As you all know, I made the decision to keep the ponies at home this winter instead of sending them to the neighbor guy's place. We did okay for quite awhile. The ground was clear and it was fairly easy to get all of my buckets, or the spare tank in the back of the truck and haul water out to the girls. Well, now we have a bit of snow on the ground (not bad, just about eight inches)and the water carting involves a plastic sled and five gallon buckets. Gave myself an asthma attack one day when it was colder and windier. Oh well, I live to tell the tale .... but a rescue inhaler would have been awesome that day!!
Anyway, I manage. It's hard work as their pasture is at the back of the thirty-eight acres but I need to see them everyday. They fill my eye. They sustain me.
So, each day starts with getting out the sled. Loading up the buckets. Getting out the hose. Hooking up the hose and filling the buckets. Draining the hose and laying it out so it won't freeze. Pulling the sled up the incline and across the ridge. Then on the downhill side, get out of the way and steer from the side cause it hurts pretty good if a loaded sled hits the back of your ankles. Okay, that doesn't sound like such a big deal but Mac says I'm starting to get my hourglass figure back. Okay, okay, it's a really freakin' huge hourglass!
All in all, I'm glad I kept the horses home this winter.