I somehow started thinking about the good and bad smells I encounter at the barn, and around horses. My favorite smells would have to be:
Good, fresh hayThe subtle grassy smells of the pastures in high summer - the smell of a freshly mown pasture is wonderful too and more intenseSun-warmed horse furSome grainsLeatherManure - I think I like the smell because it's associated with horses.
My least favorite smells are:
That funky, too-ripe-cheese smell of thrushAmmonia - we're lucky the pelleted bedding we use eliminates most of this odor. I believe, although I can't prove it, that the stall of a horse that has a metabolic disorder smells different, and not good.Moldy hay - just plain nasty even if there's only a little bit of moldSome supplements smell really bad to me.Chemical fly and mosquito repellents - they smell as toxic as they are.The smell of blood - but if you have enough blood around to smell it you've got other problems. I also hate the taste of blood, but fortunately that isn't (usually) a barn experience - I wouldn't make a good vampire!
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Breathe over at HorseCentric has a nice post that links to a number of her favorite posts from the past by a number of horse bloggers (I'm partial because she lists one of mine that I had almost forgotten about).
Enjoy your day, and may it include horses!