Gulchin’ ain’t easy.

My neighbors D&L are … how shall I put this? … particular people. They like things the way they like things, and mostly the way they like things is labor-intensive. This is not a personality trait with which I fully mesh.

Case in point…


Several sets of neighbors keep horses, or have in the past. I have helped with those horses in numerous cases, sometimes as-needed and sometimes full-time, so I know how much work most people actually put into their horses. In most cases, it’s not 13 hours in a day. Seriously:

6 am: First feeding.
8:30 am: Clean corrals, check/fill water troughs, groom horses. If needed, empty tractor bucket of horse manure.
11 am: Lunch. Clean corrals.
4 pm: Dinner. Clean corrals. Prepare hay for midnight snacks.
7 pm: Midnight snacks.

This daily schedule doesn’t include training, exercising, and … you know, things like using the horses.

With both D & L now laid up for probably a substantial period of time, the basic minimum schedule now falls on me. I’m not normally a praying man – but it’s a two-mile round trip and I expect that by the end of next week I’ll be praying to whatever gods care to listen for speedy recoveries all around.

D tells me that L did indeed break her hip pretty good yesterday. She’s scheduled for surgery this morning, so I hope to know more later today.

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9 Responses to Gulchin’ ain’t easy.

  1. Ben says:

    I’ve had a bit too much experience with broken hips:

    There are two basic ways that hips break, and sometimes it’s impossible to know which is which. First is the obvious one; we slip or trip or stumble and break the hip on impact. The other one just doesn’t seem fair: the hip just fails on its own, leading to the fall. Either way, you end up helpless on the ground.

    From what you tell us, L is a “force of nature “. Those are exactly the types of people who recover from broken hips and get on with their lives.

  2. Joseph Robert Mahoney says:

    They sound like my Father towards the end while he had horses. They were treated like large dogs and lived better lives than many humans. With less riding earning their keep from a glue factory.

  3. Mike says:

    I hope for her sake, that L really is a “force of nature“ because 20% to 30% of the over 65 crowd never recover from a broken hip. It all depends upon how her body reacts to the brake.

  4. Joel says:

    I’m hoping for force of nature but everything breaks down with repeated stress. Normally I’d predict that she’ll get through this fine but times aren’t normal. She’s coming off cancer surgery followed by months of chemotherapy, and now this. I’m quite worried.

  5. Jim Price says:

    Do D&L not have any family who can come help while they’re on the mend? That’s supposed to be one of the trade-offs of taking care of your kids while they’re young.

  6. Joel says:

    I know they have family, including grown offspring. None of my business.

  7. Tree Mike says:

    Horses don’t need that much maintenance. They could do fine with two feedings and one shit clean up. For what they want, that much travel and hassle, $50 a day would be the good buddy deal (but still too cheap). They have unrealistic expectations. Yes I cared for horses for years. Oh yeah, lest ye forget, neither you nor you heep are spring chickens any more. Good luck. Really sorry about their bad fortune with health.

  8. SouthernNH says:

    I also kept horses for years. Much of that schedule may be that D & L, or one of them, just enjoy working and being with the horses. Many horses do better on multiple feedings, and with no grass, the hay might need to be doled out several times. I just put out several piles and went off to work, and cleaned when I got home. Grooming isn’t necessary, and the clean up only once a day, twice if you have fly problems. As someone helping out, I wouldn’t expect you keep their same schedule.

  9. Mark Matis says:

    Now if only you were horseable, one of them might provide a temporary Jeep replacement! With a saddle bag tor Tobie to ride in…

To the stake with the heretic!