How do you know if your love is true? Bring your potential sweetheart to the barn. First, there’s the environment: flies and the sniff test. Next, comfort level around half-ton animals with strong instincts that may or may not be in a human’s best interests. (For more about those instincts, go to pg. 28.) It takes a special breed to put up with the habits of a horse person. We are perpetually late because we were at
the barn. We are almost always covered in some form of dirt, hay, hair ... or worse.
We do clean up well, but it takes time and effort, which are often in short supply.
Our best barn buddies often wouldn’t recognize us in clean clothes with our hair
done. We spend ridiculous amounts of time and money on our horses and their
accoutrements. We will serve up a half-dozen custom selected supplements with
scientific precision for our precious ponies, but you are sure to catch us eating
cereal for dinner at 10 p.m.
The above profile might not draw dates like flies to a muck pile, but that’s OK.
All it takes is that one special person to appreciate our brand of crazy. Horse-
crazy, that is.I loved hearing about this from the perspective of a bona fide, 24-year
veteran horse husband. For a love story that horse people can appreciate, check out
“Hook, Line & Sinker” on pg. 16.
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