I often visit Dr. Julia in Jacksonville and have adventures as Vet Ma, helping with horse chores and riding truck with her as she does her rounds. The area has had more rain this season than it has in 40 years according to the older generation. The pasture where she keeps her four horses is a sea of mud.
!. Arrive at pasture. Try not to get truck stuck in the mud.
2. Squeeze size 9.5 feet into daughter’s size 8 boots.
3. Wade to feed room. Fill two buckets with grain.
4. Wade to pasture. Approach small herd of excited, rowdy horses eagerly waiting to be fed. Try not to be anxious.
5. Put halter on old lady horse so she can be fed by herself outside the pasture. Try not to let her drag you through gate. Try to stay clean. Try not to be anxious. Try to shut gate.
6. Don’t let old lady horse knock over pail and eat grain meant for other horses. Scoop up spilled grain. Grab her and get her to her own pail.
7. Catch other three horses who have gone through open gate while you were catching old lady horse. Try not to panic. Try to keep them from eating grain meant for old horse.
8. Make a big deal about grain you still have left in pail. Wade out in pasture to feeding trough and hope horses follow. Dump grain in trough, make lots of noise doing it. Try to keep clean. Try to remain calm.
9. Get out of way when horses stampede to feeding trough. Try to remain upright in mud. Forget about clean.
10. Forget about feeding old lady horse by herself. She’s eatiing. Take halter off. Get back to gate, shut it.
11. Return pails to feed room. Remove muddy boots. Breathe sigh of relief.