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Iv'e been following this thread and when it turned to horses I just had to post this.........enjoy

Poeme du Le Merde de Cheval
(Ode To Equine Manure)
By Officer Bob Morgan (retired)
Jacksonville, FL. Police Department

While riding my horse on patrol one fine day,
I met a fair maid who was filled with dismay.
While on her cell phone, She was crossing the street,
And had found something brown which was stuck to her feet.

As I looked round to see, She was ready to cry,
For the substance below was indeed a horse pie.
I feared she'd be angry, and with me she'd grapple,
So I rushed to her aid to clean up the "road apple".

At first fighting mad, she began to calm down,
After swearing my horse had no place in this town.
"My horse meant no harm Ma'am, we don't mean to chafe,
But we're working downtown to keep your streets safe.

We've worked hard all day, his saddle I've slept in,
But that don't excuse the stuff that you've stepped in.
I know your upset, so accept his apology,
But horses are really better ecology.

The car you are driving may be YOUR solution,
But what it spits out is indeed REAL pollution."
Now here's the dilemma I'd like to address;
That dobbins do-do has gotten bad press.

I know that keeping the streets clean is toil,
But nobody gripes when stepping in "oil".
It's true that with both, you could slip down and fall,
But getting crap on you won't hurt you at all.

It may seem offensive, this po-po from "Prancer",
But oil on your skin has been know to cause cancer.
If you don't think so, just read Warning Lables,
They're all over gas stations, and not on horse stables.

Oil burns black smoke, It's fumes make you wheeze,
Or have you forgotten the "Exxon Valdez"?
There's really a lot to be said for horse turds
The seed found within, will feed hungry birds.

So, just wipe your feet clean and don't panic,
It's entirely composed of things quite organic.
Hay, oats and water that moves through horse's "tushes",
Is manna from heaven for your trees and your bushes.

Although it's disdainful for "urban" class noses,
It's good for your garden and won't burn your roses.
A horse won't eat meat, it's grass he's a stuffin,
Dogs and cats make "ka-ka" not "meadow muffins".

So criticize "Equine" manure if you must,
But "oil" remains rude while "dung" turns to dust.
Oil slicks on beaches will stay till doomsday,
But manure soon drys up, and then blows away.

So remember this, lady, when your at the gas pump.
That it ain't all that bad when a horse takes a dump.

As reprinted..In Trail Riders Of DuPage March newsletter.

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