Tuesday, September 8, 2009

More Progress!

My dear hubby finished the wooden part of the fence on Sunday.
It looks awesome!!

The tree house got fenced in, but I believe we can make the slide go over the fence so the kids can still play in it. :)

Below is the view coming in our driveway.
I can just imagine Tonto and Filly's heads poking over the fence.
The gap is for a gate of coarse.

Below is a view from inside the pasture.
Up to the far right is the barn, but the house is in the way, so you can't see it...

Another view of the pasture. I'm loving it!

One more pasture shot...grass!
We have fenced approximately 3 acres.

Now the dreaded hill. We had a professional landscaper come out to share his advice and give us an estimate. He begins work on Friday!!!!!!
The plan is to terrace the hill with railroad ties and create a gradual slope so the water doesn't just rush over the hill as it has been doing.
No grass!
Daisy is standing in the majorly eroded part of the hill.
The photos don't really show the extent of the damage.

The two pieces of metal you can barely make out in the photo are part of a drain.
The landscaper is going to fix it so it will drain properly.

Below you can see where the erosion caused ruts in the dirt.

More photos of the ruts:

More bare dirt/gravel/exposed tree roots:

I can't wait to see what it looks like in a few days!

Next: the BARN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The plan is to make this into a 2 stall barn (approx. 14x14 stalls), with a center aisle and feed/tack room. (The ladder to the loft is removable.)
If you were making this into your dream barn, please share your "must haves!"
It is time to make my list so I will be ready when it is time to finish this baby!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I am SO SO SO excited for you!

Remember, you're probably going to want to split the pasture with a hot wire to rotate the ponies and give the grass some breaks.

As for a dream barn - well, I'd want a bathroom. (ha ha ha!)

For yours, you need to make sure you have a well drained (i.e. sloped) concrete pad with tread marks to keep from slipping and cross ties for the horses when you want to bathe them or tack them up outside. I don't think you'll want to bathe them inside??

hay mangers are over rated - its better for them to eat hay off the ground, so don't bother - just put bucket hooks in or something like it.

We have automatic waterers here in Vegas, but I don't see why they are so much better - in fact, they still have to be scrubbed and cleaned and you can't dump them because they are fixed to the wall.

If you can, ceiling fans in each stall - we had those in north carolina. Helps with the flies and keeps them cool. Just have to make sure you have the verticle space for them. Otherwise, make sure you have a spot for a box fan.

Speaking of flies, a fly spray misting system is a REALLY nice thing to have. And fairly easy to pipe up. Either way, its nice to have a swamp cooler misting system, and if you can attach the fly spray tank later, then so be it.

Stall matts! OMG - stall matts will save you so much money on shavings its not even funny. Schieders usually has a good deal on them. We bought a four square to travel to shows with because you never can tell what the footing is like. But every barn I've boarded at has them - a must have if you are dealing with expensive shavings.

Make sure you have good lighting. Nothing like trying to doctor a cut or check on a wound inthe dark.

Hay storage - make sure it stays out of any sunlight- sun will leach the nutrient out of the hay.

Make sure the roof over hangs have good drainage, otherwise you'll get mud puddles that could invade the stalls.

Think about what you'll do when the farrier or the vet comes. Think about where you will ride and the path to get there from the barn.

Think about footing - yours and the ponies.

Good luck with the terrracing idea! And remember that all that shade will make LOVELY rye grass area for the summer. ALSO - check with the local feed/farm store on their winter rye in about a week - the farmers often use a different rye seed than the yard snobs, and theirs is better. I seeded Rico's pasture one year, and it made a huge difference in the grass.

If you can afford it, getting the pasture professionally seeded is good. Call the ag department for the state and they should be able to tell you what will grow well (fescue, timothy, rye, etc...)

RE: Fire ants - you must be dilligent. They are a pain in the ass. As you mow the pasture in the summer, you'll need to keep a fire ant killer container on the mower. When you find a mound, treat it while you mow.

Be careful of snakes inthe spring time.

And think about getting a fly parasite package for next spring.

Am SO excited for you to have your babies home.