Drudgery …

Definition of DRUDGERY: dull, irksome, and fatiguing work : uninspiring or menial labor.  That’s how both Wally and I feel about our jobs these days.  It’s sad … maybe it seems so bad now because it’s been overcast and rainy for the past few days.

I put the horses in the goat pasture on Monday and they ran around and churned it up.  It looks like a herd of pigs have been rooting in the passage way from the goat shelter to the gate.  I felt so bad for the goats having to pass through knee-deep mud, I put a line of pallets leading from the goat shelter to the gate so they could walk on them.  Often, it feels like we are constantly wading through knee-deep mud.

If Mother Nature gives you rain and horses give you mud, you build a bridge.  Wally said that when he got home he thought to himself, “Michelle is getting up too early and has too much time on her hands.”  I’ll be able to move the goats down to the back pasture and will have to pick up the pallets tonight.

We’ve got a guy coming out with a Bobcat to clean out the goat shelter and that area and hopefully once that is cleared out, it will dry out and we can keep it from getting too built up.  The goat shelter (as well as Gwen’s winter housing) will have to be cleaned out weekly or bi-weekly to keep it from getting so built up.  I’d love to take advantage of the deep bedding approach of maintaining animals, but without equipment to move this deep bedding, it just is not feasible.

I think I’m going to move some of the bedding material and put it on the two beds up against the house and let them rest for the summer and plant them in the fall.  We need to re-think how to enclose those beds to keep the chickens out.  The panels can be used to train squash and cucumbers to climb and those plants are about ready to start to climb.  With all the rain we’ve received recently, things should really start to grow in the garden and everywhere else for that matter.

We are going to a one-day Robbie Potter clinic on Saturday.  I can’t wait for Saturday.  I feel sure that he can help me with Sudi.  On Monday, I rode Rosie and when I finished with her, I took Sudi out and did a lot of ground work with him.  Previously, I felt like ground work was a waste of time, but after I finished with him on Monday, I can see how it will be very helpful.  I discovered while on the ground, I felt more confident and my confidence transferred to Sudi.  We wandered around out in the fields and there’s some things out there that could be very scary to a horse.  They barely bothered Sudi … however, I think if I was on his back, I might have been worried about them (afraid that he was going to spook and I’d fall off) and my fears would transfer to Sudi.  I have toyed with selling him and I still might.  I feel like I’m too old to be fooling with a green horse.  Wally would be perfectly happy if I sold him, but on the other side of the coin, Sudi is a really nice horse and I’d be hard-pressed to find another one like him.

Decisions, decisions, decisions.

Until later …