August 29, 2016
I knew moving back to the east was going to be an adjustment to hot and humid summers. It surely has been rough. We go outside and barely walk around and we are already covered in sweat dripping off us. Humidity has been in the 80% range lately with lots of temperatures in the 90s, dewpoint has been in the high 70 degrees as well so it is quite sticky. The horses have been sweating a lot.
They choose to stay in the barn during the day since it's shaded and cooler. They go for short trips to the pasture to graze but then wander back to cool off. They are both great drinkers so I'm happy with that! Since the barn has a fairly solid stall divider we decided to remove a few boards to allow for more airflow. A barn fan we purchased was just the ticket for making their haven even more cooling. Unfortunatly there wasn't a great place to hang it to hit both of them equally but taking down some wood allows wind to blow to Chances stall. Sometimes though it seems the horses switch it up and Dani is in his stall and vice versa.
I stood in his stall and made sure there was good wind coming that way. For now, that is the best location. We will maybe get another fan at some point to point in the other stall but this seems to work nicely. Needless to say not much riding has happened this summer. It's been too hot and humid and then with our pathetic mower it seems all we do is yard work.
We have ideas for reducing our mowing....one of those plans includes buying a good tractor with a front loader. Only question is what size? Under deck mower or is a bush hog better for pasture mowing? Too many choices but these are expensive choices!
The other plan is related to our future want for bees and other pollinators.
In other plans I do have a contact for a riding instructor and think that when it starts to get less miserable I can get back into regular lessons for a bit on both the ponies. They don't seem to mind just chilling on the pasture and getting groomed now and again but I do miss riding! I ride the mower more than Dani!
In other news...flies suck. We haven't had a ton which is great but we do have the handful of large horseflies. They are mean little assholes and no fly repellent seems to work. My poor babies.
August 13, 2016
We knew the run-in shed already had some termite damage in some of the wood. When I noticed a new little termite tunnel though, it moved our rebuilding of the shed to the forefront. Termites build little mud tubes so they don't dry out, that's always something to look for.
The main supports were most likely treated wood and had no termite damage at all so we just have to remove the surround and then the boards that contact the ground. Most likely it was no treated wood.
If I scraped the mud off the boards you could see some of the tunnels.
Some of the boards had years of extensive damage. You need to catch it right away! Many boards we took out weighed nothing and sounded like rain sticks! At least they weren't the support beams.
As we began to set up for the demolition the ponies of course wanted to help.
What's dad doing? I certainly didn't want them stepping on the nails or being in the way of falling wood so I herded them in to on the of the fields and filled some buckets of water since they didn't have access to the trough being locked the pasture.
Leading Dani through the gate and clopped in a mud puddle and it went all up my leg! LOL. I never stay clean around here. It's just not possible.
It wasn't too bad to tear it apart, building it back up will take more time.
We pilled all the wood up and then were able to haul it away in the truck. Steve later dug a trench and sprayed for termites around all the supports. We had professionals come do the prevention spray around the barn, storage shed and house. They found some indications of termites in our garage....guess the darn inspector missed that when we bought the house. I don't think there is extensive damage like the shed since there were also indications that the house had received termite treatment by drilling into the floor of the garage. At least we know we have prevention in place and will keep up with that.
We also will paint the shed and barn with a insect repellent mixed into the paint and use pressure treated wood.
Now we just have the skeleton of the shed, eventually we'll get to rebuilding it but there are always continual projects going on and mowing....oh the mowing!!!
August 03, 2016
July 21, 2016
Right on the edge of our property is a little grove of trees. It's nice and shady most of the time and a perfect relaxing hammock location. At our house in CO I hung a hammock between our little apple trees and would love just chilling out listening to the wind and birds. Here it's even more serene being in the country with less traffic noise.
It was over grown with underbrush so Steve got his handy chain saw out and went to work while I helped and hauled some mulch.
It was a lot to trim up and haul away but it's wonderful being all open now!
It's funny our little snake friend came out from the woods to inspect it and curl up on the edge of the shade when we were done. I didn't want to disturb him so I didn't get a picture, plus we were ready to leave and go shower inside our cool house.
The next weekend after our mulch was layed down we hung up our hammocks. Steve has a camping one that hugs you and I have a classic woven lounger with wooden ends. It was very peaceful and well deserved to take a break on afternoon. Seems all we've done with summer so far is mow and do another project....soon to be posted.
Steve even made hammocks for our beers! We brought a cooler full of drinks and spent a couple hours napping in "The Oasis". I'll have to bring a book sometime too. The horses were in Westeros, the pasture closest to the grove, and were very interested in watching us hammocking. Chance was also a little curious and worried about Spencer who happened to have a cone on his head because of stitches.
You know what the coolest thing is? If you build something awesome in your yard...gnomes always seem to find a way to enjoy it with you!
July 09, 2016
We decided to expand the fencing around the run-in shed. Chance has been kicked in the chest in the past and I think this is one area where he can easily get cornered so I wanted to have a full circle of open space around the run-in shed available. We will be eventually redoing all the fencing (except the wooden fences) to an electric rope.
It looks really nice I think and I may even paint the t posts white so we have a nicer, uniform look. It was a several hour project so not too difficult. We still need to build a section of wooden fence and then have a plan for expanding the wormhole. I'll post on that soon. We should get some of these little projects done by the end of summer but the next post.....that next one is a doozy though....
I'll leave you hanging with anticipation about that project!!
July 04, 2016
It has been a long while since I"ve posted! Been a lot going on with work and working around Geek Acres. The rains have come and we are fighting weeds plus having lots of good grass grow too. The ponies are doing very well and living the life of luxury. I can't remember the last time I rode!
They had their spring shots and I just wormed them today. Flies are a bit of an issue that we are working on. We have a couple evil horse flies, didn't have that much in dry Colorado. I'm trying various traps and a concentrated fly spray plus apple cider vinegar too. Chance is really chill about everything. I have to worm and he's just like....
Whereas Dani is like.....
So I used a worming bit for her and give her apples after. It makes it so I don't have deworming juice all over me!
She's always happy afterwards and thinks it wasn't so bad but man....that mare sometimes! LOL.
We have some unexpected projects coming up which I will post. They were expected but have been moved to the forefront due to recent activities. All is going well though, love my job, love my ponies and the little acreage we call home. I will try to be better about posting now that I have my work schedule figured out. Plus it's starting to get into the hot and humid season so I may not be out with the horses as often hence more time to blog....about what I'm not so sure...I'll be better though!
Happy 4th of July to my fellow United States friends!