I've had Chili for a little over 3 months and she's moved twice since I got her.
I posted awhile back on a different section about us moving from a friend's (Heidi) to another friend's (Courtney) stable. At least, that's what I call it. 2 barns, several pastures, outdoor arena, indoor arena (being built), round pen.... Nice. Not "English" nice but "rough and ready, Western" nice.
Anyway. Courtney is one of those people you don't know that well but quickly become a good friend. Heidi, on the other hand, is the one you become friends with quickly and realize later ya never shoulda been friends but are somehow managing to keep it together (I think).
Long story short, we are now renting an old general store and house from Courtney's dad and instead of my horse staying at Courtney's, my horse is now here - in my own backyard. (2acres) Heidi and I are barely speaking unfortunately.
Chili seems to have adjusted but there are issues here I need to fix and I have no idea where to start.
The property has a barn and a lean-to and another lean-to. ALL of which are crammed full of stuff. Boards, barbed wire, metal, glass, you name it - it's there. We chose the cleanest lean-to that looked like it had been used by a horse (there was one there when we moved in but he has since been sold) and cleaned it out. We put up a 2-board "wall" and created a makeshift door (with hinges). Since I left and absolutely nothing was mine, I've made do with what we have. Probably the most "ghetto-fied" stall ever! She has a rubbermaid type container for her feed bucket nailed to the board wall and a metal rack shelf thingy also nailed to the board wall for her hay feeder (doesn't work so well, but neither did her old feed rack at the stable!) and a 5 gallon bucket holds her water.
The stall -as it is now enclosed and she does not have access to it for shelter at the moment (a thing we need to fix) bc if she had access to it, she would also have access to other areas which hold glass, metal, barbed wire- oh yeah, I already said all that - just makin' sure you're payin' attention! She's already been in one of them, so I know she'd do it again. The stall. The stall floor is made up of rock/concrete slabs pushed together. Not bad except the floor slopes and the slabs are uneven. It can't be comfortable to stand, let alone to lie down upon, but it's shelter.
My concerns aren't the ghetto-fied walls, door or feed (it ain't pretty but it works). My concerns are for her safety. I don't know the best way to fix that floor. My first thought was to even it out with concrete, but if we do that, do I also need to put down sand? Or rubber mats? Right now, we do not have any bedding either. I'm going to talk to Courtney to see if she can have additional sawdust delivered and I'll pick some up from her when I also pick up my feed (she gets both really cheap!) But idk if she can do that. My second thought was to take out all the concrete slabs and even the dirt out and leave it as dirt but that seemed - yuck for when she pees.
I'd like to make it so she can go into her stall as needed for shelter, but in order to do that, we'll need to fence off one area so she can't get into it at all and somehow board up or rope off the other leanto spots next to her stall so she can't get into those.
There is also a LOT of horse poop on the ground. Should I have it cleaned up or just let it lie to fertilize the ground? There is a lot.
On the flip side. I have spent more QUALITY time with Chili now that she is home than I ever did at Heidi's or Courtney's and while her new digs are quite shabby -she's home. She's coming to me from the field. She's following me around a little bit when I walk into the field with her. She isn't shying away from me when I pet her and she seems happy to see me.
Now, I just need her a companion.
Wait, I have stalls to fix first. :sigh: