Saturday, September 8, 2007

So close to done!

Sunny and Bessie

I'm just downright itchy to climb back on my horse. Reading through the Mustang Makeover blogs just about does me in. Goal for this week is to get the round pen up so I have a safe place to get on again.

The stalls are nearly complete in the barn. A divider needs to go up in the new addition, followed by dividers in the paddock to create individual runs. Each run will then open up into the pasture so that Darling and I can either turn horses out as a group or individually.

We've also got a load of gravel here for the paddock (soon to be runs) for footing. No more three inches of wet clay during the winter, hooray! The rocks will help the horses keep their feet worn down, plus make it so much easier to clean. Even during the summer months, the paddock has been difficult. During dry weather, it's fine and dandy, but a day of rain just melts the manure right into that top layer of clay, which has become a slick quarter inch mess all on it's own. I'm looking forward to things being just a little drier. Of course, it'll be next year before footing can be put into the round pen to make it usable during the winter months, but it's a start.

In the meantime, Sunny is hanging out at the gate. I wonder if she's waiting to go somewhere? I can only hope she's been enjoying our walks over to the pasture where she's been able to spend a little time grazing. There's a slight change in her attitude, a bit of relaxation in the past week. It's been nice to see that. Hopefully we'll have a few more weeks of sunshine after the round pen is up and I can get a good jump into training prior to the winter wet.

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1 comment:

Tina Leavy said...

the barn project looks like it is coming along nicely.
what type of sheep do you raise?I would love to have enough land one day to raise the babydoll sheep, have you ever seen them..they are adorable.hope you have a good weekend.~Tina