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Break from "posting"

Today we are taking a break from "posting" so I thought I would let you see what we have been working on this week.  As a family, we put in some long hours. 


We had a great job foreman (my hubby) that kept us motivated.


And the second horse shelter is constructed! 


This one is smaller at 24'x10' and just the right size for this pasture.  Again, we made the sides slatted so the wind would gently go through instead of whipping around it.  It's really amazing how well it works.  If you stand directly behind it, you feel a gentle wind but if you are a few feet away, it is the slightest breeze or none at all.  Being naturally claustrophobic, the horses love being able to see through it.  It's funny to watch them on both sides staring at each other.  We are hoping that the grass this summer will continue to grow under it since there is some light coming in. 


When we finished building this one, we made some needed changes to the first one.  If you remember, it was slightly experimental.


The roof was starting to sag slightly so we removed the entire top and replaced the 2"x6" support boards that run lengthwise with 2"x10"s plus used heavier bolts to tie it all together.  I think they will do the trick.  They certainly look much stronger!
  Next step is to paint (if the wind will quit blowing).  My job of course, since no one else around here likes to paint.  We also decided to put a metal roof on them to give the horses more protection from hail, since spring storms are much more dangerous to horses around here than winter storms.  The roof will go on after they've been painted.

Cowboy is always around when I have the camera out.


And then, as if that wasn't enough, we moved on to start the goat shed.


This is where the goat pen and milking shed will be.  The posts that you see were originally sunk to make a falcon "weathering" area for my oldest son.  They have been left unattended for several months and were therefore acquired by eminent domain by me!  My goats need a good pond view, after all.  And it was the last spot large enough to put their pen.

Despite what it looks like, I had lots of help.  I had the easy job of
holding the posts level while the boys mixed the concrete.

So we did more "posting" to make it bigger.  It will be a 12'x12' gabled roof shed with a 7'x8' lean-to on the side.  That bump out will be open on the east end for the goat girls to use as their house.   It should look similar to our farmhouse only lots smaller. I may even paint it red!

Today, there will be no "posting" because of a 25 gusting to 40 mile per hour wind (remember, we live "where the winds come sweeping down the plains").  It's a bubble bath, painting fingernails and toenails, Jane Austen movie kind of day.  After all, a girl can't be expected to wear leather gloves and work boots everyday, can she?

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  1. Ha ha! You are really busy folks, you deserve a bubble bath day!

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  2. My you guys have been busy! Sounds like our household when we're working on a project! Awesome job! I'm looking forward to seeing the goat's pondview 'house'! I would love to have goats but I can't talk my husband into it... yet!

    Enjoy your bubblebath!

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  3. You sure have been busy - but the kind of busy-ness that has real satisfaction. And to top it all off with a Jane Austin day....well, perfection, I'd say!

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  4. Your Goat Barn sounds and looks like it will be very nice, it will if it looks like your house, how many stalls will you have, it sounds like 4 maybe inside , are you going to build 4 sides, are you going to leave it open on one, they say to leave 1 open, I know alot of question's. I'am still working on mine ,and I dont know about the top 2 sides they dont go all the way up , there's about 12 are so inches open at the top, mine is not anything fancy, it's 16 by 25, it has 8 stalls, I thought I could use one for a tack stall, and one for my milking stand, but I dont want to loose my space inside, The Lady's Goat Farms where I live they have a birthing stall, I dont have that much room, I would like to have one for that to, your lean to on the side, is going to be very nice, I'am thinking about one just so it can be the tack stall,( room for my feed and hay ). Mine thou is a lean to type barn, and it's out of Tin, that I'am going to paint Red. I cant wait to see more picture's of your's, and it looks like you have some really good help.

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  5. Sharon,
    The main part of the goat shed will have room for feed, a milking stand and two large pens that can be divided in half again to make 4 pens if we need that many. I figure they can be used as birthing or kidding stalls, either one. We are not planning on a large herd, so I am thinking this will work. As with the house, we are trying to build it with just enough space.

