Plan your walk ways NOW, while you are still mobile enough. This is partially why I am doing the rebuild.
I want two breeds of chickens and a flock of guineas for Income producing. One partition will be reinforced for goats. but eventually I will build a separate goat pen inside the horse corral. just some judicious pipe corral panel placement and I can feed the horse and goats from the same gate. But poultry duties are time consuming and I need to rest between each pen. so having a shaded space to sit will be nice and just like in a kitchen I want a work triangle.
The goats will be company for the horse. So having them in the same space will be a plus. She will protect them from dogs as well.
She is a deadly shot with both front and rear hooves. And she doesnt suffer dogs trying to chase her. I have seen her take out a chunk of plywood the size of her hoof sending it about twenty feet across the driveway. She has size seven hooves.
If Katee wore shoes hers would be extra large. Compared to a horse who would wear a large. The extra large is about the size of the small dinner plate. I have seen all 2000 pounds of her go after a dog She can strike with both fronts.
I wish she had been able to protect the goats when the dog pack got them. But they were outside of her fence. so I will put up anti dog fence on the outside of Katees corral and build a goat house inside. Since I feed Alfalfa to the goats and Bermuda to the horse it makes sense to keep All the bales of hay stored in the same location. A bale of Bermuda weighs 110 pounds and a bale of alfalfa can weigh upwards to 135. I free feed both the horse and the goats. So that means putting a whole bale in the horse or goat feeders. By feeding that way No one gets anxious at a particular time of day.
No I dont lift a whole bale I slide it to the horse feeder and stand it on end and tip it over into her feeder. The goats feeder is flat to the ground so I would just open a gate and slide the bale in.
Yep, during remodel of the outside yards the contractor pointed out even more accessways he could add to make life easier for me. Wish I could have more concrete but I don't want to cover water or gas lines with permanent sidewalks so we don't have to dig them out in case of future repairs on lines. I'm using paver stones over any gas or water lines. When we remodeled the yards this past two months it was so easy to just pull up the paver stones out of the way instead of breaking concrete and hauling it off. I waited 30 yrs to retirement to finally get things done around here and just hope I live long enough to get some use/enjoyment out of it before I'm gone LOL
Love the big horses. Pop had one doing the horse plow when folks first bought the 25 acres in Vista. But promptly after WWII there were a lot of surplus Caterpillar chain-driven tractors on auction so there went that big beautiful animal! Funny, as a kid that tractor seemed a LOT bigger. Isn't that Buster Brown haircut a riot!
Smiles - Syl