Well wouldn't you know, I actually love doing all these things now. In fact, I had the option to do full board at this new barn for not much more money than I'm paying when everything's added up to be a rough boarder now, and I chose to stay on rough board. I am heavily invested in Lucy's health and level of care and I am a bit neurotic about making sure everything is done to my liking. Take my stall cleaning routine, for example:
|Lucy's stall is the third on the left. The first stall belongs to a little pony named|
Tony, the second is Boe's, the fourth is reserved for an incoming boarder,
and the last is a wash stall.
|This is pretty typical for Lucy's stall after she's spent|
a night in there. Manure is everywhere!
|My first step is to clean the stall thoroughly and then sweep back all of the|
|I throw down powdered lime to neutralize any of the acids that are left on the|
stall mats, which helps keep odor to a minimum.
|If the stall needs to have bedding added, I grab a bag of it and cut it open|
using a knife. Before adding water, the pellet bedding looks like small hard pellets.
I add 1-2 gallons of water to the bag and let it sit for about ten minutes.
|While waiting for the bedding to absorb the water, I snapped a quick shot of the|
indoor with the beautiful afternoon light streaming in.
|Ten minutes later, the bedding has expanded a lot, and soaked up all the water!|
|I dump the bedding out and spread it around, along with the old bedding that|
I had swept out of the way. I also scrub and refill her water buckets, and
put hay into her stall. Her dinner gets dumped into her bucket and soaked.
|Next, it's time to bring the beast in!|
|Mom, I'm not a beast...I'm a pretty pony!|
|happy pony stuffing her face, and a clean stall...for now ;)|