I'd rather do barn work than house work. I can't explain why. The barn work is not any easier. There's just something about a barn. It has a friendly, homey atmosphere, and that's where I spent this morning.
I gave all three horses a thorough grooming - for the first time since my knee surgery. They really need a good bath, but I'm not sure I'm up to that yet. I've decided this knee surgery was a good thing after all. My recovery is coming along, and I'm getting back to doing some of the things I used to enjoy before my knees got so bad I was always looking for a place to sit down.
Grooming a horse is a satisfying thing because a horse likes being groomed. As much as I love dogs and cats, I can't say that I ever got the feeling that they enjoy being groomed. The dogs I've had were never the least bit cooperative when I got out the grooming tools. And Teche, our cat, will endure being brushed for just so long before he lets you know he's had enough.
Horses - like people - are built differently. Tesoro has a skimpy mane, but a thick tail. Rocky has a long luxurious mane and a not-so-thick tail while Fay's mane and tail are about the same thickness.
Tesoro stands patiently while I brush him, even leaning into the brush somtimes as if to say it's OK for me to brush a little harder. Rocky's mane is so long it's prone to getting knots and tangles. Sometimes getting them all brushed out is quite a challenge.
Both the boys stand pretty still while they're being groomed. It's another story with Fay. Fay is the most curious of the three. She's got to know what's going on, and sometimes that requires changing position. If she hears a boat passing on the bayou, she must look in that direction. If she catches a glimpse of the kids across the street jumping on their trampoline, she's got to turn so she can see. A top-notch horse trainer would say that I shouldn't put up with her moving around, and maybe I shouldn't. But it's due to curiousity and not for any malicious purpose, so I move with her. I'm as curious as she is.
When the grooming was finished, I put hay in the outside racks and turned the horses out in the pasture. Then I filled the sink in the barn aisle with hot soapy water and let the grooming brushes and tools soak while I cleaned stalls. Then it was back to the sink to rinse the brushes. I set them on a stool in the sun to dry. I don't want to give the impression that I clean grooming tools daily. I don't clean them often enough, so it was a job that was long overdue.
Jerry took the box fans out of the stalls so we can clean them and store them for the winter. In the summer, when it's 98 degrees, the horses appreciate a little breeze in their stalls. Well, Rocky and Fay appreciate it. Tesoro tolerates it, but he lets you know he doesn't like that darn fan by snorting and going to a corner of the stall that doesn't get too much of the breeze from the fan.
Spiders love the barn. They think we built it for them. I spent some time brushing down their cobwebs with a broom. I hate spiders! I just can't think of anything useful about a spider. OK, I guess they snare a few mosquitos in their webs - but not enough to put up with cobwebs all over the place. A wren perched on a rafter and fussed at me while brushed down the cobwebs. If it was spring, I'd think she must have a nest somewhere in the barn and was afraid it would be knocked down with the cobwebs. But do wrens nest in the autumn? I don't know.