This allowed us to lead Irish outside through Carmen's stall. Which was fine. When I brought Irish in she would follow and then get super excited when I took him into his stall. She would run back out again, just in case he was going out.
For a couple days it was bitterly cold and very windy. We were able to chip the ice away from Irish's door when the temperatures became more reasonable. Unfortunately, the bottom of his door had a thick coating of ice which prevented it from sliding along the floor guide.
We tried chipping it but couldn't get it off. I poured salt all along the bottom and that helped but not enough. I sprayed a mixture of alcohol and water on it which also helped a bit.
Yesterday I tried using a hair dryer. It worked a bit but it took forever to get even a little melt.
|sitting on a horse blanket over ice holding a hairdryer.|
My life is so very glamourous.
The horses were suspicious. I did notice though that Carmen was much more intrigued and relaxed by the whole thing.
|the noise of a shop vac is not keeping our |
heroine from her meal.
After a bit I gave up and turned to the next fun job: chipping the ice out of my drainage ditches. I also spent some time doing a good clean in the barn. It was nice and warm (relatively) and it motivated me to do some spring cleaning (not in the house though. That would be silly).
The hairdryer was only marginally helpful. I found myself wishing I had a heat gun. I then realized that I didn't have to wish, I could just go and buy the tool that I need. I stopped at the hardware store on my way to get feed.
|nothing like a new power tool|
Does anyone else feel that sometimes they are their own worst enemy? It's not like getting this is rocket science. Or even expensive.
It still took about 45 minutes but it worked a treat.
I felt a ridiculous sense of accomplishment.
I finished cleaning stuff up and then opened the door for Irish and Carmen. They were hesitant. Maybe worried that the shop vac was still there?
|honestly, it's like they think it's a trap!|
I have everything working. Just in time because more weather is rolling in. We are under a snowfall warning for Saturday night and another storm on Monday. I am more worried about Monday because it's supposed to be a rain/snow mix.
Spring is coming though.