Spent the day with my head down a hole
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
I had a day off work yesterday for a dentist appt. About 7 AM I was drinking my coffee and watching the news when someone knocked on my door. It was an older lady who drove by on her schoolbus route and stopped to let me know my horse had broken the fence. This nice lady wanted to let me know before Katie got out and into the road. She stayed and kept watch while I threw on the first available jacket, grabbed a halter off the hook by the door, then ran back to get carrots to entice the horse. When she saw me come out and put the halter on she waved and drove off. An Earth Angel who'd done her good deed for the day. I locked Katie in the small paddock where she can get into the barn and dragged a spare fence post out to the damaged spot. The old post, about 20 years old had rotted off at ground level, the rails the attached to it were old and weak. I salvaged the 2 best of them to reuse and gathered tools to dig up the stub of the post. The post and rail fence is made with 8 foot posts, three feet of which is underground to stabilize the fence, so digging one up is a major job. I spent 2 hours digging in the morning, showered and ran to the dentist,had lunch then two more hours digging before I got it out. Then went to a nearby fence company to buy rails. I asked the guy to choose the strongest ones from the pile. I told him "think a thousand pound animal who can run 20 miles an hour." Parked the pickup near the broken spot and hauled out the heavy rails. Plugged in the replacement post (Yay!) went to put in the rails and found the adjacent post was weak too.. I tried to make to work but it had only been standing up cause it was leaning on a tree. Had to dig that one up too. This one is more trouble cause the tree grew so close to it that the roots were up against the post on 2 sides. This means I don't have room to use a shovel, I have to dig it up using a garden trowel. so far on this one I'm down to my elbow, loosening the dirt and taking it out one handful at atime. I know I won't reach the bottom of the post untill I am reaching the depth of my armpit, still a long way to go. Alton promised to help me this evening so we will probably finish the job. When I let Katie out after being confined in a small turnout for two days she is likely to gallop around and kick up her heels for a few minutes, showing off her skills as a former racehorse.