I blogged on April, 29, 2009 about my adventures with waste management and kittens. Lately, I've been challenging myself to take on even more crap. I started working as a volunteer a couple of days at week at Beech Brook Farm Equine Rescue, a farm that fosters and rehabilitates horses who would otherwise end up in a Mexican slaughterhouse. The farm has 10 rescue horses, 4 miniature donkeys, 1 mini-pony, 2 goats, a bunch of chickens and a barn cat named Shadow. The cause is noble, the work is daunting.
|Main Barn with Shadow the Cat as the Resident Greeter|
Thus far, my job at the barn is to muck out the stalls and paddock areas of the three barn areas and work with the horses as time and weather allows. The owners have "real jobs" so although they feed and water, they need help during the week. Beech Brook doesn't have the best set up I've seen; the property is on a steep, wooded hill, with upper, main and lower barns and paddocks carved out in the trees. Two of the areas are just three-sided shelters with paddocks. The only area I'd call a pasture is probably about an acre. The owners' home is nested in the middle of the hill, between the upper and lower barns.
|Upper Walk-in Barn|
|The Manure Pile|