- Apr 25, 2003
I can do some more work on the gateways once winter is over. OH doesn't help me now so i am doing all the horse work now, whereas before he helped out. Might have issues laying the mats myself as the ones i was going to get are heavier but non slip, as the mud control mats can be a bit slippy, these have a different surface. The weather this year everyone here is saying is the worst it has ever been, torrential, daily, everything is so deep. The main winter field is fine once you get over the lowest part, one of the gateways has mud control mats down and it holds up. The new gateway created when we did fencing is where the water from the summer fields and the hills runs to and then goes out under the road and down the hill, it is the weakest link. The old field drains up on my neighbours land have collapsed so we get all their water coming down through ours, I planted a lot of willow in there then the buggers took the electric fence down and ate the lot......Put down some straw on the new entrance next to the yard when it started to go but didn't work, will need mud mats down, I thought about doing it before winter but given we had relaid the front yard with a surface and could used that entrance, give it a go as it was. Wrong decision. Plus with all the stuff with mum I really didn't have the energy to do it. The summer fields are holding up and have had to put Buddy and Tintin there with Buddy colicking and needing to have long grass due to his teeth issues. Haven't managed to harrow the summer fields but poo picked 3 of them yesterday so at least i have some really clean fields, two more to do, one is being used by Buddy and the top one i never do as it is at the steepest bit of the field and a bit perilous with the mower and harrow....might go up there and rake it as that would be safer. Buddy is feeling a lot better, have given him fast fibre mixed with a little of the veteran vitality and made very wet and he is managing to get that down him.If the land can’t cope with another horse this winter, it’s not going to be any better if you buy in spring as still won’t cope next winter! This sounds like an excuse as you already said you have enough for another one and can manage the extra work.
You should go, you want another riding horse and you can always decide you don’t like it when you get there but you won’t know until you try.