I got my shipment from State Line Tack on Wednesday afternoon. UPS and FedEx are slowly figuring out how to navigate my long ass driveway and turn around. Since I am home all the time I can’t really hide from them but so far no one has been pissed at the shit ton of stuff I have been buying. HA! But woohoo, Tate now has a stall guard. More airflow yes please. He loves his air conditioning (the stall door kept a lot of cool air out and hot air in at night)!
I also got my cross ties (yes no more feral horses ha I just had to rig them up with baling twine due to the limitations of how damn wide my aisle is), and a new pitchfork that is perfect for my pellets, and a few other things so yay! I have a shipment coming by tomorrow from Smartpak for Tate (his fly mask and sheet) and I am a bit pissed that the UPS tracking for my order yesterday says that everything was delivered but the box that came did not have my better bucket in it. GRHHHH so back to State Line again to complain and see what happened to that (they tried to ship my order to my old address twice so I am treading with caution with them for sure)!
The Tractor Supply pellets are dusty as I knew they would be and I am not sure they are the best material for the pig who is known as Remus but it works great for Tate and his tiny little poops and his tendency to churn his stall like a Nutribullet.
But the heavy metal pitchfork I bought at first didn’t do the job very well (that is more for shavings) and the small little plastic one I had for my trailer, worked well but it was tiny. SO I started looking and found this! And I think I am in love. AND IT IS PURPLE! And it was cheap. I love it, it really separates the poop from the pellets. I already started breaking it in and it really does work well with separating. I recommend anyone looking for a new pitchfork to get one and it has a one year warranty for the pitchfork part, so win win!
OH and that sprayer to the right of the new pitchfork? Five bucks at Walmart for spraying the barn where the fly spray system doesn’t reach. Flies have gotten insane. The horse flies are horrible. I know August is a horrible month for a lot of things but ugh. BUGS begone. I thought for five dollars I couldn’t lose so made up a toxic concoction to spray in the stalls when the horses are out in the field. DIE FLIES DIE.
One funny thing happened when I was in the barn on Wednesday night. I was futzing around with all the new things and waiting for Mark to come out to put the stall guard up and had taken the rope down from Tate’s stall when they came flying up to see what was going on (and if there was food naturally). Remus went in his stall and started eating and Tate went into his. And about ten minutes later I looked up to see a pony standing in his stall. With no rope or stall guard. Open door. OOPS. IF that had been Remus, he would have been in the next state.
This proper pony just stood there right at the threshold like the good pony he is. Learn, Remus, learn good manners! HA.
And these two continue their love affair each morning. They crack me up daily…..
Can’t wait for the first time I pull out of the driveway with Remus and leave Tate behind. Much tears and screaming will commence I am sure. Poor deprived creatures!
Do you have any tools of the trade you swear by if you have your horses at home with you. Inquiring minds wanna know! Work smarter not harder is my motto so am open to any suggestions on barn care! Do people at your local feed store recognize you now like they do me (how embarrassing). 🙂