The Virtues of Sloth

Work: PM heat therapy/EVE grooming planned.
Report: Nicely quiet. Improvement over last time [Caution Feral Horse].

Ramblings for the Day: Do you get points if you do the right thing for the wrong reason? Between regularly scheduled programming, weather, & a house crisis, I did not get to the barn for 3 days last week, outside of morning feed and the occasional carrot check. Mind you, the barn is 200 feet from my front door.

This works for two reasons. One) I have a wonderful, supportive, horse husband who does the evening feed and keeps an eye on the horses. He originated the carrot check idea. Two) we have arranged a low-maintenance barn. The horses live out 24/7 in one pasture with a 100-gallon water trough and a run-in shed. No stalls to clean, no horses to shift, no buckets to fill.

In the past, I have claimed an aversion to stalls on a philosophical basis [Think Like a Horse]. I do think being stalled is unnatural for a horse. In this case, theory dovetails nicely with inclination. I don’t like doing stalls. I’m slow at them and tend to overbed, making the next day that much harder. So I don’t do them. Therefore, due to laziness on my part, my horses benefit from living closer to their natural state.

How long does your horse go before reverting to Wild Stallion of the Plains?

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  1. I had a barn with stalls with dutch doors to the outside. And a huge run in shed. All doors left open for three seasons (winter in New Jersey, I boarded at a barn with an indoor), I never cleaned a stall either. Picking the run in shed wasn’t bad, as I could toss it straight into the front end loader. Add heavy machinery and any farm chore is a joy. 😉

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