Summer is quickly rolling by. At the start of summer break, I had every intention of accomplishing several big projects so they’d be done when the majority of my boarders come back in the fall. But so far, my days have just been filled with living! So, perhaps I should call this list my “2017 Summer Wish List” instead… I better get after it, if I want to crush any of these goals.
I have been tackling at least one project for a couple weeks now! My mom and I have been spraying Round-Up on weeds every day when we get done feeding, trying to keep the unwanted growth in-check. Last summer was the first summer I experienced a mass exodus of students, and this year has been no different. That leaves my barn with unoccupied (and uneaten) runs, allowing weeds to flourish. It was a nightmare cleaning it all up last August before boarders came back! This summer, we’ve been diligent to start early.
Several other items on my list don’t require much effort on my part, mainly making calls and then coughing up the cash when they’re completed. However, having an extra wash rack will be so helpful! As it is now, my north barn full boarders, have to walk down to the south end of the outdoor arena to bathe their horses. This will also double as a hitching post at the north barn, and an excellent place for farriers and vets to work from. I have the same thing in mind for the hitching post at the south barn. I hope they will provide an extra space to tack-up, since it can get crowded in that barn at popular ride times. I envision a sort of tie rail like this one:
As for painting the bathroom, I need YOUR help. It’s a teeny functional bathroom, right off the tack room at my south barn. It’s always been white, but I feel like it’s time for a little sprucing up. Do I just paint a new coat of white? Or try a color? I have a bunch of knick-knacky horse signs on the walls. Do I keep them and just put them back up in a more organized fashion? Leave the walls blank? Do I paint the little vanity under the sink? HELP.
Wish me luck! What are you trying to accomplish this summer?