What Might You Do After a Long Ride?
QUESTION: Why Would Characters Go Back Out
to the Barn?
ANSWER: People who really care for their animals
would certainly stop by in the barn to make sure
the horses are okay, especially if they took a
long ride. You would check to see if the animal
had enough water, for one thing. I always like
to check in and make sure they aren't colicky.
Colic is a gastrointestinal problem--horses can
die from it. Colic usually is chronic in some
horses. They will get down and try to roll. You
need to keep them up and moving, and in some cases,
even call the vet.
What else might I do? If the bugs are bad (like
they always are in Minnesota!) I might respray
the horses with flyspray for the night. Check
to see if they have hay. If the region is colder,
I might shut the barn door to keep the heat in.
Feeding time (grain) is usually in the morning
(7) and again around 4 or 5. They usually get
hay only at night, at least this is true both
of where I grew up and the other barns I've been
around. Gives the horses something to do while
standing in the stall, too. Keeps them busy and
not gnawing on the wood.