Take this job! Pat McGonigle shovels horse manure

8:05 AM, Aug 31, 2012   |    comments
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By Pat McGonigle

Collinsville, IL (KSDK) - In this week's installment of "Take This Job," Today in St. Louis anchor Pat McGonigle agreed to spend a day at the track. And while it was a day at the racetracks, it wasn't quite the glamour of the Kentucky Derby.

Pat spent the day as a horse groomer in the stables of Fairmount Park in Collinsville, an occupation sometimes referred to as a stable boy.

"Is there any trick to shoveling horse...stuff?" Pat asked Bobby Pace at Fairmount Park.

"I think it's a natural talent," Bobby answered and, after sizing up the newscaster added, "I think you have it."

Pat spent time with an 8-year-old thoroughbred named Holy Armenia. He cleaned hooves, brushed manes, and, yes, shoveled horse manure.

"It was a lot like cleaning a kitty litter...for a 1,200 pound cat," Pat said later.

Click on the video player to see how Pat did.

We are still looking for the dirtiest, grimiest and most harrowing occupations in the bi-state area.  Tell us what it is and Pat will 'Take This Job!' Email Pat at pmcgonigle@ksdk.com or reach out to him on Facebook or Twitter.


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