Day 48 of Firsts: Shovel Horse Manure

18 Feb

There is just as much horse sense as ever, but the horses have most of it. ~Author Unknown

Some days I really don’t know what my First is going to be. I just let it find me. Today I was working on a story when I ended up in a horse barn and an acre of land right in the middle of NE Philadelphia.   Hmmm…I’m thinking this is so cool.

I’ve ridden horses before so that’s not a first. I’ve certainly been in horse barns.  Then Jackie Gross who owns the barn tells me they’re about to start mucking.  OOOH good.  What’s mucking??? Sounds like a first.

I think my photographer Bob Ertel is laughing because he knows exactly what Mucking isOh the outfit?? They loaned it to me.  Sweet.  I start to learn just how much fun this is going to be here.

The task?  Put clean straw in one pile and put the straw with manure and urine in the wheel barrow.  Maybe it’s not a first. I think I have some experience shoveling horse *&^(. Just not in a horse stall.)

Look at the clean stall!  I’m so proud. Patti Cianflone is showing me the way.

But I’m not done yet.  Time to put down fresh straw.

I’m sure Pogo  the pony was pleased with my work.

Well, I lost an earring, tore my tights, slopped around in mud and manure and smelled like horses when I left.   Nice. I  feel like a natural, earthy, crazy woman.  Very happy to shovel you know what today.   


4 Responses to “Day 48 of Firsts: Shovel Horse Manure”

  1. samuri February 18, 2010 at 4:55 pm #

    Lu Ann,

    I love the videos. I’ve been trying to keep up! I can’t wait for the next outrageous adventure, I hope it’s going well (and I hope you don’t lose any more earrings!)

    Cheers (and the best of luck),


  2. Yeshuazgirl February 18, 2010 at 5:47 pm #

    Hi Lu Ann,
    You are a delight and great sport! It was a pleasure to meet you and teach you how to “muck” you did a wonderful job!

    Thanks so much for your help! Maybe you can come back to ride one day when the weather breaks 🙂

    All The Best to You!!!


  3. Lu Ann February 19, 2010 at 3:37 am #

    I really did have a good time. Can’t explain why in the world it should be a good time. I’ll be back to ride.

  4. Tina Feigh March 3, 2010 at 1:07 pm #

    Hi Lu Ann, LOVE this Video :o) Maybe you can come to Denmark and work for me in my stable ;o)

    Tina in Denmark

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