Over the last couple of weeks, we have done demolition, dirt work, and now we are rebuilding our arena fence.
Before our arena was made up of panels, now we are replacing it with a five and a half foot oil field pipe fence. The posts and top rail are 2”and 7/8ths pipe with 5 rails of 1” sucker rod ran through the pipe. The posts are 8’ apart for strength and to hopefully prevent the sucker rod from sagging. This has been a full-time, hands on job for everyone involved.
We are approaching four weeks of this project. During this time I have had to find places to ride Larry. The first week he had exposure to a Bobcat. This tractor was operated for a week straight putting in long hours. This piece of machinery didn't phase him one bit. The second week we rented a jack hammer. This was being operated on a rock in the new fence line. Larry didn't even blink an eye and actually wanted to stop and socialize with the people standing on the side watching. Larry then decided that the wheelbarrow was a fun thing nudge and play with. The next thing Larry saw was the welding trailer. This welding trailer carried a Miller Bobcat 250, the generator ran most of the day while we were cutting rod and welding pipe. I had a opportunity to ride Larry while it was running in the arena, Larry stayed focused and didn't think twice about it.
I am very impressed with how well he has handled everything. Along with rebuilding our arena, we were able to build two turnout pens for Porter and Larry. It makes my heart so happy being able to turn them out during the day in the sunshine. These pens don't share fences with any surround pastures and they are centrally located between the two barns. Larry truly lives by his name Laid Back Larry. When I lead the boys down to their pens Larry is calm and easy going while my other guy is on the verge of breaking in two. Upon turning them loose, Larry goes straight to his pile of hay and begins to eat while Porter hops around trying to get Larry to play with him. Larry watches while piling in his food.
During September Larry went through some big growth spurts. During these growth spurts I felt the need to take his riding time down and allow him to mature. While riding colts I find myself wanting to ride, ride, ride them to get them broke and well on their way in training. I constantly have to remind myself that they have whole rest of their lives ahead of them. There is no rush in getting a colt broke while they are growing. Its good for their mind and its good for them physically.
I have pictured Larry long trotting with nice carriage along our new fence. You can see his shoulders lifting by looking at where his withers and hips line up on the rail. The headstall Larry has on is an old headstall that has seen many miles. I am considering making him his own with a similar style. I love the brass conchos with the punchy look. With every passing day I cannot wait to take Larry and show him under saddle for the very first time. I would like to put together his very own show bride with a vintage snaffle bit.