OH, THE MEMORIES! From my life in Mudboots….
City Girl, knee deep in Country
I’ve come to embrace the fact that my life has a life of its own. Attempting to control, direct or plot a course in life is like trying to lasso a chicken! I’m a city girl. I know the hustle and bustle of city streets, mimosa brunches and stilettos. Imagine my surprise to find myself a horse rancher, standing on the porch in mudboots!
A year later and the dogs (obviously city dogs) are sitting on either side, looking up at me like, “Um…are you sure about this?” Heck NO! (They’re not having any of it and want back in to the couches and air conditioning.)
Being in culture shock for a year, you’d think by now it’d be darn near impossible to surprise me but as a general rule and on a daily basis you’ll hear these words, “WAIT! WHAT?” That’s exactly what I was thinking right about the time our mare, Cash, was about to foal. (That means to give birth. Surprised I know this? Yeah? Me too!)
I had become aware that once the birth was complete, I’d have to hang out a couple hours for the delivery of the placenta. Yep, that face you just made….I made that too! Now get this, I have to inspect it to make sure it’s complete. WAIT! WHAT?
Ahhh… first… EW! Secondly, I’m feeling like this is going to take a hazmat suit , goggle’s and some tongs. (Barf bag, a given) I am unprepared and most importantly, how the heck am I gonna know if it’s complete?!?! I’m certainly not climbing up the horses wazoo with a flashlight to make sure!
I’m virtually made of questions! Do I have to save this thing for the vet? And, in what would I store it until the vet comes, Tupperware? I draw the line at putting it in the fridge!
This whole experience has had some interesting effects on Cashes and my relationship. In some ways it’s been very bonding but at times awkward….seriously, I’ve felt her up like 3 times tonight already. We aren’t even making eye contact anymore.
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