April 19, 2016, 10:16 pm
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bye bye boxstall

April 19, 2016

I am busily making a barn modification. I am taking out this old box stall and building a double tie stall. The reason is because I am getting a new horse. She will mate Duke and be a great addition to our farms power line up. The addition of a fourth draft horse will give me the ability to work two teams of horses.

I will use the two teams in a four horse hitch when I need more power. I will also now have the ability to work one team in the morning and a second team in the afternoon. I could work one team on Monday and the other team on Tuesday. This every other day option will allow one team a day of rest every other day. Currently, this type of organization is not needed on my farm…but that day will soon be at hand.

The new horse will come to live here next Monday. I will share photos then. In the meantime, I will stay busy getting her bedroom ready. The introductions will soon be made, so it is only reasonable that the sleeping arrangements are all sorted out too.

Luckily, I built the box stall large enough to be able to build a second double tie stall. My horses get plenty of daily exercise, so the tie stalls present no problems what so ever. The horses’ comfort is first in mind, followed by the ease for me when doing chores. These stalls work well. They are safe and easy to clean….a win win for us all.

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You didn’t mention the new mare last week! I can’t wait to see her! Definitely want to come out when they are hitched and working in your fields. Can you let me know when so I can take some photos and feed them treats? So happy for you! I follow a draft horse rescue online and it’s horrible how discarded and abused some of these gentle giants are. I always think of the paradise your drafts live in. Do they lay down in their tie stalls?

Comment by Jacklyn

Yes Jacklyn, they do lay down sometimes. It is up to them, but there is plenty of room to rest. I’ve been spreading manure with them, but plowing will begin very soon for corn…work and weather permitting!

Comment by ricelandmeadows

Can’t wait to see your new girl 🙂

Comment by jennyrecorder

I hope you like her…we sure do!

Comment by ricelandmeadows

I am looking forward to photos! My dad got to drive 4 abreast a few times. He loved it. He said you couldn’t believe the power. 😊

Comment by Donkey Driver

Your daddy was right! I work them almost every day and have for thirty years. Their power and grace never fails to amaze me.

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