In the interim, I decided to write about something current - yay! We purchased our property in 2009, and, at the time, it was 17.5 acres in a combination of pasture and woods (with a historic church and graveyard on one section, but that deserves a separate post). We have been making improvements slowly but surely, starting with fencing, building a barn, adding stalls, building a hay shed, putting up a round pen, having a pond dug, etc.
|Oh look, I was skinny once!|
|Gratuitous shot of the church, because why not?|
DH’s coworker has a bobcat, so they worked out a trade and he got to work. First job was to scrape the topsoil off and level the clay (to the best of his abilities) -- luckily DH is VERY, very handy and had some construction experience, so he did a credible job at this. Next, we had 14 loads of limestone screenings delivered for our base. The truck drivers were pretty good at “walking it out” when they were pouring, which helped -- less work for the bobcat to level it later!
Next, we got it fenced off. Being on a budget, we decide to fence most of it with round pen panels -- we had two complete round pens already, so those became the perimeter for three out of the four sides. For the front fence, DH installed two large gates (easy access for the tractor to drag it and for future dump truck loads of footing) and then the rest was done in cattle panel topped with wooden boards (materials we had lying around already). He also built a homemade drag that worked quite nicely last fall to keep the limestone broken up. It rode very well for a few weeks, until DST and my long commute joined forces to make sure there wasn’t enough daylight to ride in by the time I got home from work.
|Pretty fun for a cell phone capture!|
|Cinna, working last fall when the arena was brand new!|