From Endurance to Dressage
Barn Chores: Wood Pellets
Not one of my favorite barn chores, but it's one that I have to do twice a year. We have very sandy footing here, but it's not particularly soft. Sand is actually quite hard so we like to bed our stall footing with either shavings or wood pellets.
I've blogged about this a dozen times or so, but wood pellets are small pellets of compressed wood that separate into a coarse sawdust when wet or crunched. They don't blow away in the wind, they don't get lifted with the pitchfork, and they blend into the sand nicely to give a fluffier surface.
I buy a pallet of 50 bags twice a year. I use one bag in each stall once a week. I usually buy the pallet earlier in the spring, but my schedule got a little hectic in April due to our trip to Washington, DC, so I had to do it yesterday in the heat.
Since Sydney was still a bit tender footed on Saturday, I was left with some free time so I drove on over to Tractor Supply. Unfortunately, the guy who loaded the pallet into my truck wasn't such a great forklift operator (oh … hahahah - that reminds me of my favorite meme).
As soon as I turned out onto the road (a busy four lane street), the top half of the pallet slid over the side of my truck. The pile of 50 bags was shrink wrapped, but there was no way the plastic was going to hold all the way across town. And at just over $5 a bag, I couldn't afford to let 15 bags hit the road.
I pulled over as quickly as I could and sliced open the plastic shrink wrap. I then had to lift at least 15 bags back into the bed of my truck. I wish I had thought to take a photo of my leaning tower of pellets, but alas, I didn't. I made it back to the barn safely and then had to unload and stack the 50 bags.
I should be good until fall, but then I'll have to do it all again!
5/18/2014 05:56:34 am
What wonderful ideas you have! I cannot wait to get a pallet to use when we move to WA in a couple weeks!
5/18/2014 09:23:58 am
Not sure any of the ideas are original, but thanks! :0) I LOVE Washington; it is a beautiful state!
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About the Writer and Rider
I am a lifelong rider.
I began endurance riding in 1996 where I ultimately completed five, one-day 100 mile races, the 200-mile Death Valley Encounter, and numerous other 50, 65, and 75 mile races. I began showing dressage in 2010.
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About Speedy G
Speedy went from endurance horse to dressage horse. After helping me earn a USDF Bronze medal in the summer of 2020, he is now semi-retired. Speedy is a 2004, 15'1 hand, purebred Arabian gelding. His Arabian Horse Registry name is G Ima Starr FA.
Izzy was started as a four-year old and then spent the next 18 months in pasture growing up. I bought him as a six-year old, and together, we are showing at the lower levels. He is a 2008, 16'3 hand warmblood gelding. His Rheinland Pfalz-saar International (RPSI) name is Imperioso.
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