Mucking Out

As they say around here “Sh** happens… Then somebody clears it up”. The trouble is, that when that somebody can’t see, the whole operation takes about three times longer than it should.
Actually dealing with the poo isn’t too difficult
. Find it by carefully searching with feet, pick up with hands, deposit in bucket. I do of course wear sturdy gloves for this. It works brilliantly. It’s easy to carry the loaded bucket to the muck heap and empty the contents . Unless of course you drop said bucket while in the act of emptying it, and it rolls off down the far side of the muck heap, lost until a pair of functioning eyes can come and find it for you!

The more challenging bit is dealing with the wet bedding. I have to go through the entire bed with a fine tooth comb, well, OK, a shavings fork actually, in order to find the wet bits. I use wood pellet bedding. It clumps together when it gets wet, like sugar when you put a wet spoon in it. So it’s easy to tell what’s’s just looking for it that takes the time.
My wheelbarrow driving skills are pretty lamentable too.pushing it in front of me in the conventional way is pretty much a recipe for disaster . It’s easier to pull it behind me. It’s even easier though, to get Hal to empty it for me.
Last winter, because of all the surgery, Hal took over mucking out. Now though I am back in charge. The girls are out full time now. So I only have to muck out when they’ve been stood in . However, I still have to approach it in the same way. It’s hard, but it’s strangely rewarding.i just wish I could do it quicker. On many professional yards grooms are expected to be able to muck out 4 horses in 1 hour. Yesterday I did 3 in 2 1/2hours! So my aim for this coming winter is to get it below 2 hours. I’ll keep you posted.

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