Oil Supplement

This time of year I always think my horses start getting a little dull looking.  Less sunlight, more time spent inside, and less to graze on in the pasture are all contributing factors.  The one supplement I always find myself going back to is Cocosoya by Uckele.  I LOVE this stuff!  The oil puts a nice shine to their coats, and I worry a little less about colic if they have a little oil in their system.  This stuff has also given a boost to help with weight gain and I have never had a horse turn their nose up at it.  It’s a good place to start when you aren’t quite ready to add vitamins or minerals to their diet.  I add about 1/4 cup to their grain ration and we’re good to go!

This guy rarely missed a dose 😉

kahlua

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And so it finally begins…

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Finally we are beginning the stalls! It seems that for so long I have put this on the back burner, I almost lost my spark! Horse stalls and fencing almost seemed like an unreachable dream… And voila! Suddenly they appear!  This is only the beginning 😉

Remembering a painful loss today

Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses
your understanding.

Even as the stone of the fruit must break, that its
heart may stand in the sun, so must you know pain.

And could you keep your heart in wonder at the
daily miracles of your life, your pain would not seem
less wondrous than your joy;

And you would accept the seasons of your heart,
even as you have always accepted the seasons that
pass over your fields.

And you would watch with serenity through the
winters of your grief.

Much of your pain is self-chosen.

It is the bitter potion by which the physician within
you heals your sick self.

Therefore trust the physician, and drink his remedy
in silence and tranquillity:

For his hand, though heavy and hard, is guided by
the tender hand of the Unseen,

And the cup he brings, though it burn your lips, has
been fashioned of the clay which the Potter has
moistened with His own sacred tears.

Khalil Gibran

stall plans cont’d:

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I finally have the previous plywood stalls deconstructed.  I hated to ask for help from the guys as they are working hard on the house…and, after all, the horses won’t be moving to the property before me, so, it took me quite some time to tear it all down. I still have a TON of nails to pull from the supports that will remain.  I have no idea what was previously here that required sooo many super heavy duty nails that are all over the posts!

You can see the rough layout of the stalls.  They just squeak in at 10′ x 11′.  This will allow a 5′ walkway in the front of the barn to the other side.  I will have to knock out a 4′ section of cement block in each stall for the doorway.  I considered installing hinged doors rather than sliding to save on cost, but I think in the long run I would regret it.  I’m hoping to use all black coated hardware. I have a real brainiac idea of spraying a rubber coat on the exposed cement block that will remain on the inside of the horse stalls 😉  The last thing I want is injured horses!

I really like the look of these stalls, except with solid stall dividers and much less of the bars so horses have more privacy. Leave the top part of the sliding doors open so horses have the option to hang their heads over to socialize when they want. Also, I will have a header which will hang the sliding doors from….ok… so basically I like the wood color and the black hardware… everything else will be different. This was the picture that I could find to most closely represent what I have in mind!

Here is a view of the upstairs.  I have a LOT of old straw to dispose of.  Probably all sorts of mold and rodents living in it!

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A view out the window of the top level.

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And another…

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In the next picture you can see straight through one of the stalls to “the other” side of the barn that I keep referring to.

 

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My little school desks are coming along.  We had quite a bit of wet weather so I wasn’t able to work on them much.  Only using a small generator for electric also puts limitations on more things than I could have imagined, ie: electric sander, water pump, screw gun, etc… Most of that electricity is dedicated to the guys in the house.

I just keep telling myself “Keep on swimming, keep on swimming…”

Stall Dilemma

inspiration photo 😉

I’m in full swing of the demolition of the interior of Blu’s new living quarters.  I have decided to place the stalls down the center of the barn.  The current location of the tie stalls is on the side of the barn with the feeding troughs setting on a raised poured concrete slab, with a walkway behind the troughs that is also poured cement.  In my opinion that is a total waste of about 4 1/2 ft of usable stall space.  I considered various scenarios… trying to jackhammer approximately 50′ x 4 1/2′ of about 8″ of cement or perhaps filling in the rest of the stall space to match the height… sloping the cement…ugh!

So after troubleshooting with my husband we decided it would be best to totally disassemble current tie stalls, leave the ledge alone, and put the stalls down the center. Currently there are some flimsy plywood stalls in that area. they were used to house calves.   I worked on removing them last night, which isn’t an easy task for a weakling like myself working alone.

