This morning I woke up and thought, "I am going to spend some time with my horse, Tanis, today. It should be a nice quiet day and who knows, maybe I will even hop on and go for a ride."
Well, of course, the Rescue Gods were listening- and anyone who runs a rescue knows it's not a good idea to tempt them.
So... Last night, some of the big pasture horses escaped from their pasture and had a big raging party near the Mare Motel. Of course, as parties always do, things must have gotten out of hand and the water spigot was broken off, which of course, flooded the ENTIRE Mare Motel. Sure, parties are all fun until someone gets hurt or something gets broken! There was so much water that it flooded all around the back of the old office, all the way to the feed room and the round pen and all the way up to Mesquite Manor. Everything had just dried up from all the rain, now it's even more flooded!
No horses, or other party animals, were hurt- just a big mess was made.
It's all due to our electric pasture fencing, which after five years, just isn't so electric anymore. We have been adding pipe panels in the pasture fencing- but this latest party break out illustrated the need for a major overhaul. We have applied for multiple grants to get new pasture fencing, but we have to wait and see if we are approved. We have gotten multiple quotes on all new fencing (put up by a real fencing company)- but the quotes are all all over $50,000.00! Unless we are approved for one of the big grants, that is just not going to happen.
So, we are looking to purchase more used pipe panels, and metal posts to support the fencing in our deep and sandy soil, and cement.
We were able to use all of our recently purchased used panels (which we were hoping to use for more turn outs)- so now we have the Okay Corral pasture, one big new Mega Pasture made up of what was the Boarders and the Big Pasture, and Area 51 (which still has some of the electric tape up). We would like to purchase three more runs of 250 feet to separate horses.
The entire day was spent putting up and repairing fencing. HUGE THANKS to Eric, Tanya, Sharil, Kody, and the guys who pitched in and actually made it a fun job! We could NOT have done it without you guys!
Needless to say, Tanis, did not get groomed and no tack went near him. The most he got was a pat from me as we carried panels by.
Some photos from today's fun:The Mare Motel.
Some of the party animals resting after the festivities.
Our old electric/not electric tape...