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  •  had to chuckle at this one - cuz i had to do just (6+ / 0-)

    that, today!

    You can lead a horse to water. You can make him drink.
    horses.  go figure.

    was cleaning sani's three (not one, not two, but THREE) large water containers (cuz he's picky... and one dehydration colic that almost killed him made ME picky about how much he drinks) - soooo

    i'm scooping with the pool skimmer net, making sure there's no algae (green pee, if there is - don't ask - think asparagus - coming from a horse) - and so i use clorox to kill the algae.  a few drops in 35 gallons - it works.

    now, horses are strange critters.

    they LOVE clorox!  

    the smell  (they'll stand and luxuriate in it while licking the air)

    the taste  (they'll fight to get to the container while you're cleaning it)

    the "freshness of the water (they'll go from bucket to bucket to find the perfect mix of water and clorox droplets - the more the merrier)

    but today, sani took the cake (or clorox!)

    i had a wee bit too much in the lid, so... as i am wont to do, i simply shook the rest out behind the water buckets.  

    what i see a few minutes later is my horse LICKING the pure clorox off the small green plant that he has heretofore totally ignored.  he's LICKING the damned thing - with this dreamy look on his face!

    now, imagine a VERY long face languidly ingesting pure clorox droplets while i have visions of a tongue over a foot long starting to disintegrate before my very eyes!  I NEEDED TO MAKE THAT HORSE DRINK!

    is he having any part of it? NOOOOOOOooooooooo - handful of water trying to capture a neck and head that can reach over 8 feet into the air with the smile still on those lips with that tongue happily flicking in and out!

    i try multiple times to get some water in his mouth, only succeeding in giving myself a cloroxy water shower from the water slinging off my hand and his lips.

    okay.  i give!

    i went into the tack room and pulled the little bottle of coca cola that i only indulge in when i've got a sore throat or flu or cold.  and i offered him some.

    that "little" s.o.b. IMMEDIATELY grabbed the bottle and tipped it upward and started slurping my coke!  now, since we're no longer showing, i can't get busted for giving my horse a stimulant (true) - like he NEEDS one - but he's not supposed to have sugar with his insulin resistance.

    that's why i've got an entire stall full of tested hay - low sugar, low carb - and the ONLY way to keep his tongue from being multi-colored is letting him steal my bottle of coke.

    darn horse! have YOU ever tried to take away a coca cola from 1200 lbs of MINE!?!?!

    well, now i'm wearing bleach water AND coca cola.  sticky but clean smelling - and standing beside a grinning beast who just got exactly what he wanted - twice.

    horses... gotta love'em.

    oh, and don't try to MAKE them drink - just offer them a coke (unless they prefer pepsi...)

    pssssst... walter, do you wanna clean sani's water buckets tomorrow? bring soft drinks...

    EdriesShop Is it kind? is it true? is it necessary?

    by edrie on Fri Apr 12, 2013 at 03:22:07 AM PDT

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