The Purpose of A Horse

| 8/1/2012 5:58:32 AM

Recently my husband confessed he wanted a horse. 

"I've always wanted a horse," he said. 

We've been married almost 12 years, and this was certainly news to me.

"What's the point of a horse?" I asked.

I, for the record, am not a horse person. My plan was to fill our farmstead with animals who would provide us with food in return for their feed bill, not simply look pretty while standing in a pasture.

"Seriously? You want a horse?" I asked again.

Mushrif Webmistress
11/14/2012 9:48:55 AM

Lovely Jasper! You can never have enough loving homes for horses. Long may your husband and his boy be happy together!

8/2/2012 1:42:50 PM

Amy, your conclusion is correct about horses. Their function on a homestead is pretty much nothing more than a pet. There are dogs and cats which can have some protective and mouse control but horses are to be ridden to patrol, view, and enjoy riding around the homestead. They certainly can eat a lot and produce a lot of waste which, by the way, is one of the best fertilizers for the garden compost pile. Many old timer's cold frames used horse manure to heat up the frame while growing their tender plants for the garden in the spring. Horse manure and rabbit waste are two of the best natural fertilizers a gardener can find. So there is an up side to the practical gardener in you. :0) Have a great day in the garden.