Olympus Ranch Stables

Friday, November 28, 2014

Stall Triage

Last week we had a pretty tough wind storm. I was seriously worried that one or two of the trees in our yard was going to snap and crash into the house. A few weeks ago I set up cool canopies to extend my stalls and keep my horses dry. I loved them! Here is a quick view of what they USE to look like:

So, as I said, last week we had a horrible wind storm that completely demolished my lovely stalls! Today I spent most of the day fixing Varro's stall. I found all the pieces of the canopy and reassembled it using "Gorilla Tape" at all of the joints. I also taped down the front of the canopy so that when the wind starts blowing, it won't pick up the canopy. I also taped down the corner ties and pounded in some T-posts to anchor it down better. I am fairly confident that it will stand up to the next wind storm! I did not get Aspen's stall put back together as it started pouring rain just as I was getting the frame put back together.

I am headed to Washington DC for the next few days so will have to finish Aspen's stall and do some touch up on Varro's when I get back.

Monday, November 24, 2014

A word on frustration

It has been over a month since I have really been riding my boy. The covered arena in less than 20 minutes from my house but I just have not been able to really commit to hauling out on a regular basis! When I get home from work, I just plain do not have to energy to load up (in the dark; in the rain) and haul Varro to an arena and then haul him home. This has been a really great move for all of us AND it has been hard on us too. I miss having a wonderful arena with really nice footing right outside my front door. I miss having miles and miles of dirt roads to use as my personal network of trails. I DO NOT miss the wind, blazing hot weather and sand storms. I love the green here. I love the people here and I love my job. With the Holiday Season quickly approaching, I have decided to just let go of my quest to ride regularly and hold out till the new year.

I am making a list of "must haves" for house shopping when we are ready to purchase property out here! Number one on the list is a barn, number two is a covered arena!