Sunday, 6 February 2011

Old Field : New Field

Another whole day spent electric fencing - dismantling from one field, taking the eyelets out around the whole perimeter,  and re-erecting in another field, plus putting up a temporary paddock to put our two in while they get acquainted with the other field residents.  It was hard work but worth it.  OH came with us which was a great help, although he broke the drill attachment on only the second eyelet!   

Old field:-
This is unusually dry - there's usually a massive lake here!

The quagmire formally known as our 'field'

Ahh dry land ye old landlubbers!

New Field:-

This will be our new field.  The electric paddock is just a temporary measure for a week or so.  The absolute bliss of walking into the field without fearing that your boots will be sucked off your feet by the mud, not to mention the sticky mud all up the horses legs.  And, I have a horse with four feathery white socks!

So, that was Saturday.  On Sunday I actually got to ride!  Hang out the flags and rejoice!  No, maybe not, it was blowing a gale all weekend so not the best of weather to ride when you're on the nervous side.  Still I just had 10 minutes in the menage and Santana was fab!

What a gorgeous boy!

Friday, 4 February 2011

On the move ...again!

Its not quite as drastic as it sounds - we're still at the same farm.  We've moved stables to one of the other barns on the yard.  There are seven stables in this barn rather than the three in the other one, so its a nice size and we all get on well together.  And we have space to tie up under cover outside the stables which we didn't have in the other barn.  OH has put some lights up for us so we can see to muck out which is a bonus.  Now people have noticed he has some electrical skills he's acquired three more lighting tasks for other people too (oops, lol!).  Oh well, it keeps him busy!

Next move is a field move.  We've discovered that another horse is moving into our field.  He was there before us so I guess he has a right to return.  Well, the field can't sustain four horses so we need to find elsewhere to go.  One of the girls in our barn said that she would be happy to have our two in her field, so I checked with the other girl whose two horses are in the same field and it's all good. 

The only problem is that having just spent £60+ on electric fencing for our other field, I now have to dismantle it all and move it.  I was so proud of how well we put it up too.  Ah well, can't be helped.  I certainly won't miss having to wade through a knee deep, boot sucking lake of mud to get through the gateway.  There will still be mud but hopefully only ankle deep.

So, tasks for the morning:-

1.  Dismantle electric fence.
2.  Erect electric fenced paddock in new field.
3.  Electric fence one side of new field.
4.  Ride?  Maybe not!

Note to self - remember to take the camera and take some pics.