It’s 82 degrees here today in Oklahoma, and I think that merits a new set of Spring Goals. But before I do that, I want to review my Winter Goals.
Overall, I accomplished most of the things on my list–definitely the most important things. I really liked having this smaller, sub-set of goals for the season. It helped light a fire under me because I knew the deadline was looming. Making my goals seasonal seems to be a better fit for me as well, since ranch management work changes with the seasons.
I’m most excited about the electric fence. This time around, I learned how to do it MAHSELF, and there’s no greater feeling than knowing you can do a job by yourself. In the past, I would have to plead with my husband to carve out time to help me, but now I’m learning how to be more self sufficient. He helped me get the first one done, and then I decided to run a brand new line of electric fence at my other barn afterward. So, not only did I get ONE installed, I got TWO done!
**Side note: old drawers make excellent charger mounts!
Brad did have to install the hot water heater for me at the south barn… It took longer than I had expected because he had to take the old one out. I chose not to replace it with another full-size hot water tank, and actually went with a portable on-demand system. We don’t use much hot water at the barn, mainly for wound cleaning and beet pulp prepping, so the smaller tank made more sense. He mounted it on the wall, and we now have running hot water again!
Kona and Hot Rod are sufficiently legged up for spring and summer riding! My daughter has been riding the heck outta Hot Rod, and I can’t wait to tell y’all about it.
And lastly, I didn’t exactly “research” ways to keep the dust down in the arena, but I stumbled across a great way just be experimenting. When we got a week of super-icky weather, I watered the arena in the evening, and then watered it lightly the next morning and immediately dragged it. Dragging it right after watering spread the moisture, and it there wasn’t any dust at all. I can’t do this all the time, because it would be a total waste of time and money on the water. However, this spring when it storms leaving the outdoor too wet, I’ll definitely be employing this method.
That just leaves the other two things on my list: budgeting and more arena planning. I’m a little stuck on the budget, to be honest, because of how much my seasons fluctuate. I’m starting to get an idea of how many boarders I’ll have in the summer and that will affect the budget dramatically. It will also affect my arena plans. Or if I can even have any new outdoor arena plans. So, those things are on standby for now!
Stay tuned for my Spring Goals!