In which "the greening of Spring" needs to be un-greened with pressure-washing
Everybody gets all excited about "the coming of the Green" on St. Patrick's day. In the Swampland, we have other words for the varity of green-ity we see in early Spring:
mold. mildew. slime.
Inside the horse trailer: swept clear, but not CLEAN
I know that Lytha doesn't just wash her horse, tack, truck, and trailer before and after every event, she actually details them all (not kidding!). I would love to have gear that clean.
At Haiku Farm, we don't make the time for all of that.
The rig gets washed once each year, whether it needs it or not.
After a year in the Swamp, it needs it.
|yes, that's MOSS growing on the aluminum bars of the portable corral.|
|Totally non-toxic, and it will get the rig clean. Awesome stuff.|
|Spraying the dirt and moss out of the trailer interior.|
|Jim does the tall bits.|
Oooh, pretty, shiny.
|I figure, if it's functional it doesn't need to be pristine.|
It is nice to clean the trailer up every now an again, though.
Now that the trailer is clean, I can pack it for our upcoming ride! Home on the Range is scheduled for next Saturday, March 31st. I can hardly wait. I keep checking the weather forecast websites, hoping to find a weather prediction that I like.
|All this stuff gets crammed into the tack compartment,|
along with (duh) all the tack.
The green canvas bag is a crew bag, containing a flake of alfalfa, a small plastic feed pan, and various kinds of beetpulp concoctions for Fiddle to much at the vetchecks. On ride day, it will also hold a fleece blanket (for the horse OR the rider), some snacks for me, a few syringes of electrolytes, and a spare pair of warm socks!
The white bucket is used to soak beetpulp. Everything is marked with "pirate tape" so all my gear comes back to my camp after to the ride!
The green rubbermaid box holds baggies of grain (1-lb servings of complete feed plus a cup of whole oats), and ingredients for electrolyte syringes.
|Biggify the picture if you want to read the super-secret (not) electrolyte recipe|
cunningly written in sharpie marker on the electrolyte tub.
I mix up 6 doses of electrolytes at a time, and then dump them into a ketchup or mustard bottle. Then, when I need a dose, I can squirt it into a syringe without having to mess around with measuring stuff.
|Trailer interior, freshly washed. When it all dries out, |
I'll scatter two bales of cedar shavings on the floor to keep everything dry.
Inside the tack compartment, there's a place for everything, and everything in its place.
All packed up. Now, we're just counting the days
and checking the weather forecasts.
Meanwhile, look what we found blooming in the yard:
Maybe it really is (almost) Spring around here!