I’m at a Starbucks, trying to write quickly but also pondering the day as I sit before you. So much to decide quickly… I have to get the horses here fast, but I sure don’t want to put up a fence that I’ll regret later. So, I’m really trying to do as little as possible until I get a better feel for the place.
I have posted some pics from my mind crunch today – with my comments below each.
For now, I just need to get three large enough pastures created – with shelters. So, I’m going to fence the upper portion of the 5 acre pasture, using existing cross fencing. Then I’ll enclose the top/upper pasture next to the neighbor because it has 3 sides already. As far as the third pasture, I’m not sure. I’m going to ask the fence guy if I should go for a part of the 5 acres or if I should cross fence part of the front pasture. Whichever is economical, just to get everyone in. When I get settled and working, we’ll figure out the rest!
I have no hay storage. But, there is a shed that could be used for feed.
Starting from scratch! Wondering where I will hitch them and bathe them… wondering where I will groom them. All the special places I get to create! But, I did figure out where to park the trailer, so that’s good!
OK, gotta go back to the house! Sleeping there along. Weird with no refrigerator, no TV, no internet and nobody to talk to… (Hubby took Scouty home to Grass Valley.) I guess I’ll catch up on my reading! ;)
Everything looks very dry and brown. I thought California was getting some rain. Has this area been getting any of that wonderful rain?
Hi Dawn! Congratulations on your new home!!!
Only suggestions I have… Take a few screen captures of your “spread” with Google Earth… You’d be surprised what you decide from bird’s-eye view. I saw my “dream spread” several years ago… I will send it later. It gives me great ideas that you probably could implement…
So… trees… I’ve noticed that my horses leave Mulberry trees alone (very little bark missing). They grow very quickly. Just don’t plant them near the house! Pour “manure tea” on them and they SHOOT up. Also, here is another link for you… Also, I hear Box Elders are pretty good.
fast-growing-treesDOTcom…. just clear your growing zone and enter your zip code at the top…
Blessings and I KNOW you’ll be so happy here… Hills are wonderful, the view is… (sigh…). You’ve done well. Cosmetic stuff is last priority, of course. ENJOY!