|Horse enclosure on left for feeding in winter.|
My nephew, Gannon and I went out with intentions of digging out the rest of the barn. We spent almost four hours redoing fence crossings across the creeks. The bull has learned to hook his horn in the panels and lift then push sideways under the fence. It was just like a tricky gate for him. No problem at all to get through. We redid all three creek crossings that he was getting through and put him back in the lower pastures with the heifers and babies. He was much happier being together with the herd. His bellowing went away once he could stand around with the women.
|Backside of horse enclosure before changes.|
The irrigation ditch I fixed and dug is doing much better. It is halfway down to the school house from where it was a couple of weeks ago. The grass is already starting to green back up. I think by the end of the summer I will have to go down to the school house and fix all that irrigation canal with the tractor. This is great news and will facilitate the dream of planting a few more trees for eventual shade for the animals. I will have to find said trees and then protect them with a small fence. There are three more elm trees growing up in the front creek.
After lunch we went out to the barn but due to several thunderstorms and some torrential rain, no roofing was going to happen today. We decided to work on this end of the barn and fix the horse area. We cut out the back wall and added supports and a new wall. I went along the side of the building and screwed down all the loose old boards. We still need to add the batten between each wall piece of wood and get the feed stall area subdivided so each horse has its own area. No more stealing of food or chasing away will be allowed.
Annmarie has been working on our kitchen countertops. I will be clear coating them tomorrow. They turned out very nice. I had just gotten used to the bright orange formica. It looks very different without it. I will get her to post a blog entry with pictures this month.
|New side, used to be entrance.|