We (husband, Brad and I) retired here in Big South Fork Country near Jamestown, Tennessee to have land for our horses, to ride the hundreds of miles of trails here, and to enjoy the fabulous beauty right outside our back door. By-the-way...this is exactly what so many of our Real Estate customers are looking for and that's why we at Tennessee Recreational Properties are so in tune with their feelings.
Now, after 14 years, our goals have been met for the most part - we have 4 especially fine horses as our riding buddies, have ridden most of the trails and yes, the beauty is an every hour, everyday gift.
Recently, I have really wanted to focus on establishing extraordinary relationships with our horses. I'll admit Pat and Linda Parelli are the current inspiration and the source of information for what I am hoping for... but I have always been seeking more that just riding.
Horses are incredible animals. As Shakespeare wrote: "His neigh is like the bidding of a monarch, and his countenance enforces homage." But I digress...
Plan, principle and time are the key words to the next chapter in my horse-loving life.
My plan: spend more and more time with my horses. Principle: do this with utmost consideration for the horse. Time: take the time it takes to do it right. But I needed a tool - a round corral. Now I have one - it was delivered this morning. As my husband went off to town he muttered..."wait til I get back, I'll help you...but I know you won't..." He was right. So for the many of you who want to know how to erect a 60 foot round corral made of 19 panels weighing 37 pounds each BY YOURSELF...here goes:
Decide on the center of the 60' circle. With a tape fastened to a piece of ground rod you've driven in the ground, get on your lawn mower, keeping the tape taught, and drive around cutting the grass to establish the approximate location for the panels. Check to see if you can pull the truck and trailer all the way around it.
Snip the cable ties holding the chains and move the panels into place with their feet at the 30 foot mark (1/2 60' diameter). Measure this each time you place a panel around the circle.
Go to the barn and find a few pieces of scrap wood to act as second and third sets of hands holding the panel up while you position the next one.
Fasten the chains that hold the panels together.
Keep going to the next one - finally you don't need the little board helpers.
Finish the circle and admire your work. The green panels melt into the green trees and look great. You are done...husband comes home.
I thought this might be of some help. When you try to Google for help - it's not there. Guess this is all too simple to have been covered before - it was fun to figure it out on my own.
Now - once you have finished - go inside...it's starting to rain! No round corral for the horses today!