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Dog Hair & Mule Sweat  

with Natalie Riehl

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September 2013 issue  

 

     It’s late August as I write this and we are in the middle of fly season. Every morning, I put on fly masks and spray repellent on chests, legs, backs, and stomachs, and under jaws. When I don’t use a spray, I can rub my hand over those areas and get a palm covered in tiny scabs and blood. I’ll chide myself for not taking an extra five minutes to make the horses more comfortable.

     The daytime temperatures have been hot, and the smoke from many forest fires is once again filling our western Montana valley. I’ve heard that when smoke gets thick, it makes honey bees sluggish. They’d rather stay in their hives and eat honey, than find flowers and make more honey.

     However, the smoke and heat do not cut down on the number of flies. They thrive at this time of year, and I am glad there are so many effective fly control products to choose from.

     In spite of our ninety degree days, plus or minus three degrees, the donkeys and horses are already hairing up. Ah! Good ol’ Mother Nature always knows more than I do!

     The tomatoes, peppers and corn in Rick’s garden are coming on with bountiful crops in Montana ’s short growing season. Before most are able to ripen fully, we will be anxious about the first frost. 

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     This issue features an article about the dedication of the U.S. Marine Corps statue of Reckless, the little mare used to pack ammunition to her troops during the Korean War.

     RMR contributor, excellent horseman, and Korean War and Vietnam War veteran Harold Wadley was one of the key people who helped establish this monument.

     I have enjoyed talking with him on numerous occasions about his knowledge of Reckless’s heroic deeds, and about his knowledge of horses overall.

     I told him I cringe at the thought of horses being used in warfare, and can only imagine the horror and carnage of having been in battle — one hundred, two hundred, or a thousand years ago — where troops were mounted on horseback, and battlefields were covered with injured and dying horses in addition to the humans.

     Harold concurred and told me that over five million horses and mules were killed in the U.S. Civil War. “The sky must have been black with buzzards,” he said.

     It is remarkable that Reckless survived her war experience with only minor injuries. Harold, tickled with her antics and the humor she brought the troops, told me how she ate a large container of chocolate pudding — when no one was looking — and suffered digestive consequences for the next week.

     He understands the value of what that mare gave to her troops in the bleakest of times, and how they totally depended on each other.

 

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