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Re: RC: housework and horses don't mix

OK, I don't have children, BUT, I do have 9 horses with one on the way,
2 inside dogs, a cat, and 3 goats, work 60-80 hrs a week 12-16 hour
swing shift, and am president of national breed registry as well that we
do expositions like Equine Affaire in Ohio and Mass., Parade of Breeds,
etc, besides regular training and conditioning. BTW-I also have asthma
and allergies.

My other half and I argued about the house constantly (it's new),
because I take care of paying customers first. He finally realized I
wasn't being lazy and that I actually was busy. Our solution? I have
someone we trust and who really does a good job come in once a week and
do all the housework (except laundry and stuff like that.) And HE pays
for it, since he had the problem with it. My house was never messy, but
he is a clean freak, so this keeps everyone happy, and I am thrilled to
spend more time in my barn with the critters and not in the house
cleaning, which I detest.

Carolyn Burgess wrote:
> Oh, I'm so glad to hear other people have filthy houses!  I have a wonderful
> horse husband, who rides with me but has his own horse interests (cavalry),
> but he splits the horse chores with me.  We have 3 older children (21, 19, &
> 18), 4 horses, 2 cats and a dog.  No one bothers to wipe their feet before
> they come in the house, but the dog the the floor is acceptable to clean his
> behind on after doing his business outside.  I have a cat that is very
> elderly so she will often be in the box but "miss".  So I have these
> additional things to clean up after.  I don't know how they do it, but I
> always find stuff on the floor. Spare change, the ties from bread bags,
> opened envelopes, empty soda bottles and the like.  There are also
> tumbleweeds rolling across my floor, usually made up of dog and cat hair.
> The best I can do is vacuum once a week.  The funny part is that my barn is
> immaculate.  So how do I manage to have time to keep the barn clean but not
> the house.  Oh, that's right, the horses aren't purposely throwing stuff on
> the floor, taking the folded and clean laundry I just gave them and, instead
> of putting it in the dresser, putting straight into the hamper, and then
> complaining they don't have any clean clothes.  I'd love to hear suggestions
> from anyone who does manage to have a clean house.  Oh, stipulations on
> that: you must work at least 40 hours a week, have more than one child (OK 1
> counts if they are under 2 years old), must have more than 1 horse, must
> have indoor pets as well, and training to do more than 25 miles).  Oh, and
> you must be sleeping at night. If you are a stay at home person, with 1
> horse, no children and you have a neighborhood kid cleaning your barn - I
> don't want to hear it.
> Carolyn Burgess
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