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post #1 of 2 Old 05-26-2012, 04:14 PM Thread Starter
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Talking Thirteen Acres - A Day in My Boots

I've decided to start this to kind of document the different things that are going on at Thirteen Acres. First, I suppose I'll tell you how Thirteen Acres came to be. I was browsing Craigslist one day and came across an ad for someone wanting to lease their land. It didn't give much detail but to say that the property had a barn and was fenced, but had not been used in a while. At the time I had no idea how I'd make this a plausible situation, so I didn't respond.

After about a week, I couldn't stand it anymore. I'd thought and thought and thought about ideas for this land. I didn't know what it looked like, but I had many daydreams about it. Finally I opened my mail and emailed this person asking for details on what they wanted to do with the land, what kind of price they'd want a month, and what I could be allowed to /do/ on the land.

The next day I received the reply. He introduced himself to me and told me that he liked horses but didn't know much about them and eventually would like to own a few. He said he was hoping for someone to work the land and make it a functioning property, someone with horse knowledge. Price? "Let's see how the first few months go and then we'll talk about a lease fee."

Well it all worked out, and we got along well. So I began to make improvements and clean up. The stalls had 2 year old hay in the mangers, grass as tall as my hips, and needed repair. So far we have cleaned everything up, chopped down the jungle that had grown, raked up the stall floors down to fresh dirt, made a feed/hay room, fenced in a back pasture of about 2 acres, converted the field shed into a chicken coop, torn out all the rotten panels and ceiling in the tack room, repaired broken pipes, and have been a working property for quite a few months! I still have a lot of big dreams for Thirteen Acres, so I'll document a few of them and how they progress as well as what goes on and who joins our family.

Next on the list of projects: Ground the rest of our posts and put up a round pen, finish cleaning out the tack room and install new panels/ceiling tiles, build some saddle stands, section off more pasture with fencing, plant some fruit trees, take down old fence around the "house spot" and repaint/repair it fully, GET THE BATHROOM WORKING IN THE TACK ROOM...and I'm sure there is more.

So. Here starts the "blog" of Thirteen Acres! WISH ME LUCK!

Oh! And I gave Thirteen Acres its clever name because...well it is approximately 13 acres of land! HA

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Saturday, May 26th

I am bubbling over with excitement because I am making a trade soon for a new horse. I have had a lot of fun with May, my paint BLM mustang mare, however she is just too small for someone of my build, and I wouldn't be comfortable riding her. I was lucky to have a friend who needed a smaller horse for kids (May was previously a kids horse), and she was also getting ready to sell one of her adorable foals. So we made the deal to swap!

The foal is off her dun paint stallion, Gunner. (Gunner is gorgeous) She named the foal Rossi and he is a little over 2 months old right now. She will be keeping him until he can be weaned from his momma. At the same time, I will be taking in a paint mare that we negotiated on an other trade.

This friend is the same one who traded me Gulliver. I really like the foals that her stallion produces, and can't wait to start training Rossi. He is bay with a little star and one white sock. His mother is a very dark bay with black points. I think overall he's a nicely built little fellow and think he'll mature out beautifully.

I plan to geld him at 10 months and break him out when he's around 3.

My neighbor has suggested bringing over her 20 foot panels to make a small arena in the front pasture so we can ride and train in it. I'll have to find out if there's anyone that can disk it up. We have very nice, sandy soil, so it would be GREAT arena ground. I'd love to start practicing the barrels again.

This week I'm going to be working Holly out. She's been sitting in the pasture for about two months and it is time to get her butt back in shape. I want to work on her lunging problems with kicking out when touched on her back legs (only when lunging). She has NO problem being touched ALL over, her feet picked up and held, etc. It is only when something touches her at a trot/lope.

So I'll be taking our very long rope, hooking it to her halter, and running it around her butt while she lunges to desensitize her to that sensation. It is the safest method I've discovered because in the event she freaks out, I can pull it back up off her butt and just calm her and pull her in without her getting tangled.

In the meantime, I am supposed to go riding with the neighbor on Gulliver. I'll take some new pics of him all tacked up! =D
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