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Henry after a recent bath outside the paddock

We’ve spent a good bit of time this past month improving the stall situation for Henry, our Tennessee Walker.  Our 200 year-old bank barn has seen a lot of use over the years, and was not the ideal location for boarding a 27 year-old horse. Tammi and I did some brick and cement work in his stall so we could level the entire width of the floor.  We purchased some mortar at Home Depot, and I set about mixing it in a plastic tub, using a garden rake. Tammi observed nearby, and came over to ask a question.

“Don’t you want to use a hoe?” she asked.

“A hoe?” I said. “What do I need a hoe for? I have a wife!”

“Huh?”

“The rake will do fine, thanks,” I said. “Let’s start stacking some bricks.”

We had a large number of bricks laying about the barn. I had used a number of them to extend our walkway from the kitchen to the garage. Now, we were using them to build a low wall in the stall, to the level of the main floor. We then filled in behind it with some extra pavers and bricks.

Henry enjoying the green grass of home in the upper pasture

The next day, our neighbors (Todd and Lisa) came by — Todd with his John Deere front end loader — and began filling in the rest with a mix of dirt and stone that had been refuse piled in the lower pasture when we had the driveway paved. It was the perfect fill. We then put the rubber mats on top and Tammi and Brandon spread the bedding.  Henry now had a nice level stall in which to lay down — and not trip.

Todd also helped to fill in the paddock with this harder material which has proven to be much better (less muddy) when it rains.

 

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