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I’m hoping to have stalls about 10′ x 11′. I was originally thinking 10′ x 12′, but I would really like to have a walkway to the other side of the barn, so I will have to sacrifice that extra space to get it.  My horses spend the majority of their days (and some nights) turned out anyway.

Now to deal with the 4 1/2′ x 50′ raised 8″ ledge… I think I will transform that area with saddle racks, bridle hooks, feed storage area, etc. etc. Not to worry, the space won’t go unused 😉

The debate to strip or not to strip… the wood on the little school desks?

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The stamp on the back of one of the old little school desks.

Treasure Horse Farms = Treasure Box

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Three little treasures I found in one of the barn lofts. Little hole cutouts where the ink wells went. A lot of elbow grease and bleach water to get the thick layer of dirt and bird poo off.

Repurpose a ….silo?

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Did I mention the silo?
What do I do with a topless silo?

Treasure Horse begins renovation

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In celebration of my new farmhouse I bought an organizing bag and had it personalized in my fav color 😉

With so much work to be done on all aspects of our new property I have been feeling somewhat overwhelmed. I have decided to try to narrow my focus and celebrate in the small accomplishments. While several guys were working on the inside of the house, I decided to concentrate on cleaning up some of the remnants left behind in the barn. Typical things you would expect to find…like poop and a few piles of straw and hay 😉
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Like I said…”small accomplishments”.  I know it doesn’t seem like much, but that was at least 4 wheel barrows full of a mix of old straw and hay.  I am considering this area as a wash rack since there is already a drainage area cut out in the cement.  I would install a grate over the now open area for safety of course, build up the walls, and probably relocate the stairs.  This was a milking area years ago, though there is nothing left of the stanchion.

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This is the area directly behind the possible wash rack area.  I plan on removing the feeding troughs to gain approximately 4 more feet in stall depth and enclosing these areas for proper stalls rather than the tie stalls that they are now, reusing the lumber.  For those of you not familiar with this type of stall… when the work horses or buggy horses are brought into the barn they are tied to the feeding troughs, frequently while still fully tacked and harnessed, just unhitched from the buggy or plow.  These stalls were designed to accommodate two horses in each section.   They are allowed to stand and eat until it’s time to be hitched back up.  This area would mostly be used during a work day of plowing or when visitors would come for the day and needed somewhere for their horses to eat and rest.

As you can see there are many repairs to be made and a large pile of manure in the far back corner.  I need to remember to bring a sturdy push broom next time also!  Across the isle from the tie stalls can be seen in the pics of the possible wash rack area.  I am still in deep thought as to what to do with that area :/

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I believe this is an old milking stanchion.  I don’t have a cow, nor do I intend on getting one…

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The other side of the barn…yep… I’m stumped.  My creativity is null.  I will try to draw a floor plan on graph paper, maybe that will help.

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House preview:  Plan on wrap around porch, larger windows, 3 or 4 car garage in the back addition that you can just barely see in the pic.  This house was not built with any grand or unique woodwork that you hear of with great Amish craftsmanship. It is a simple design strictly to serve a purpose of housing a family. The larger part of the house was built in 1994, the older smaller part of the home is up for debate, but the homestead dates back to the early 1900’s. I assure you, there is most likely NOTHING left of the original homestead ( except for the large rocks that are at the far back corner of the new block foundation ).  So please don’t be overly concerned of destruction of anything that should be saved or preserved.  Though the outside of the house looks very well built, the inside features uneven floors and ceilings, roof leaks, mold and mildew in the floors and walls, and an unfinished upstairs with plywood floors.  Be-still my heart…I’m in love all the same!

Blu’s project

If anyone follows my Pinterest account they know right away that I am a true addict of anything horsey. I don’t stick strictly to any one particular style, but I seem to appreciate a variety. Here is a link for your viewing enjoyment 😉

You can see right away that my color preference is turquoise, a little heavy on the “blu” side of turquoise 🙂

I am also starting a collection a “new barn ideas”, which will be the inspiration for my new (old) barn renovation project….YES! That’s right! I am getting my very own Treasure Horse barn!
My husband and I have recently purchased a 36 acres property. Complete with a huge barn and a few other out buildings, and a large Amish farmhouse! There currently is no (as in none, zero, zilch, nada) electricity on the property. So this is quite the project for us. I am currently putting together some “before” photos to share. Super duper excited as The Treasure Horse Transformation Project begins.
Sneak peak
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Please try to disregard my husbands icky truck