Having a horse isn’t just about riding it; there’s a lot that goes into horse ownership before you ever get in the saddle. Linnhe McCarron’s characters are riders so Book 1, Fool Me Once, now being edited, and Book 2, A Bitter Wind Blows, in the works, are full of detail about living in horse country, trail riding, and all of the myriad details that go into daily life when you have a horse.
Hay is very important and it’s a wonderful feeling to have a good supply. You’ll see it being baled now, at the beginning of summer, in this beautiful, rural part of Tennessee but the weather has to cooperate. First it’s cut, then tedded to lift, separate and aerate the stalks before it’s raked into into windrows. It can’t be too wet because, occasionally, too great a moisture content and the compression of bales stacked high can cause spontaneous combustion. That’s what happened to this unfortunate pickup…the whole load of hay went up in smoke and took flatbed trailer and truck with it.