Wednesday, May 23, 2018

If You Want it Done Right, Part 3

I've written a few times about our saga with Maury Fence Company, and the mile of fence we're having to rebuild thanks to their incredibly poor work. We have six miles of fence, so we're very thankful that only one mile of it was built by Maury Fence Company. We had our trusted builders who built the other five miles of fence replace the first half mile of Maury Fence Company Fence. But then they had the nerve to retire and Jason and I both shed a few tears when we heard this news.

Despite the retirement of our trusted builders we still had a half mile of fence that had to be replaced. After a lot of discussion we decided we were only going to trust ourselves rather than another fencing company. We bought a post driver and Jason had a special plate welded so we could mount it on the front of one of our tractors. In the fall Jason and I used our new post driver to set new posts for a section of cross fence that had to be replaced. We actually did this fairly efficiently. We set 150 posts in about a week. That sounds excruciatingly slow until you realize we only had an hour, sometimes two, per day to work at this project.

Once we got the 200 posts set we spent the next five months we proceeded to find endless reasons not to finish this section of fence and get all of the boards on. A lot of the reasons were quite legitimate. It was often much too wet to be driving any equipment out in the field. When we had periods of reasonable weather we had other projects to do like seeding and fertilizing pastures, body clipping horses, holding horses for the dentist, vaccinating everyone, the list was endless.  Lots and lots of things got in the way of finishing the fence. 

We finally ran out of excuses to avoid the miserable job of finishing the fence this week. We've now worked on the fence for three days, but of course only for an hour or two at a time since we still have a farm to run. We've got a pretty good system going now for getting boards in the right place, spacing them correctly, and working efficiently. Another two or three days of nailing up boards when we can find an hour or two to get after it should finish this section of the fence. Then we'll just need to put the face boards on and that should be a quick and easy job.

The worst is yet to come. The last portion of the mile of fence that needs replacing is a quarter mile of fence along the driveway. We intentionally practiced on the cross fence first as it isn't as easy as it seems at first glance to build a straight fence. Once we finish this section of fence it will be on to driving posts along the driveway. I'm hoping we can find at least six months of excuses to avoid tackling that job but it has to be done at some point. Sigh.

Fencing seems like it will be fun when it involves riding on the trailer.

Then reality sets in and you realize it is hot, physically demanding and very repetitive. In other words, not a lot of fun involved.

some of our work 

Chance and Convey

Revy, Homer and Moe

Merlin, Art and Bruno made a pretty morning picture

Hemi and Thomas

King and Trigger

Asterik, George and Romeo

Norman

Maisie and MyLight

Renatta and Dawn

Cinnamon and Lily

Levendi and Elfin

Gus and Roho

Wilson and Walon

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Sunday Stills



Cocomo and Asterik

Oscar is always watching

Elfin

Calimba and Cinnamon

Roho and Magic

Rocky, Squirrel and Ripley

Revy and Homer

Johnny, Lighty and Happy

Fabrizzio and Bruno

Blu and Sam

Gus and Lotus

Paramount, Blu and B-Rad

Bruno, Baner, Duesy and Art

Grand

King and Levendi

Cuffie and Renatta

Sebastian

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Old Flames Rekindled

I have written in the past about the pony wars, where the mares stake their claim on a pony and fall madly in love. The central player in many of the pony wars has been Norman. Norman is quite the ladies man and has romanced almost all of the mares at some point over the years. Calimba in particular has always loved Norman. Calimba and Norman were in an off and on relationship for a long time. Calimba was ready for it to always be on. Norman would call things off the second she hinted at moving in together or, even worse, getting engaged. Eventually Calimba seemed to accept that Norman was never going to take things to the next level and they agreed to be friends.

I did not realize that Calimba and Norman had rekindled their flame until a few days ago. I needed to clip Calimba so I caught her and led her away from the other horses in the pasture to bathe her. Calimba of course started calling to her group as soon as we were a few feet away. To my surprise Norman was the one that answered her. He followed us over to where I bathed Calimba and voluntarily stayed by her side through her entire bath. Calimba would occasionally look at Norman and nicker, and he would answer her.

Undoubtedly Calimba has her hopes up that this time will finally be the time that Norman commits. I hope she still has her copy of He's Just Not That In To You that the other mares gave her a few years ago. She's going to need it.

In another news we've body clipped a long list of horses over the last 2.5 weeks and I think the first round of clipping of 2018 might be over. I've got my eye on a couple of horses, but I don't think clipping will be needed in their immediate future.

Calimba checking to make sure Norman was with her

Calimba all soapy, Norman still standing by

Calimba rinsed, Norman still at her side

 Calimba in progress

Calimba after

Bruno in progress

Bruno after

George in progress

George after

Wilson in progress

Wilson after

Baner with an after pose 

Remmy saying to me, "MUST WE DO THIS??"

Remmy and Baner took off frantically running to their friend Hesse upon their return to the pasture

Hemi, Apollo and Levendi

Cino

Silver

Havana and Art grooming

Nemo and Taco

Toledo, Johnny and Rocky

Traveller and Norman

Rip, Grand and Elfin

Donneur, George and Cocomo

Taylor and Merlin playing


Quigly and Happy

Baby and Revy

Johnny and Digby

Bruno and Alfie