Horse Talk, A Day in the Life of a Farmer’s Wife Day 7

“So let me get this straight.” I collected my thoughts as I leaned on the massive horse trailer my neighbor owned–one of many. “If I go into the fence where the horses are and they don’t hate me, they probably won’t kick me, right?”

Jamie nodded and looked at me. “Right.”

“It’s okay if I go into the pen isn’t it?”


I asked him if I could ride a horse and maybe if my friends could ride when they visited.

“No problem.”

“And do you have the stuff to ride with?”

He patiently explained, “It’s called tack. I have about 35 different saddles and bridles and stuff. That’s what I do. I buy horses and equipment and sell them.”


I thought only people in westerns were in that profession. I asked about the horse I’d fallen in love with–the one with the blue eyes. He explained how he starts them in the pasture on our property when he first buys them and then transfers them to another 20-acre pasture he leases that has actual grass.

I’d missed them yesterday. There’s something both stately and comforting to look out your bedroom window and see two horses grazing.

“You won’t recognize him when I bring him back. He’ll look just like those horses.” He pointed to the healthy looking ones in back of his house. “The white one there is nice.”

“What’s her name?”

“Horse. She’s for sale.”

I pouted. “I really love that blue-eyed horse you had here.”

“He’ll be back. He came from a family of young-uns who let the horse do what he wanted.”

“I need you to help me learn how to make a horse do what I want.”

“I can help you with that.”

I couldn’t help but smile. “When you see that blue-eyed horse, tell him I asked about him.”

“I will.”

I think Jamie smiled too.

4 Comments on "Horse Talk, A Day in the Life of a Farmer’s Wife Day 7"

  1. Melinda Stortenbecker says:

    Love it! They are my favorite animal of all time. And they’re in heaven! (Jesus comes back on one – which means I’ll finally get to have one). :-)

  2. PaulIne Hylton says:

    I’m growing to appreciate them too. They’re so magnificent! Thanks for all your comments. Theyre an encouragement to me Melinda

  3. Marge (Jewett) Morton says:

    I have always loved and had a fascination for horses. When stationed in Nebraska, every extra penny I had went directly to the riding stables for an hour or two ride. My first check EVER went on a pair of riding boots! Now, in a round about way, I have a horse! My daughter bought one some six months ago for our grandson…they live with us (daughter and grandson, that is) We are boarding “Tucker” with a very nice couple who has taken Cameron under their wing and teaching him, and us, much about the joys, work, and patience involved in horse ownership! It is hard…so much to know….but, so rewarding! They are magnificent animals!

  4. PaulIne Hylton says:

    I’m learning more about them. About Pete the donkey, too. Margie, enjoy your grand kids And your grand horse Tucker

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