Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Well, Well


And that about sums it up. My plumber just left after trying to fix the pump to the barn's water well.

Good news/bad news....what's new?

The switch and some of the piping needed replacing, which he did, but that did not solve the problem completely. Apparently either the foot valve or one of the underground pipes is leaking. When that happens, the vacuum needed to pull the water up into the pipes is lost and the pump can't bring the water up.

My plumber hopes to find the time to come back to pull the pipes up, but if he can't I will have to call my well guys. They fixed the house well for me at a fairly reasonable price, so I would hire them again.

Meantime, the water is working for now. If the pump gives up the ghost, I can run a hose from the house out there. It will be a reverse of what we did when we used the barn well to supply water for the house when the house well was not working.

The blessing of all this is that it is spring and summer is on the way so I don't have to worry about frozen water lines for  good number of months. Something, at least, to be grateful for.

The Boys are nibbling away at the sparse grass in the pasture and paddocks. As I've said before, it's a good thing I don't have lush pasturage for them. It's just enough to keep them entertained but not enough to cause problems for Toby's Cushings or too much fat for the round boys.

My vet wants me to put a little more weight on both Tucker and Chance after their winter diet, so any nibbling for them is fine...but not too much as both chub up pretty fast.

I am spending my non-riding recovery thinking of ways to play with Tucker from the ground rather than trying to ride him all the time. I know just plain schooling will bore us both at this point, so I was thinking I might try to teach him to be a trick pony. Since he is very food motivated, I figure if I can choose the right techniques I should be able to train him to do something clever.

I'll keep you posted as to how it's going. But I need a week or so to get rid of some of the lingering muscle soreness in my injured leg. Sometimes I can walk without a limp, and sometimes it's very sore.

Guess I just have to continue to be patient with the healing process.


  1. clicker training....
    might help with the other issues as well!

  2. Glad to hear that at least sometimes you can walk without a limp - that is real progress! When can you start swimming?

    There is always something to be fixed - thankfully it is pipes not you this time :-)

  3. It's always something isn't it? At least the weather is warmer and you don't need to worry about frozen pipes. Wonder if the winter did them in?

    Good to hear you are recovering even if it's not as fast as you'd like. Progress is progress.

    Clicker training sounds like it might be a good idea. I've had some fun with the boys using that. And it's very treat oriented so they love it. There are some good books on Amazon and I bought the cones and clickers there too. Have fun with whatever you decide and heal quickly!

  4. Give him some ground obstacles, like we had at our Owhyee Trail Challenges... last time there were 2 people who ground drove their horses through them. I was impressed! http://www.endurance.net/owyheetrailchallenge/
    - The Equestrian Vagabond