I love my son but that doesn’t change the fact that he is weird. Very weird. Who else do you know that would actually get excited about a day spent shoveling horse manure? Well, my kid did and he was happy as a pig in, well, manure.
As I wrote in yesterday’s blog, the folks we bought our place from had three horses here, and when they were getting ready to clean everything up for us, I asked them to just leave all of the manure in the stalls and where it was piled up outside of the barn because our son Travis wanted it for fertilizer for his gardens.
Yesterday Travis came over and spent most of the day cleaning out the stalls and shoveling everything out of the barn. That was a lot of crapola!
But before we started on that project, we first took the mower deck off of my Kubota tractor. I won’t need it for a while yet, until the grass starts growing in our pasture, and in the meantime, it was in the way when using the tractor for other things.
I’d read the owner’s manual a couple of times but I still couldn’t quite figure out how to make the quick-release work for the tractor. Thanks to YouTube, we found a video that took us right through the steps, making it pretty easy.
It looks a lot better with the mower deck off, and it definitely handles better.
After Travis had everything shoveled out of the barn, we used the bucket loader on the tractor to fill the back of our Ram pickup. I was a little nervous about that, but with Travis standing in the bed of the truck guiding me, and going slow and taking my time, we got it loaded without any problems. Have you ever seen somebody look so happy standing in a pile of horse poop?
By the end of the day we wound up taking two truckloads of manure over to Travis and Geli’s house, and we have one more to go today. Geli said I am getting so much better with the tractor that we might be able to make a country boy out of me one of these days. This was a win-win situation because Travis wanted the manure and I wanted the barn cleaned out. Even better, he and Geli did all the physical work and I just drove the tractor and the truck.
They say every cloud has a silver lining, and I guess that even included the cloud of manure dust we kicked up yesterday. Whatever it was, I’m glad I was able to capture this view over our place yesterday afternoon.
And finally, here’s a chuckle to start your day from the collection of funny signs we see in our travels and that our readers share with us.
Thought For The Day – Nutrition fact – if you drink a gallon of water every day you won’t have time for other people’s drama, because you will be too busy peeing. Stay hydrated, my friends.
About 1983 i bought a barn-full of horse -omg – yes!
Great thought and great results; except the the ‘johnson grass’, joseph grass etc
It tripled my pecan production on 2 trees and i had a good garden. The big but is horse vs cow manure is #1 #2 #3 – WEED CONTROL.
GET A ROLL OF BLACK PLASTIC AND COOK IT!
The best sign we ever saw on a DQ sign was “Scream till Daddy stops!”
Fi you’re going to do a lot of pick-up loading get a LoadHandler Pick up Unloader, they really work well.