October 10, 2016

Dun-Pikin Farm | Come Ride With Us!

Dun-Pikin Farm is a small family operated horse boarding and lesson barn in Pasadena Maryland. We offer beginner and intermediate riding lessons for children and adults. We also offer a Pony Pal program, pony rides, and pony parties.

Working around the barn, gives me a lot of time to think. I clean stalls and I think, I walk horses in and out and I think, I drive the tractor and I think. You get the idea. I have to say though, sometimes it's about the oddest things. Today it was baling twine.

Earlier when I reached in my pocket there it was, baling twine. When I went to the trashcan to throw it away, there was more baling twine. When I walked into the barn there was a bunch of baling twine blowing in the breeze hanging near the hay.

The stuff is just everywhere. It seems to come alive. I can't tell you how many times I've had to untangle it from the mower blades, picked it up off the ground after the trash has been collected, and pulled it out from under the tractor tires. The stuff can be a real pain sometimes.

I do have to admit it does come in handy sometimes for tying things back, and bundling things up. I have even been known to tie up a fence board or two with it. It just seems like there should be something more to do with it.

At one summer camp we made a ball out of all the baling twine from the hay we used that week. At the end of the 5 day camp, we wound up a ball the size of a basket ball. That's a lot of baling twine, considering we use hay 365 days a year. It is actually a lot of "trash" to dispose of. Most of it is not even biodegradable. Most is now made out of some kind of plastic. What to do with it all?

I admit I mostly throw it away, but ..... what a waste! It's very strong, and it even comes in pretty colors. There must be something? Any ideas? Maybe I should have a contest to see who can come up with the most creative use for baling twine. Maybe knit or crochet with it?

Baling twine is an odd thing to be thinking about I know, but it's something that I deal with everyday. The barn gives me time to think. The barn for you, would be a great place to start your riding career. Come Ride With Us!

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