We took the first step in the barn building process on Tuesday.
Monday, March 28, 2011
We woke up to a bit of a March snow storm today. Surprisingly, school was not canceled so V, at 6:20 asked if she could take the Rav (in the garage) because her car was covered with snow.
Thursday, March 24, 2011
I had several pictures that I took this week that didn't fit in with anything else that I posted.
We are hoping to break ground soon on a new barn (drawing not to scale- my first attempt at using Paint with a picture). There will be a 60 x 100 foot room (which could be used as an arena) with a 24 foot shed along the long side.
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
It's calving season now here on the 4R's. We've had about 20 calves born so far. We start calving a little later than most in our area. We try to calve more in sync with nature so we can decrease the inputs needed to maintain the cows. We keep too many to go to year round grazing so we still depend on hay in the winter. The calves enjoy this fresh bedding that J puts out daily.
Monday, March 21, 2011
I've done a few farm repairs over the last several days. It seems like there is always something to fix. It just depends on how irritating or unsafe it is as to what gets fixed and what gets lived with. This is a prime example. The fence builders normally do a great job but something was off with their measurements on this gate in the barn lot. The gap they left is big enough for a calf to push it's head through and get stuck.
Sunday, March 20, 2011
Saturday, March 19, 2011
We have had Otoelene for 3 weeks now and decided it is time to teach her to stand tied. I think she was tied up once before we got her. I have always felt that tying is very traumatic, usually more so on me than the horse because I worry about all of the things that can go wrong.
I'll try to give you a break from Otoelene and post about something else for the next few days.
Friday, March 18, 2011
Otoelene has been either in the barn lot or turned out in the riding ring since we got her 3 weeks ago. Today I turned her and Lady out where she has fence line contact with the other horses.
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
J brought a bull to the house from another farm yesterday. Since the trailer was handy (it usually stays at the other farm) I thought it might be nice to work on loading and unloading.
After one initial minor pull back Otoelene hopped right on.
In fact, she got on so fast there were no in between pictures.
J turned her around and took her back on again, this time letting her eat a little grain while she was on.
We did this a couple of more times and she did perfect.
Next, I wanted her to be able to back off. I had practiced a few days ago with her backing off a concrete pad.
Monday, March 14, 2011
Who knew macrame from the 70's would ever come in handy. I was able to take this...
And these directions from http://gaitedhorses.net/Articles/RopeHalter/RopeHalter.html and a few measurement adjustments form http://www.naturalhorsesupply.com/tiehalter.shtml
and make this.
It fits Otoelene much better than any of out other halters.
Sunday, March 13, 2011
A nap would be nice.
I was paged at 6:00 AM (which is really 5:00 AM before the time change at 2:00 AM) for the following question, "my dog got into a fight 2 days ago and got his ear tore up, know what I mean? Can I put neosporin on it?" The answer is yes but the question could have waited another hour or two.
Thursday, March 10, 2011
What is that behind the forsythia bushes?
There are no forsythias in the field, this is the yard.
I don't have a lawn ornament that big (although it would be pretty cool.)
You can't hide from me.
Well, looky there. It's Hank the Wonder Horse.
Back to where you belong. The problem with having a wonder horse is that he has powers beyond the ordinary horse. This one, in addition to being able to luge, yes luge not lunge see (http://4rranch.blogspot.com/2010/12/freak-accident.html) can leap a cattle guard in a singe bound. This allows him unprecedented access to the excellent grazing opportunity found in the yard. I guess we are back to putting up the horse cable over the cattle guard.