Happy Place, that foot pain sounds awful, hope sx fixes it up good. Glad you can ride, even if tough getting there. Rick, what a huge amount of work, but the property looks GREAT. Oh, & my desktop comp (no, have no laptop) is a HP Pavillion P6000. I does just fine for me, so can't complain.
In answer to your question, Nicker, a bit ago: there's ten horses (used to be eighteen). The Sunday cleaner hasn't been able to come out the last 3 Sundays. 1st Sunday her car battery died (related to that one!), & last 2 Sundays (inc yesterday) she's been @ the hospital as her newborn granddaughter is not doing well @ all. That rips my heart out. Send many prayers (sorry, can't remember the lady's name, meant her only once, briefly, but God will know who you mean).
Anyway Nicker: 10 horses, so Monday is 2 days each worth of poo. These are run-ins & pens, so don't have the bedding to do like you have to in your stables. But, yes a lot of work. (Had 2 or 3 of those when there was 18 horses...wow, horses poo a lot in one day alone...)
That's what I did today, 10 horses x 2 days poo. Janice helped (as she did last week) w/her four horses, by raking up & helping me scoop into the 'barrow. Oh, the trip to the manure pile isn't all that close, either, lol! (& had to laugh @ Nicler's pic of Jay on that pile..imagine one way, way, way bigger & taller).
No lesson today. I'm still sick, but didn't want to not go today, so "mucked" thru it. Janice wasn't feeling well either. We discussed the ground work/body language idea, but by the end of clean-up I agreed that it wasn't a good day for it, as the horse would've zoomed in on my lack of attention & physical level of not-being there. It's all good & ok, is what is. I got my horse-time just being around them, & gave Tommy much extra attention. Janice told me he's mopey because his owner hasn't been able to come out the last 2 Saturdays (Tommy's a very emotional guy). She said this past Sat she found him, after turning everyone out to pasture, standing @ his gate to his pen, w/his head on the gate. He didn't want to go be w/his friends, he wanted to just go to his "room" & feel sad. Poor baby!! I hugged & scratched & petted & made over him. We both knew it wasn't the same as Mommy coming to see him, but hope he felt a little comforted.
I asked Janice about the punch: she said she gets hers from Colorado Saddlery, which is wholesale but sells retail & to tack stores. She said, basically, that sometimes a hammer comes in handy depending on what you need to do, & to not buy the cheap punches; a $20 one should be ok, anything else is worthless (btw, she said hers cost $70). Not much info on that, sorry, but I did remember to ask.
Want to post the Project process pics, but need to log off & back one again to do so....
So, just a bit later..
Onward & Upward, I'm Not Done Yet...