Thursday, April 2, 2015

SFTS Blog Hop: Happy Place

What barn and/or horse chores put you in your happy place?

For some of us, it's the feeling of methodically and meticulously cleaning tack. For others, it's the repetition of braiding a mane. For others, it's the quiet moments of filling the water buckets or sweeping the barn aisle after everyone has left for the night.
I love this particular topic, and actually I was thinking about posting about it this week anyway!

For me, it has to be sweeping the barn aisle. The first barn I ever worked at was ob.sess.ive. in its attention to detail in that way, and I would sweep 3-4 times while doing chores to make sure I cleaned as I went. I found a rhythm and a happiness in the way I worked. There was a particularly awesome Lab mix dog at that barn, too, who would chase the little bits of hay if I swept particularly vigorously. We made it our little game.

Even now, there is something absolutely hypnotic about a good broom and a long barn aisle. Getting the turn just right, getting the finish flick just right, overlapping your strokes in just the right way. I love it.


  1. Mmm I do love sweeping the barn myself. For me it's gotta be grooming through, I am totally addicted to a thorough, lengthy, grooming session.

  2. interesting! sweeping is actually one of the first chores i foist off if child labor is available (that and water bc muddy hoses are the worrrrssssst)...

    but give me an aisle that needs to be *raked* and not swept, and i'm alllll over it (herringbone pattern and everything)

  3. Sweeping really IS relaxing. Raking, not so much (to me).


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