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To market to market

I am a city girl transported to the country, but always, I have thought, retaining some of the city inside. Today I was told that I am becoming a farmer. The reason was hay and just how much one little cob and one small pony seemed to have consumed over this last, cold winter. My hay was delivered – and stacked! – last summer. Now it is running out, the grass is not growing enough and anyway I will be on laminitis watch with Rosie over the next few weeks. So today meant a trip to the local mart, to check out the hay on offer, make sure I got a good price and stuff as much as I could into the trailer.

Like this.


Mission accomplished. Price is still horrendous, €4.50 a bale. He had started by asking for €5. He managed to persuade another customer to help me stack the bales, while he merely tossed them down from his lorry. They both managed to persuade me that I could safely drive home like this. I successfully dodged a bull that got loose among the jeeps and trailers that were thronging the car park. And home I went, to unload and stack at home, with a patient husband helping. Who needs the gym when they have ponies at home?

And all that great loading work I did with Ben? He saw me hitching up the trailer and disappeared to the far side of the track, herding Rosie in front of him at the gallop.



Filed under General, stable management