Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Busywork and Lungeing

Monday Not So Blue

I had a productive Monday. The weather was incredible with dry, cool air more the norm than the exception.

I spent a good part of the morning with the weed whacker--string trimmer--finishing up the front bank and trimming around the trees and house in front. I could have cut my workload by half if the DR. trimmer was running, but once again it failed me. I took it down to my neighbor's house so he could look at it for me. He brought it back in the evening, repaired. Apparently a little bump on a vital part had knocked part of the fuel system out of alignment. Not sure I am too keen on a piece of yard equipment being that sensitive, but I will be careful of it in the future.

I went for an acupuncture treatment in the afternoon, and then came home to lunge Chance. We didn't do much, but I was really happy to see that he looked even on all four legs. Whatever that issue he has with the right hind leg seems to be resolved again. I plan on riding him today, so I will know for sure as what often does not show up on the lunge can show up under saddle.

Tucker is still missing a shoe, so I wrapped his foot in duct tape and vetrap. I know it will not hold up for long but it does offer a little protection to his hoof. I called Scott again, just to remind him Tucker was waiting, but I still haven't heard anything.

After I finished the lungeing session, I went out to poo pick the arena. It's been neglected for at least two weeks because of all the rain.  The Boys have also been using the arena gate to get to and from the pasture because the main gate gets really muddy and full of water when it rains. That means they have dropped a lot of manure on their travels in and out. It took a while, but I got the whole arena pretty clean. I will, however have to go in to mow the edges and some of the more central areas. Since I haven't been riding much the footing is getting over grown with grass and some weeds. It's amazing how nature insists on encroaching, even in a sand area. Now that the DR is working, I'll do the trimming with that.

I need to do the hard outside work today, as the weather will be taking a "summer turn" over the next few days with temperatures rising to the 90's F.  As long as the humidity does not come along with the heat it will be OK, but I'm not too optimistic. I guess I'll just have to wait and see.

Meantime, at least for now, the yard looks pretty good.


  1. I am jealous of your "cool" temperatures. We are in a spell of 95 - 100 F. Thanks goodness we do not have your humidity.

    I hope Scot is ok - seems strange that you have not heard from him. However it's a good opportunity to focus on Chance.

  2. Outdoor equipment always seems to give out when you need it most. Our weed whacker is out of commission for the time being too. Glad you got yours fixed quickly. Ours is in the shop :(

    Sounds like you got a lot of work done along with the lungeing. Hope you got to ride. It seems the temps are going to soar within the next few days. Sure not looking forward to that. Keep cool.