabulous women who come in to do stalls (by having two, the burden isn't too heavy on either one, and no one is responsible for stalls day in and day out.). I still do feeding and turnout, and really, really enjoy it. There is nothing nicer than standing in the clean barn at night, with only the nightlights on, listening to the horses eat their dinners.
I think the key is to not take on too much. If you keep everything manageable, looking after the horses is very enjoyable. If you try to take on too much, it is easy to resent the amount of time you spend on the drudgery without having any time for the good stuff, like actually spending time with the horses or getting out to ride.
I love them 3 months of the year...summer sucks, even at 8pm it is just too damn hot! But the rest of the year is so enjoyable..the quietness, the sound of birds and crickets. This morning I got to listen to the sand hill cranes and yesterday was treated to the sight of a large buck, a doe and a small buck, hanging around right outside my barn..they even layed down to nap and then they treated the horses to a little bit of deer porn..which the horses could have done without...I am sure they were wondering why the deer suddenly became 1 big deer!!
I enjoy doing the chores most of the time. Like Lori T, I hate it in the heat!
I wish I was a poet or had some way of putting into words the feeling of peace that walking through the pastures after feeding at dusk gives me...
I also enjoy that time. You get a gratifying feeling preparing a nice clean, bedded stall. I love those feeding nickers I get and then theres the fun of watching them kick it up when you turn them out. However, don't ask me after a snow or ice storm when I have to dig out the barns along with everything else
Yeah, I too like doing stalls and cleaning. I do all my chores at night. I do one stall, then bring both guys in to eat. The younger horse I let out in the aisle and put his feed bucket on the cement floor to eat near his bud while I do his stall. They keep me company and the younger one, when he finishes his dinner, wanders around exploring the barn.
I do hate doing waters. I'm meticulous about clean water buckets. I scrub our buckets every night and that gets tedious. (You know bring them out in the aisle over the drain, dump, scrub, rinse, fill, dump, fill and hang. One horse is a hay dunker so his are awful.) But you know, the cleaner the bucket, the more they drink so I do it.
Sorry! But that barn smell is my aromatherapy!
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The majority of the time I love doing chores get up early and do them just after dawn when the weather is nice. Enjoy watching mares and foals come up from the pastures, watch calfs frolic with each other smell the hay and corn silage. However when its -25 and theres a 30 MPH wind from the northwest, tractor doesn't start, water line is frozen, you can't even catch your breath, fingers go numb, and it takes 4 to 5 hours to do chores its not nearly so enjoyable.
I like doing them! Spent many years working at a boarding barn in exchange for riding. Cleaning stalls is a great time for thinking and pondering over things Many a problem has been worked out over a manure fork. I don't work in a barn right now but my friend does and when I go to visit I help her! I miss it and would take a part time barn job if my life wasn't already full and hectic.
I really do like cleaning stalls...its a great time to think! I turn on the radio and spend so much more time than necessasry to clean the stalls, scrub buckets, prep feed, throw hay down, sweep, tidy up, etc....should take an hour or 2 tops! no, i spend sometimes 4 or 5 hours out there! i just love it!
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I get to the barn every morning between 4:30 and 5:00... nothing like being up before the rest of the world - I love being there that early and doing my barn stuff before work. And every night - I love being there after work. Tonight - full moon, clear sky, stars everywhere, my two TB's happily eating grass while I get dinner and their stalls set up. Nothing like that either. Wouldn't trade my barn time for the world . I must like doing barn chores - who else would get up at that time 365 days a year even when the temps hit below zero in winter .
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I enjoy barn chores a lot. I only have two at home, so it's not like I'm breaking my back getting a billion stalls done. Two of my fave times of the day are morning chores and night "tuck in." I'm in the barn before sunrise, greeted with an ear splitting "Yay, human who gives food is here!" whinny...watching them walk outside and break into a trot towards the hay piles or grass paddock. Turning on the radio for the morning news while I clean stalls, scrub buckets, set up stalls for dinner, decobweb and sweep. Running back to the barn door when I hear the tell-tale noises of the turkeys coming down from the trees after their overnight roost...because it's fun to watch fat feather covered bowling balls flap out of trees and make the horses go . The walk back up to the house with the sun rising just over the roof, being joined on that walk by the two feral cats I feed. Lovely.
And the night time...same ear splitting whinny greeting as I pick stalls, toss hay and hang mush buckets. The eager head bobs as I toss them their cut up carrots and apples as their treat. The pats as I hang out for a few minutes to enjoy their munching noises. The walk back up to the house in the dark...tonight watching an almost full moon rise over the house and those same hungry feral cats watching from my deck waiting for dinner, being seranaded by the local coyotes and hearing the turkeys up in their favorite tree mumbling and fluttering as they settle in to sleep. *sigh* can't beat that with a stick.
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I enjoy doing stable work when I have the time to do it well, or don't feel like I'm sacrificing something else that would do just as well to have the extra attention.
Agreed! I also hate them when I am strapped for cash. For example, seeing how many shavings are being wasted, like little pieces of money just shredded up and urinated on. Having to dump out water, sweep up wasted feed or clear it out after it has been rejected and used as expensive bedding. Ah yes, those beloved choretime ponderings can become rather negative.
Doing chores for others, whether I'm getting paid or just helping out - I love it!
I have my boy at home with only 2 other horses. As long as I can do it my way, I love it. I enjoy it most when I am out there alone, especially in the morning. I am not a morning person, but don't mind the barn stuff in the am, as long as I don't have to talk to another person! I didn't realize it until someone else started showing up. I really enjoy the quiet with just the animals, and then a clean barn, happy horses munching hay.
I love barn chores because they have a beginning, a middle, and an end, and you are working for an appreciative audience ... they LIKE clean stalls and fresh food. This is so unlike the professional life I lived for so many years ... where the projects were done and re-done a thousand times, trying to satisfy senior manager egos. The fact I do chores every day is just the rhythm of life ... not busy work to meet political agendas.
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