I live and work on my family's farm. We have about 20 head of beef cattle (thank Heaven they're self sufficient for the summer!), 2 horses, 18 chickens, and I don't know how many barn cats (they move so darn fast... going by the amount of cat poop I sift out of my horse sawdust pile, maybe 50+?? Lol.). We put in our own hay in the summer, usually over 1200 square bales to keep the cows happy all winter, plus the horses till the following summer. Two stalls get cleaned daily if the boys are turned out, 2x if they're in all day. I am my arena crew (constant rock picking, dragging, raking, and fence checking). Until this summer, we had to run buckets from the creek outside to water the horses in the barn! (Now we have a 350 gallon water tank and a hose!) I wouldn't trade a minute of it! Just today, my dad (jokingly) offered to give me a diploma from his Farm Hand Academy if I would hang around here instead of going back to college in the fall, lol.
A stubborn horse walks behind you, an impatient one in front of you, but a noble companion walks beside you ~ Unknown