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        02-15-2010, 02:46 PM
    I'm with everyone else, Water is the biggest concern. My main well pump blew a line and flooded my back yard a few days ago. Its out of commission till spring or I can get the money together to fix it. I just thank the good lord we had a submersible elect. Pump put in my other well last spring and unhooked the windmill. I'd be waiting for wind or hand pumping otherwise.
    I also hate dealing with hay. They are on grass pasture all summer.
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        02-15-2010, 02:50 PM
    Wow, right now I'm really loving my frost-free pump. I mean I have problems with it sometimes and occaisionally my heaters get screwy and the tank freezes, but I only end up carrying buckets like 2-3 times a winter and that's usually for a day MAYBE 2. It did suck when I was at a friend's place and we had to haul water for 5 horses.

    Still trimming hooves in the bitter cold feels worse in my experience. What I wouldn't do for a heated barn/arena really anything that didn't involve me standing outside for an hour.
        02-15-2010, 03:03 PM
    Originally Posted by charlicata    
    I was wondering what everyone's least favorite barn chore is when it's cold and there's snow on the ground. I'll start off.

    My least favorite is scraping the snow off of the wheels of the wheel barrow. We don't have a tractor or a manure spreader, so it gets put in a big pile in the woods on the BO's property. If I don't scrape the snow off, I end up having a wobbly crap carrier which catches so many shavings it's not even funny.

    I hate mucking the barn, they pee and it freezes, and so does the manure.
        02-15-2010, 05:37 PM
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    I'm with the rest of you that haul water in the winter. Yuck! Especially trudging through freshly fallen knee deep snow. I get more water on me than in the tank! Also, having to clean out the water tank and refill it entirely.
        02-15-2010, 06:45 PM
    Green Broke
    Originally Posted by Delfina    
    Chipping frozen horse manure out of the corrals. It's gets bad enough sometimes that I have to get my husband to go chip it off the ground so I can shovel it up. Then, because it's frozen solid, it's so heavy I can only move a half-wheelbarrow of it, so cleaning the corrals takes forever because I have to make twice as many trips. We don't make a pile, we spread it out in the back pasture to decompose but frozen poo doesn't spread so when it warms up, I have to go spread mounds and mounds of it then.
    One year I tried blowing the poop and snow with the snowblower on my tractor. It worked for a little bit and I thought I was on to something until I broke the shear pin.
        02-15-2010, 11:18 PM
    Originally Posted by churumbeque    
    One year I tried blowing the poop and snow with the snowblower on my tractor. It worked for a little bit and I thought I was on to something until I broke the shear pin.

    Oh DANG...that stinks...literally...hehehe. The shear pin broke in our snowblower this last snow. Luckily the hubby had picked up some for just in case situations.

    I know what you guys mean by the poo freezing. I'm kind of glad it does though. Makes it easier to pick up out of the shavings. Rosie likes to walk hers into the shavings...everywhere. I've been pretty lucky as far as the pee freezing though. Since I started cleaning the stalls in the morning before I go to work and in the evening, it's not so hard to get all of it.
        02-17-2010, 04:40 PM
    Mine would probably be watering the barn. 24 horses in the barn and only 3 spikits in the barn ! And another would be breaking the ice in the feilds.
        02-20-2010, 11:32 AM
    Well I hear everyone with regards to working w water in -40! Been there done that! That is why I when I built my barn I made sure it was heated....and had a watering system that allowed us not to worry about hauling or f*** w water in winter!

    So I can't complain about that now....YAY!!! However, my least favorite winter chore now, is dumping the manure spreader in -40! Sitting there in the middle of the back 40 w the wind howling on your face not fun. And gotta love when the wind is swirling around, and blowing manure and pee soaked shavings into your face!

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