Things have changed a lot around here. We've been so busy that we haven't updated our website! Our open house was a great success and we would like to thank all of our sponsors and all those who attended. The changes at the farm are so numerous it's hard to know where to begin. Our new covered shavings storage is done (the concrete is drying as I'm typing) and our first load of bulk shavings is ordered. (We were using bags). Our new covered manure storage is also almost done. The new feed room is done and the feed is in it as of today. The two new tack rooms will be ready hopefully by tomorrow and we expect 5 new horse to come in over the next 10 days. That will take us to 22. The four new stalls will be done soon and we are planning the footing for the new arena. The paddocks are all done as is the round pen and the gates are installed on both driveways to keep everyone safe. The two new wash racks are basically done and just waiting for the rubber interlocking flooring that will be in there over the concrete and down all of the new aisles. The upstairs viewing area is dry walled and just being painted. Tile flooring, appliances and fixtures soon to follow.
Bring on the horses!! Post construction has done a great job getting most of the renovated barn ready for Shauna MacLean Performance Horses and the first 12 horses to move in later this week. A temporary wall is up separating the horse area from the new construction/two storey addition. Fencing is basically done at the front of the property. Dutch doors coming early this week as is the new arena footing. Only windows not delivered until mid October but window grates are in and the weather seems to be cooperating. Feed, bedding and basic supplies ready and waiting. Feed bins, hay feeders, auto waterers installed along with new door hardware and tracks. Trusses going up this week as well.
Post Construction is making great progress here! All of the back filling is basically done now and we have carved out part of the hill behind the new arena for some fill but also to contour the land and help with drainage. It has really opened up the back of the property and also gives us great access from the new arena to any hacking we want to do on the back of the farm. Electrical and plumbing in the existing barn is basically done and the stalls are being clear coated. Hay feeders, feed bins and tie up rings are going into the stalls and new tracking and hardware for the doors is being done. The new exterior is going on the east side of the building and all the new doorways are framed awaiting delivery of the dutch doors. The quarantine/farrier/vet area is being all refinished with shiplap and we are awaiting the four new windows and dutch doors for this area. Dr. Dieter Oberbichler stopped in for a visit and is excited about this space and seems to have laid claim to his own "personal office!" Fencing was briefly held up due to a machine breakdown but is back on track now. We removed a big apple tree in the front paddock and we've cleaned up around the pond and also along the roadway, what a big difference! Shauna has moved into the house and will be returning with horses before the first of October. The hayloft is stocked (hay testing has been done, results pending) and the grain, shavings and start up supplies are coming next week!
Busy week here! All the footings for the new structures were poured and posts are in. The run in sheds are basically done just awaiting roofing material which will match the barn. The new electrical is well underway and most light fixtures are installed in the existing barn. The mats are out of the stalls and the new automatic water bowls and Ipex plumbing are ready to go on site, the plumbing will be run under the stalls deep enough to not freeze then the stalls will be re-levelled and re-matted. We picked up our new round bale feeders "hay huts" from our friends at Brubacher's Harness and Supplies and got them set up in the paddocks. Fencing starting late Tuesday/early Wednesday this week. Phase one of Shauna's big move is the end of this week so we are getting her house all tidied up and ready for furniture! We expect her back with horses September 28!
The sandblasting of all the existing stalls is now complete and they look like new! The bulldozer arrived Wednesday to break ground and make way for the new addition, arena, and parking. The amount of excavation is quite extensive. The run ins are now being fully rebuilt with all new materials as the posts weren't nearly as secure as we had hoped. (It's a miracle that a strong wind didn't just blow them down!) Stall windows are doubling in size which will make the barn much brighter. The white ceiling is being installed and is 2/3 of the way done. The new sign is due to be installed (hopefully) this week once we get utility locates completed. It will be located on a hill at the end of the driveway for better viewing from both directions. It's getting super exciting now!
All of the fencing and one run-in came down this weeek (it was in the way of the new arena). The property really looks expansive with the fencing gone. Sandblasting of the existing stalls is about two-thirds complete and the stalls look like new! Demolition continues on the old office and tack room and the walls are down. This is to make way for the two storey addition (the "link" to the new arena), new feed room, bedding and manure storage, wash racks, stalls and viewing areas. The new fencing will be installed soon and the remaining run-ins will start getting completely overhauled. Our new "Willow Way Farm" sign is done and hopefully will be installed soon. We have one more big horse show to go this season and then we can really focus on this exciting project.
Post Construction is ready to go! Alex, the site supervisor, and Herman Post discussing plans as the skid steer arrives on site. Getting ready to sandblast existing stalls, grills, and hay feeders replacing any bad boards. Old electrical and plumbing is out, will all be replaced and a new ceiling is coming (spray insulation thankfully pre-existing). Stall floors to be re-levelled and matted. New bigger windows coming to all the stalls too! Six run-ins to be completely redone in the next couple of weeks, all fencing to be replaced soon as well. Here also are the engineered drawings of the extensive addition planned by Post Construction. The old tack room is being gutted and this area will become part of the new structure with a new main entrance, new stalls, wash racks, feed room, tack room, office and two level viewing of new 200' X 84' arena. Also note new covered storage for manure and bedding. We are all so excited! New pictures coming soon…..