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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.

ripping1

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!

ripping2

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!

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Posted February 21, 2013 by stablewoman in Around the Ranch

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