My husband and I have been making some updates (mostly my husband really!) to Morstone Acres this summer that I wanted to share.
New Hay Feeder
While I loved my hay feeders using Rubbermaid water troughs, they had no cover from the rain or snow which led to wasted hay as well as moldy/decomposing hay going on in the bottom of the trough. After seeing some other feeders with roofs, my husband decided this was something he could build for me. The result is pretty awesome and has already saved me a fair amount of hay this fall. It certainly won’t be a 100% fix due to wind, but definitely a great improvement.
After that, we tackled the barn aisle. When we first renovated the barn we left the aisle with crushed stone. Pretty quickly the aisle became uneven, dirty, and dusty when horses walked through. Back in 2018 we pulled that aisle stone out, put in plastic grid, and added fresh gravel into the grid. This worked well up until recently, when enough dirt had gotten into the grids and mixed in with the gravel. We tried some things to clean it up, but it was going to be an intensive process that would not solve the issue long term. After much deliberation and calculation of costs for various options, we decided to go with mats. I chose textured mats, which is a pain for cleaning up the space but good for grip with the horses being able to walk in and out during the day. We’ve just been using a vacuum to clean up the grid which works decently.
Putting the mats in however was back breaking work both to move and cut the mats, but also because the ground had to be leveled and compacted. My husband created a frame around the space since we didn’t do the entire barn, and it turned out really nice.
I feel pretty lucky to have a husband who enjoys tackling projects like this, especially with how busy my work life has been this year. Still a few updates on my to do list like bird nesting prevention – anyone have any recommendations for this? Is it helpful to give them an alternative option?