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aerator in the backyard pond is functional when it comes to keeping the fish alive, but it also offers a spray that reaches several feet into the air. It is not unusual for Andrew and Christy to come home after a long day and head straight for the backyard. “The four ducks and the one goose will be wading along the water’s edge,” Christy said, as Andrew pointed to them. “We just

enjoy sitting on the dock and watching the horses interact. They will come up and love on you. They’re like big dogs.”

The large barn was part of the deal when they purchased the place. They built the smaller barn to accommodate the animals they have quickly collected. “Only two of the horses belong to us,” Andrew interjected. “The rest are boarders. I guess you could say we

board a few to afford a few.” “Mr. Joe” Alley owns two of the horses and takes great pride in tending all seven. “He’s an all-around guy who’s always around,” Andrew laughed. “He’s an asset, that’s for sure.” The neighbors have also been wonderful. “The neighbors have opened up their pastures so we can keep the horses,” Christy said, thankful because the horses have more open

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