The Snapper Turtle

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I work at a horse barn kind of in the middle of no where, and let me say, it is awesome! The horses are great, most of the people are very nice, and its really pretty where they are located. I love working there, and I got to work all weekend. It is hard work, but it is so much fun!

Today, as I was driving the four wheeler out to the field to spread (there is a poop spreader attached to the back that we fill with manure from the horse stalls- you take it out into the field, lift a few levers, then drive and let it spin everything out until its all gone), and on my way there I saw a HUUUGGE snapping turtle! It was on the side of the little path, and it wasn't moving. It looked at me when I drove past, and I put my leg over the other side of the seat so it couldn't hurt me in any way. I was fascinated, but also a bit worried. It was really close to one of the pastures, and I was worried it would go in with the horses.

When I was done spreading, I drove back that way to see if it was gone. I saw it farther away, moving down the little road on the opposite side from the horses. I was happy it wasn't near them, but I decided I would go check to see if it was still there after I put the four wheeler and the spreader away.

I went out back to fill some carts with shavings for the stalls, and that was right by the road. I filled the carts first, which took me about ten minutes. One of the barn cats came out with me, and that made me extremely nervous. The cats wander around all day, and who's to say one of them wouldn't run into the snapper turtle? I left the carts by the shavings pile and walked down the road. I felt like I was in a horror movie. There is a canopy of trees that stretch over the road that made it shady, and I was walking really slow, looking back and forth looking for it. I felt like I would hear it hiss at me from behind then feel one of my limbs get ripped off. I was being a little paranoid, but I kept walking in case it was still around. I didn't know what I would do if I saw it, but I had it in mind to chase it with a pitchfork or a shovel.

Thankfully I didn't see it, so I decided it went into the woods. I checked the pasture to make sure it wasn't in with the horses, and thank god it wasn't. I don't know what I would have done if it was. I went back to the barn and brought the shavings in, and I finished up with everything and went home!

This was a really pointless random thought, but I was thinking about it so I thought I would share it with anyone willing to read! It was the highlight of my day today. Anyway, thanks for reading! I'll try to write about something entertaining one of these days.

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