Saturday, December 19, 2009

When life is exciting...


I usually wish it wasn't. Boring is good! November was nice. Than it got cold. Initially, that wasn't so bad. The ponies ate hay and put up with my silliness.


But the sub-zero temps have been hard on equipment. Two tractors and the skid loader at the farm cocked their toes up. The tractors went down first - the skid loader, after a week or better of tugging round bales about, started spewing hydrolic fluid and died. They came yesterday to winch it onto a trailer and haul it off to be fixed.

T, bless his heart, has been feeding the horses the part of the week that I'm in Aberdeen, so he was the one who got to load the back of the pick-up with hay down at the bales and haul it to the horses.

As if the tractors weren't bad enough (and it wasn't just the horses needing hay - there's also the 200+ sheep & the cows, so little wonder the skid loader quit), the vet was out to castrate calves on Thursday. Working calves involves closing the horses out of the upper lot. Usually not an issue, as it doesn't take more than a few hours.

Unfortunately, the cold weather wasn't done claiming victims, and the hydrolics on the chute went. And unless we're working on the second three, that was unlucky event #4! Thankfully, no one was seriously hurt.

But the chute, sans lifting power and sans tractors evidently couldn't be moved, either. The good news? The sheep & cattle can all still get to the waterer which is behind the chute. The bad news? Yep, you guessed it. The horses can't.

That little blue bit back there? That's the waterer.

And that's where the chute's parked. Smack in the way.

So we're doing the bucket routine - hopefully - temporarily. Which of course meant we first had to find the big buckets, and one of them had to be patched. This was the quick fix. It's amazing what you can do with electrical tape. As T said, it's not quite duct tape & baling wire, but it's up there.


But the horses are happy & healthy, and that's the important thing, after all.

6 comments:

Kate said...

Boy, that's really awful - I hope things warm up enough soon that things can get put right!

Tammy said...

Oh, my! Hasn't it been just awful. Agree, our machinery has taken it hard, too. Most of our is pretty dated & requires TLC on a good day! These -0 days were killers. We've been feeding the herd small bales, but *hope* he's got the tractor going now that has the bale fork on it.

BrownEyed Cowgirls said...

Man, I so feel your pain. I've been there. Had everything freeze up a couple of winters ago and had to bucket water to the herd from the bathtub. Horses rather liked getting warm water though.:)

Hope all gets righted soon, cause that is hard, hard work.

buckpony said...

Oh Sunny, all that sounds so awful! T must be a true hero - at least he sure sounds like one! I hope you get a break from that horrible cold soon. It was great to see a post from you - I'd been wondering how you were doing. With that kind of cold, your fingers could have been frozen to the computer keyboard!

I hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas and a blessed 2010!

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