Bowie, TX to Drayton, ND. Quite the trip. Most of a lot of nothing, but the Dakotas take the cake on nothing. Spectacularly nothingness. The rolling hills and landscape are all I need to let my mind wander and clear my thoughts. I don’t listen to the radio or anything. Crazy how the silence is so loud.
I’m super excited to be a complete grunt worker. Bottom of the totam pole for 3 weeks. 12 hour shifts every day we can work. Officially starts Oct 1. Better rest up I’m probably on the 8pm to 8 am shift being and newby and all.
Loving every minute of it. Bonded with amazing animals. Lanced a bowling ball size boil on a horse the second day. I’ve pulled a thorn out of a hoof and soaked the hoof in a bucket of water and epsom salt for a week till he stopped limping. Cared for a hurt shoulder on another. Fed musinex to one that still weezes. Found a dead pony and watched it decompose and disappear after only 11 days. Lost my dog to one of the trucks that barreled up our gravel road a couple weeks ago and also witnessed his decomposition and disappearance. I will forever miss my dog Steve. Hiked the property every other day to check on the 9 horses that stay in the back. Found amazing mushrooms, wild flowers, turtles, tarantula and huge garden spiders. Found three snakes in total, none rattled. Spent many days just talking to the horses and donkeys as I have been the only one here. Originally promised company of two other women, my only visitors were the farrier john and the feed girl Wendy whom only came 3 times each. I found the bone remains of multiple cattle that once roamed this property. I journalled most days and I am now passing the torch to Rodger tomorrow. I feel lucky to have had this amazing experience as the train whistles past as I write as if to say safe travels we will see you again soon!
Not the easiest situation. As i first said i don’t know THAT much about horses. Like dogs I just have a way with them. But when asked to catch, lead, wrangle a horse a challenge for an experienced horseman is near impossible for an amateur but no one even a trained horse person knows horses with out getting to know the individual horse.
I’m learning a ton. Starting with horses constantly hurt each other and themselves. Current case is a limping horse. I have extracted a thorn something only an ignorant newbie around horses probably would have done with out someone else around. My biggest challenge so far is I am one and these horses are huge strong and even limping surprisingly spire. Off to chase a horse with a bucket till the fierier gets here.