    The 7x8 lean to on the side wiil have two walls attached to the shed and will be open on the back side so the does can go in and out. This part will be their house. They will not be able to get in the main shed except when I open the short "goat" door for them to come in to milk. We are going to build the fence so part of the shed is in the pen but the main door into it is not in the pen. I wanted to be able to go in and out to access supplies without having them under my feet.

    I am also going to build a kid pen area that is right by the front door. That way they can go in at night to be protected from weather or predators. And I will be able to see them from the kitchen window when they are outside.

    I installed boards around the perimeter base of the shed today and had 3/8" gravel screenings delivered for the floor. That was a lot of gravel to move! It looks good and should harden but still drain out in the stalls.

    I do like the tin look. Painting it red is always a good idea. Do you have a blog? Would love to know more about you and your goats.

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  6. Coming over from Patrice's. Gosh we have a lot in common! We are building more little horse shelters in our pastures too. We have about 4 pastures we rotate.
    I'll be following. Come check me out if you get a chance!

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  7. I don't know anybody who works as hard as your family!

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  8. I loved your interview today. I dont have a blog yet, ( I'am thinking about it ). When I finish some of my projects around the house. Yesterday my Son got one of my Barn door's finished, and I'am very excited about it, now to get the other one done, one's for the front and one for the back,( I'll be staining today.) I'll try to get some picture's of it on my Facebook page, I have some picture's of my Goat's and Chicken's on there, it's ( Sharon Dodson, in Alabama), my profile picture is a blue bowl full of Egg's, I would love for you to be my friend, you could give me some ideas, you are so talented, with everything, cooking, sewing, DRAWING, decorating, your house is just beautiful, it look's like the Pottery Barn Catalog, ( I love ). My house is 31 years old, but I have only lived in it 16 years, ( and it's still not finished ). It's Log. Iam trying to make everything match, are tie together, my front and back door's are like your's, cross buck, and there painted Red, but my roof is Tin, and it's Green, I know your thinking , ( Christmas ), but the red is a darker red, and the green is a hunter green, so , I think it looks ok. But I was trying to get my Coop's and Barn to match, since there all so close together, I only have 5 acres, so I'am trying to make the most of it. My husband said he will not build another coop, I only have 3. ( it's a long story ), maybe another day. I'am very excited about your Goat Barn, I cant wait to see more picture's, as it goes along.

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  9. Great work! The horse shelters look great, and I'm sure they'll be appreciative of the roof once it starts hailing! I can't wait to see the finished goat building!

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  10. That is a fantastic shelter :) Mind if I copy it? ;) We get (routinely) 40-60 mph winds here and the 20% porosity is most certainly true! However, in Colorado, we also get lots of snow, so a roof is needed. Have you had a metal roofed structure before? I've found (with 20+ years of taking care of horses) that they will not stand in a metal roofed structure during a hail storm because of the sound :( I had a very heavily insulated barn that some horses *would* stand in - even though it was a metal roof. The same horses would not stand in the loafing shed which was 29g panel w/out insulation. I've met some that used asphalt shingles on ply and said their horses would then stand in the shelters during heavy rain and hail...and another option (not as long standing though) is the heavy industrial sunshade fabric used for greenhouse growers in the summer.

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  11. Beth,
    Be our guest on copying it. That's the greatest form of flattery. Also, the sunshade fabric is a fantastic idea! We haven't put the metal roof on yet but we've bought it already. Maybe I can talk my husband into building something else to put the metal roof on and we'll get sunshade for the run-ins.
    Kim

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  12. I wear steel toed boots every day to work around my place, and when they come off, my "Berry Daring" (color chosen by the husband--he's into nice feet) toenails are pedicured to perfection. The hands tell me that I work like a man, but they are always treating me like a lady.

    The husband says there's nothing like a hard candy shell with an gooey center, and that REAL women know how to get REAL dirty, but shine up like a new penny.

    What a blessing to be a farm girl. Thanks for validating our lifestyle! ;)

    Every once in a loooong while you find someone on the web with a voice and life that could be your own. Spooky!

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