Monday, January 26, 2009

Destroying Stuff Is Fun

If there's one thing that gets a guy going, it's destroying something. Ask any fan of Office Space about the printer scene.

We had this really ugly overhang coming off the side of the barn and it was time for it to go. We also wanted to pull out some old fencing that wasn't doing any good.

I started off using some hand tools, and quickly moved to the tractor. By the way, I really thought that when I pulled out the first support in the middle that the whole thing would fall in. I didn't expect to have to pull out so many of the footings. I sped up the video for times sake...

Demo of Barn Overhang from ron upshaw on Vimeo.

Now comes the removal process...

See You Next Time

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Cowboy Up...

We shot some video last week of my latest riding lesson. I'm trying to learn how to canter. Here you go.

Ron Riding from ron upshaw on Vimeo.

I don't think I'll be winning competitions any time soon, but at least I'm more comfortable in the saddle.

See You Next Time~

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Ice is slippery, and other obvious things...

Where do I even start on this one?

Because there was a giant wind storm forecast for our area, we took the horses to the Cowgirl's trainer's barn. It is totally enclosed, and warmer than what we have here.

Then it snowed and snowed, and snowed some more, and we couldn't get the horses back on the slick roads. About a week or so later, it was finally clear enough to bring back the ponies. We got them unloaded ok, then this happened...

Good times.

Snow weighs 15 lbs per cubic foot....

That fun factoid plus the numerous news reports of collapsing structures led me to climb on top of our horse shelter with 10 inches of snow on it. Smart.

Snow On The Horsestalls 1 from R. Upshaw on Vimeo.

Snow On The Horsestalls 2 from R. Upshaw on Vimeo.

Snow On The Horsestalls 3 from R. Upshaw on Vimeo.

Snow On The Horsestalls 4 from R. Upshaw on Vimeo.

Snow On The Horsestalls 5 from R. Upshaw on Vimeo.

Snow On The Horsestalls 6 from R. Upshaw on Vimeo.

Snow On The Horsestalls 7 from R. Upshaw on Vimeo.

I'm typing this from the future, and I'm glad to report that the horse shelter did not collapse! Nice.

See You Next Time ~

Gerty gets her stitches out...

So we are suppose to wait 10 days before Gerty's stitches can come out. To keep her from gnawing at the leg she had to wear one of those cone heads.

Gerty healing up from R. Upshaw on Vimeo.

Finally it's been 10 days, and it's time to take out Gerty's stitches. I was tired of putting the cone head on her, so I can only imagine how tired of it the dog was...

We still have to keep her "as still as possible" for another 20 days. Then at the one month point - she can take 5 minute walks on the leash.

It's been pretty tedious, but hopefully Gerty will be running around like normal by Springtime.

See you next time...