Thursday, March 6, 2008

Big Spring Plans







OK, Big plans for this Spring.........These are the things on our list of purchases from trusty Farm n' Fleet next week. I'm going to re-seed the pasture. Of course this will piss the girls off as Misty is still pining away at the pasture, although it's currently filled with snow and ice, but I plan on re-seeding with a horse pasture seed mix, may have to look around a bit for the right mix, but as soon as this winter breaks and ground has thawed, we will get right to it. The de-thatcher as well as for weeds, but I'm hoping this will help in riding arena/training pen as well to soften up and loosen ground. Not sure about that one, may have to re-think that plan. What I really need is sand in that area, but I worry as in the Winter, I extend the paddock by opening riding area so the girls have more room to stretch, which then means I will have to change feeding habits as often we just throw hay out there and if it's sand, can't do that. It wouldn't be such the problem as I generally feed hay in their big hay feeder, but on nights when I work, Steve feeds and does not go into paddock with the horses by his own choice and my request as he did once when I had a little feisty two year old that walloped him in the head once. Steve is not a horse person by any means. There is, however another piece of equipment that might just work to dredge things up, much heavier with big square claws, but wasn't priced. I will have to ask about that one. We'll have to see as Spring really starts to approach. It's easy enough for me during warm months and after big spring clean up to keep horse area clean, the hard part is the goats. They waste so much hay and I see them now stand on a one foot pile of frozen old hay. Last year, I buried the rented bobcat in the goat pen and we had to get creative on that clean up. Smelly little buggers!

9 comments:

BrownEyedCowgirls said...

I hear ya on the spring plans. I pieced together a couple of old harrows from the ranch to drag behind the pickup or 4-wheeler and tried out the hay rake to clean up around the bale feeder last winter. It worked as long as I did it before the hay was ground in. I really need to replant my small pastures in town this spring too. It really is never ending with horses isn't it?

Callie said...

Yeah, I've got a big 4-wheeler that I plan on dragging all this equipment around with. I haven't replanted in two years, so it's about time. I always supplement with hay as I have a small pasture area, but it's perfect for a few hours of turnout each day.

Kathy C said...

I have a nice little plan of action for my spring pasture re-seeding. It was supposed to be a "March seeding." I doubt it!

Nuzzling Muzzles said...

I'm amazed at how green the pasture is in the picture on the sidebar labeled "Callie's Horses". And is that corn back there? Do you grow corn? I can seed all I want in Nevada, but very little grows. The ground is layers of sand and clay. I have to dump tons of fertilizer.

Callie said...

NuzMuz, I'm surrounded by grain farmers. I'm only sittin on 2 acres. That was end of season last year, October, Pretty slim pickin's and well overgrazed. We do have good earth up here, some clay but pretty good black earth. The year before was really good, but I definately need to reseed this year as I left the girls out there too long last year.

Callie said...

Kathy, I was planning March as well, but at this point, ain't gonna happen!

Anne said...

Oh, man, I'm jealous. You're going to do it right.

Is there any better way to chase away winter than with spring planting plans?

Callie said...

Got to plan it, since it's still too crappy outdoors to execute!

ell said...

I love planning for spring! I'll be interested to know how the new implements work out.