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The Dumb Things I’ve Done For Horses

The Dumb Things I’ve Done For Horses

My love for horses has lead me to do some pretty…. unconventional things. And usually, at the least opportune times. But I do it because, well, I love the animal.

There was one summer when my new Thoroughbred stopped sweating out the blue. Living in Florida, this became an urgent problem. I was funneling as much salt and Guinness beer into him as I could at each feeding to help him sweat. So on my lunch break one afternoon in August, I swung by the grocery store near my office to load up on supplies in anticipation of heading to the barn later that evening.

I stacked three cases of Guinness into my cart without a blink of an eye, like I was some frat dude prepping for a St. Paddy’s Day celebration. As I was checking out with the cashier, I was horrified when someone in line behind me tapped my shoulder and said my name.

It was my boss.

He had a salad in his hand… a very normal thing to buy around 12:30 p.m., on a weekday. He looked at my three large boxes of cold, bottled beer and went silent.

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“It’s for my horse,” I tried to explain.

“Uh huh.” He said in response.

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