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Friday, May 14, 2010

Owls, Burros and a Tack Room Makeover

This is what an owl looks like in 30 mile an hour winds!
They usually stand upright all day long in the elm
tree...but papa owl was hangin' on last week!


I know you've been wondering about the lil' baby owls...well, they're out of the nest, and I'm waiting for my brother-in-law to send me the pics he got of them while I was at my clinic last week. They're hiding somewhere on top of the rim in the sage brush...hard to find!

But on that same windy day...the Wild Bunch was goofing off...


The "Headless Donkey" aka Stetson!



Catnip is showin' Stetson a lil' bit of motherly love and
Rohan is in between coat changes...he's got to
loose all that long white hair still.


One of our other projects on last weekend's list was the beginning of the 'Tack Room Makeover'...which is part of the 'Extreme Barn Makeover!' My Man works at a lumber/hardware store in town and sometimes gets some pretty good deals on materials that have been in their yard too long. There were some floor joists that they wanted to see gone...and we needed some...so they have a new home...in our barn!


After taking all the tack and shelving out of the tack
room, you can see why we need a makeover
in here...they only used 1/2 inch plywood and
green lumber for support underneath...it was a
pretty shabby job.



The old floor is almost gutted out. You can see how bad the
support was...the broken 2 x 6 against the wall!



All the sub-flooring is in...ready for the new 1 inch
 sheets ...that's this weekend's project! 
Note the layer of plywood on the bottom
of the joists...the goal is to make the tack room rat
 and mouse proof!

I've got some paneling picked out for the walls. It's oak sheets (old, thick, nice stuff) coming out of an old building...we're just waiting for them to demolish the building; they won't let us have it until then.

My Man's going to put up shelves for storage and saddle racks that will go on the wall above the saddle stands...this'll give us a lot more room.

He's also going to build a 4 foot door...I don't know how many times we catch the dang door knob on the tiny 3 foot door we have now...

Huge thank yous to My Man!!

8 comments:

Reddunappy said...

Wow!!! that floor isnt going to cave in :0)

Shirley said...

That poor owl- good thing he has big claws! Nice job on the tack room, your man is a handy kind of guy.

livingadream2 said...

I had to laugh at your comment about getting caught on the door knob! I know that feeling! If I tried to do it, I never would be able to pull it off, but it seems that as I go through, schlepping the saddle, bridle, chaps, halter, cleaning bucket, etc (I'm basically lazy, so I try to make as few trips as possible) I get hung up on the door knob and drop half of what I'm carrying.
Your tack room looks and sounds like it will be magnificent!

-Dreaming

http://livingadream2.blogspot.com/

Laura said...

Your new tack room sounds great! Nothing like fixing things up properly to make you feel better.

It seems wider doors come in handy when working with horses. My hubby commented on that on his first trip to the barn...

Sydney said...

Lucky you got a tack room. I have half of my room and my trunks in the barn.

prairierunner said...

You can come and overhaul the tack room here when your finished yours...seeing that you've got all this experience now ;)

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Your man rocks! You are so lucky to have such a talented man who can build and fix things. Your takc room is going to be so nice when it's complete. :)

I always love seeing pics of your burros. Rohan looks great, too!


~Lisa

CTG Ponies said...

That old floor was scary. The new one looks great. Can't wait to see pics of the finished room!

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