Posted 19 July 2012 - 03:21 AM
Looks like, at long last, we will get some much needed rain today. Hope it goes on for a good long while. Our grass is beyond crispy. We were 102 on Tuesday, and now classified as in extreme drought. Pretty unusual for SE Mich. No forage out in the horse pastures at all, so we have been feeding round bales, usually reserved for winter. Hubby actually went to the extreme step of buying more rounds directly from a producer, as auction prices have gone out of sight here, in the last few weeks. From 50 to 70 dollars for small rounds! We have a good bit of hay on stock, and will wait to see how the rest of the hay season here plays out.
Nice thing though, is that our Apps are doing fine. Drinking great amounts of water, we went to two barrels per pasture to meet their daily needs. Hitting on their mineral blocks heavy too, besides what they consume in their pelleted feed.
I haven't been riding either, since the temps got so high. Thinking of trying to talk my hubby into going over to the local park, ten minutes away, on Friday when he get off his midnight shift, if the temp is reasonable. Just an hours easy walk gets you around it.
My sis, and fiance, just bought a used motor home, which they will enjoy during their honeymoon trip. She has a national campground membership. 20 footer, which parks in a regular space, in really nice shape, for $4000. They looked into renting, and the price was half what they paid to buy, for just a weeks rental, with milage restrictions.
Wonder if the horse shows know they could call their local Sheriff's dept mounted division, and request patrols during the show? They are all volunteers, and don't expect to get paid for their time, although some duty is paid by the entity contracting for service. Even unmounted, or mounted, neighborhood watch patrols, would be a good deterrent to theft.
People who will tell you the brutal truth when needed are keepers