Ripping   Leave a comment

The storm a couple of days ago ended up giving us better than half an inch of rain.  That’s great — except it left a lot of the pens and arenas with their very own little lakes.  That’s when son David gets on the John Deere and starts ripping — one of the unglamorous but necessary jobs around a stable.

This picture shows him starting to rip the arena by the house.  The only trouble is that I didn’t notice I accidentally had the camera on the “soft” setting, so this picture (and a few other recent ones) looks a little peculiar.


You can see, though, the glazed appearance of the ground before ripping, and the dark ripped area.  There are still some puddles in the background, but they’ll drain a lot faster now.

In the next picture, he’s nearly done.  You can see the difference a camera setting can make!


The arena’s pretty rough after its makeover.  In a couple of days, though, it’ll dry out, and David can come in and smooth it out.

There’s a lot more to running a stable than just feeding the horses and patting them on the nose!

Posted February 21, 2013 by stablewoman in Around the Ranch

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