While I did chores on Monday, I let my mind start to wander. I thought of all the times I've done chores over the years: all the horses I've lead in and out, all the water buckets I've dumped and filled, all the sweeping I've done.
I started to do the math: how many stalls have I mucked over the years?
The first time I had a regular shift of chores was January 2006 - August 2007. Let's say that before that time, I had done ~25 stalls at summer camp and at miscellaneous riding barns before I owned Tristan.
That regular shift did not include mucking out, but it did include picking stalls. Let's say that 3 stalls picked = 1 stall mucked. Let's say that I did 100 days of work during that time; it was a 30 stall barn. So that's 1000 stalls during that time. I also did ~30 days of actual stall mucking, averaging 8 stalls per shift, so there's another 240.
From August 2007 - May 2013, believe it or not, I did not do a regular chore shift. I mucked stalls occasionally: when I wanted to pitch in by doing Tristan's, when I took him off property, or when I was helping a friend. More often I picked out Tristan's stall. Let's say during those 6 years I mucked ~50 stalls.
Since May 2013, I have done probably 40 or so days of work, averaging 8 stalls each time. So there's 320 more stalls.
All told, that adds up to 1,635 stalls mucked in my lifetime. That seems really, really low, actually!
What about you? How many stalls do you think you've mucked out in your lifetime?