Friday, July 28, 2006

the new fence

I took a walk out to the road and across the creek this morning. Our 40 acres includes a long, slightly wedge-shaped piece of land on the north side of the too-straight Sand Creek. The creek is hidden in the willows in the upper right side of the picture. Before we moved here we let the neighbors hay this area, as it is part of a much larger hayfield. Now that we live here, and have horses, it makes much more sense to fence our part and use it for pasture in the summer. The problem was finding the time, and money, to dig post holes and put up a proper fence. We ended up hiring out the job to someone with the right equipment, whose final bill was very reasonable. We still have to put up the electric fence webbing and install a gate, but that's just about a day's work and then the horses will have room to run.

I just wish that grass was a little greener!


madcapmum said...

We got a good, soaking rain last night. Hopefully it's headed your way now.

Deb said...

I hope so too. The thermometer, in the shade, says 100. Didn't get the air conditioner today, but if tomorrow is anything like the forecast, I think we might consider it. I'm off to get some cold drinks.

LauraHinNJ said...

Funny what a few days of consecutive 95 degree plus heat and humidity will do to your opinion on the evils of air conditioning, huh! We've had ours going for a few days now - hate it, but it's just too darn hot!

Pasture looks pretty - will you have to do much with it for the horses? Do you just leave it and see what grows?

the Contrary Goddess said...

just as a note to you, I've found that I don't like the fence webbing (we call it tape). Wire works better, shocks better, is more durable. I think humans like the tape because they can see it.

Deb said...

LauraH- There are no air conditioners available for sale within a 60 mile radius, so I guess that solves that question!

The pasture is already pretty good grass, so I don't think we'll have to do much with it for now. We do want to reseed the enclosure where they've been which is pretty much bare dirt, with some good forage though.

Contrary Goddess- I'll pass that along to The Hermit, who is the horse person of the partnership here. I was always under the assumption that the webbing was more visible to the horses, therefore it was better. But as our farrier (who is leaving for Oregon next week, dang it!) said, "If a horse wants to hurt itself on a fence, it'll do it no matter what's there."