Poor Rattle. He's been spending quite a bit of his time in trees the last few days, no thanks to Squeak.
|Rattle's cat clock imitation|
The ponies, meanwhile, are very pleased with life.
They've apparently decided that they can spare time during the day to nap instead of eating constantly.
When I went up to fill the water buckets they were hipshot in a semi-circle enjoying the breeze, but woke up long enough to investigate the possibility of lunch being delivered.
One of yesterday's projects was the barn stock tank - between the hay that's been dripped into it and the tank heater, it's developed some green scum. I'd heard some good things about this non-chemical stock tank cleaner so I ordered some and let the horses drink the tank down for a few days. The cleaner arrived yesterday, so I emptied the rest of the water out and rinsed the tank. The directions said no scrubbing required, so once I had it pretty well sprayed out I refilled it and added the cleaner.
It takes a one capful per 50 gallons, added once a week or so depending on usage. Pretty economical, considering a bottle is 32 oz. More info at Aspire Premium Equine Products....
Got the tank full, only to discover that it had sprung a leak... right at the bottom, of course. After some fiddling around with various ideas that didn't work, I finally got a latex glove out of the first-aid stuff, plastered it over the hole on the inside of the tank and then screwed a nail through it until the leak stopped. It's temporary, but it'll work until the horses drink the tank down and I can JB weld it or I can locate a rubber washer & bolt combo that will work to seal it.
On the plus side, my make-shift patch held water overnight and the tank's clean. We'll see if the remaining algae disappears and how quickly, and if it actually works long-term.