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This is how the herd gets put up for breakfast.

Rolo is settling in. The boys are having a blast. Chris and I are barely managing the chaos of two boys and a puppy. The past two days we only had two accidents and today we only had one. Progress! She only had one solid accident the first day home and has pooped outside since then so small victories! Last night she even ran to the door and barked to be let out.

The boys and I got some sort of cold. I'm trying to lose my voice, come on body, two more days of lessons and then you get two days off! Hang in there voice!

Date: 2015-09-11 02:53 pm (UTC)
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Looks nice and peaceful. How big are your stalls? From this perspective they look double. Are they in during the day and turned out at night? I've been considering compromising with a pipe barn like yours but it's so wet here I know I'd be frustrated with it soon - I'm envying your dry climate (for the ease of some horse things - in reality I'd wither in the heat).

Date: 2015-09-11 06:54 pm (UTC)
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The ones to the right are 12x12 and the two at the back are 12x30 (Charm-N the Perch) and 16x30 (Ruby the Belgian). During the summer they are up during the day because the arena/big turn out just doesn't have the shade for the whole herd. In winter they're turned out pretty much whenever I don't have lessons unless we're expecting a cold storm. We also have them built up 6" to prevent flooding.

Farther north it is much cooler, especially when you get up past the rim of the Colorado Plateau, but yes, it gets mighty hot in the summer. You hide inside between 11am and 5pm and even then it can still be in the 90s at night sometimes.

If you're doing the barn with a center aisle and elevate it (build up a dirt pad so it sits above grade) it might not be too bad. Fully enclosed things, unless they're thick block (like 8" or so!) just get way too hot here so mare motels and individual shades are pretty standard horse housing. I don't know how your storms are up there. If you don't have strong winds blowing the rain in sideways or you place it so that the prevailing winds would hit the narrow over the broadside it should stay fairly dry. Even just having one wall facing the windy direction can make a difference.

Date: 2015-09-11 08:29 pm (UTC)
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Think constant mist flurry. Everything is damp from October through June. Don't bother with an umbrella because the mist is everywhere and you're wet with or without it. Not a big deal when you're inside looking out but with horses everything is damp all the time (it's cool and incredibly humid in the winter). It doesn't always rain heavily and when it's misting or drizzling you don't even count it as raining because if you do and don't go out because of it you'll be inside for months. I'd need walls to keep out the flurry of tiny raindrops otherwise I'd go crazy. The #1 reason I want a barn is so that I could have a place to get my horses dry before the farrier or vet comes or before I want to ride.

Date: 2015-09-12 07:47 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, doesn't sound like mare motel weather at all, though I would thoroughly enjoy a day or three like that about now!

Hopefully you're able to start moving forward on a barn soon!

Date: 2015-09-12 03:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
well trained ponies ! :D or rather, they do it enough that they know bickering and disrupting the order only makes things take longer.

Date: 2015-09-12 07:49 pm (UTC)
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They are definitely aware that breakfast comes faster if they go where they are supposed to! Not that someone doesn't occasionally try to change things up. I don't think they wonder too much when I then turn in to a Grumpy Lady and shoo them out of whoever's stall is being invaded.

Date: 2015-09-14 01:23 pm (UTC)
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All those lovely chunky butts! <3 I really like your set-up, it's very practical. Wish I had something similar!

Date: 2015-09-14 11:01 pm (UTC)
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It works great for the space we have. Part of me wishes I still had stalls right off the arena, but this way I don't have to shuffle between angry, hungry horses and they sort themselves rather nicely!

The small turnout worked great when Z was a foal and it is functioning well for Chewy as her dietary needs have changed and we need to keep her separate.


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