As I was doing chores and fluffing up the stall and filling the nets and soaking the cubes this morning it occurred to me… next Friday I’m taking my kids to the cottage for a week and he’s staying home. Normally we all go and I hire a farm-sitter, but this year it’s just him.
So I can pre-fill all the hay nets, that’s fine. They can live without their soaked cubes for a week, and just get their pelleted feed twice a day. And they can even live in the dry lot for the week so he doesn’t have to lead them back and forth to the pasture, which will be nice to give the pasture a break anyway (it’s not very big).
But their run in. I bed with (steamed, dust-extracted, bagged like shavings) straw. My gelding ONLY pees in the run-in (it’s matted, gravel underneath but the urine pools in one spot as it needs to be relevelled). My DH is never in a million years going to pick up a fork and clean that stall. It just won’t happen. But I won’t be able to relax thinking they’re living in squalor for a week.
So do I tell him to just keep piling in the bedding and hope it soaks it all up? Should I get some pelleted bedding and make a base layer under the straw, and that will soak it all up, and he can add straw on top?
I’m already steeling myself for the marathon session of mucking that will be there when I get home.
Any suggestions welcome. Assume that hiring it done is not an option, and assume that he really IS as non-horsey as I say he is. Like I’m going to have to give him a crash course in haltering before I leave just in case he needs to handle them.