Very often the people we take for granted, are those closest to us. Unfortunately, when it comes to our horses this usually means those we share the stables or facilities with.
Looking after horses is often a long, tiring and thankless job. No one really thanks you for sweeping the yard, do they? However as menial a job as it seems, imagine if it wasn’t regularly done…! Not a pleasant picture, is it?
The other reason we can often be a little flippant with the people we meet at the stables is due to the fact that we are often rushing and racing. Get in, ride, leave; Not exactly the greatest way to build relationships and make people feel noticed and thanked.
So today, for Day 4 of the SfS 12 Days of Christmas Equestrian Challenge, we are bringing things back home ~ your horses home to be exact. What can you do around the stables, paddocks or fields that will make someone else’s day a little easier?
Can you muck out a few stables? Clean a saddle or three? Or even tackle the dreaded sweeping of the yard?! Maybe it might look like changing the blankets for your neighbours horse, so they don’t have to venture out in the cold to do it tonight. It could mean washing, drying and applying hoof grease to another persons horse. Think of things that definitely do not fall into the ‘enjoyable’ category of horse jobs!
Once you have completed your chosen chores, take a photo and post it online, using the hashtags so we can all give you a pat on the back ;)
Whether or not you choose to let the other person know what you’re up to will depend on what chore you choose. Obviously something like feeding or bringing in / turning out will have to be done with the owners or barn managers permission. However, I am sure very few people will object to an unauthorised sweep of the yard, muck out of the stables, or clean of the tack.
If you choose something that does not require special permission, perhaps saying nothing will be a bigger surprise for the person involved… Just put it down to the stable fairies paying a visit ;)
Remember to include the hashtags below when you share you handiwork, and you never know, you might just inspire someone else to do the same.
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