I jinxed it!!Toonie runs are cancelled for today. There is supposed to be 12" of ground and there's only 4. Not sure who's screw up that was.
Better still the arena set up is changed so the bleachers will be on the left barrel, and since I've switched both boys to running right first we will again be running straight into the crowd for our 2nd barrel. grrr Last year running into the crowd for that 2nd barrel really caused Voodoo to booger.
Now I know if they are seasoned enough blah blah blah. Simple truth is that around here unless you rodeo your horse doesn't get exposed to that kind of thing.
(I hadn't switched directions because of finals, it was just a nice bonus)
Then there's the hay situation... last year we paid Neighbour Tony to cut & bale our hay. He couldn't do it this year for medical reasons so he talked to Neighbour Tom and told us to call him. Neighbour Tom agreed to do it and cut & baled our hay. Its really nice hay but our yield is way down this year (it is for a lot of people in this area). Last year we had 65 800# round bales and about 280 squares. This year there are about 120-130 squares and only 28 1000# round bales.
** the square bales this year are a bit heavier and tighter bound than last years, I estimate that if they were baled the same there would be between 180-200. still down from last year but not as drastically **
Tom told us he wanted some of the squares for when his son is out on the rodeo trail. Not a biggie, we still have some squares from last year and we use mostly rounds for feeding in the winter.
Yesterday Pie asked Tom what we owed him for the hay, thinking cash. Tom told him he doesn't want cash, he wants 20 of the round bales.
Sh!t That leaves us 8With the rounds we have from last year and the 8 we'd get from this year we will have JUST enough to get through the winter, hopefully. But then what about next year? Buying our own equipment to hay 30 acres just doesn't make sense financially. Then again basically ending up with no hay and having to buy extra isn't great either.
Pie told Tom to talk to me today and we'll try to sort this out. I'm really hoping he'll either take less hay & some cash or no hay & all cash. Not sure though because it sounds like he really wants hay... then again he took over all or most of the hay Tony did last year so its not like there's not other hay out there for him.
If he insists on taking 20 then I guess we'll have to figure out something else for next year.