Ramblings from the Desert

The man who trades freedom for security does not deserve nor will he ever receive either. ~Benjamin Franklin

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Location: New Mexico

Author of the urban fantasy novel, The Music of Chaos, and the paranormal romance, The Canvas Thief.

Sunday, October 09, 2005

Monday Horse Blogging

Horses are like hobbits: always eating.

Didja know? The average horse eats between 15 to 20 pounds of hay a day, depending on exercise and condition. He washes it down with 10 to 12 gallons of water a day. Unfortunately, horses are like big, inefficient SUVs. Only without the DVD package. While cattle have the multiple stomach thing happening, horses have one frequently malfunctioning digestive system.

The number one killer of horses--besides being shipped off in a can for fat Frenchmen--is colic, an umbrella term for any number of stomach upsets. Colic is also the number one source of college funding for veterinarians' children.

Anyway, most of that food and water comes shooting out of the back end in the form of big, inedible apples. (Well, one of my dogs thinks they're edible. I won't tell you which dog; guess when he/she gives you a big kiss on the face.) Might as well be flushing money down the toilet.

The big red toilet in the above picture is Nikster the wonder horse. Besides hay, he also eats "Warning, Horses are dangerous" liability signs.

Nikster's latest stupid horse-human trick: he picks up his ball, throws it and I catch it.

Not one stinky word. I finally got to see "Serenity" though. More on that after I escape work today.

Monday morning, ugh.


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