Racing Mother Nature

As we enjoy a beautiful New England Fall and approach the end of October, we are getting to see Mother Nature “do her thing” with color.  To our surprise, there are quite a few sugar maples sprinkled across the 24 acres bringing bright red color to a palette of orange, gold, soft browns and green.  At the same time, this is a reminder that Winter is not too far away.  While we are happy with the improvements we have made to the property, the calendar reminds us that we need to prioritize our work.  No one will want to do outdoor painting in December 🙂

Here is a quick summary of a few of the more obvious improvements completed in just the last 10 days:

  • The viewing room has been cleaned, re-painted and re-organized.  Our vision is to create a space where people not only will hang out in, but will want to hang out in.  Oh yeah, we need to make sure the heaters in the viewing room work!!!
  • The leveling of mats in one row of the barn is coming to a conclusion.  In an earlier blog I wrote about the jackhammer and rototiller as tools we had to use to break up and re-level the base material.
  • The stall boxes in this one row of the barn were removed from outside each stall, cleaned, repaired, painted and re-hung.
  • We cleared a fence in one of the pastures and mowed that pasture – the fence had become entangled with overgrowth.
  • As you pull up the driveway the piles of tree limbs all along the left side courtesy of Verizon have been removed.
  • We hung another Cavallo sign on the standalone ring at the end of the driveway.
  • 3.5 gallons of stain and polyurethane were applied to the exterior of the stalls in that one row of the barn.
  • We continue to open additional paddocks after mowing, fence repair and clearing.
  • The outdoor arena was laser-leveled.
  • The 2 indoor arenas have new GGT footings that are being enjoyed (great job to RideSport Construction!!!!!  See www.ridesporteq.com for more info.)
  • The driveway and parking lot were graded – the ruts and holes have disappeared!

Of course the 7 horses on property are getting lots of attention and look quite dashing in their horse blanket attire each morning.  They will soon have friends joining them as we expect additional horses in November.

We have installed state-of-the-art temperature sensors in the barn.  These sensors have high and low temperature alert capability that will be sent to the staff via a smartphone app.  We are investigating the possibility of letting our customers read the temperature in the section of the barn where their horse(s) is.  Stay tuned for more info soon.

We are hosting small group tours so you can see the above improvements with your own eyes and we can chat about what we are planning.  Use the CONTACT US form on the website or call me directly at 978.621.7487.

Ashley

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