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.

Butt First…
September 21, 2014, 2:12 pm
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Knight and Hoss enjoy breakfast

Knight and Hoss enjoy breakfast

September 21, 2014

As I write this post I am reminded of a man’s saying at work. Pete will come with a couple of work orders and say, “I have to do this….but first, I have to do that.” He calls it , being…”but firsted”. I can’t help but think just how many times that happens to me. I will ask one of my sons to come help do something. He comes prepared to do what I asked. Then I say, Thanks, we need to do that…but first……” It makes good help hard to get 😮

This month of September has found me working extra shifts at my off farm job. I still need to re-bale some big round bales into small square ones. I must get my speltz planted. The window for speltz planting will soon close. The weather must cooperate too, by holding off the rain. Then lastly, a mountain of firewood still needs to be cut and split. So, with all of these farm jobs at the top of my list, I realize that I am free to wade into those jobs…. BUT FIRST….I have to complete my work obligation.

I can see light at the end of the proverbial tunnel. I will soon get several days off as I take an autumn vacation. I will be free to do as much farm work as I want. I can hitch horses everyday as I click jobs off my never-ending list and smile while I do it…. But First…I have to get to those days off!