THE “HORSE PROPERTY” I HAVE ALWAYS WANTED.

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Real Estate Agent with Tennessee Real Properties

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!  

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Melissa Hailey
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Collin County Realtor-Lucas, Murphy, Plano, Parker

What a great post....very helpful.  Just goes to show that a woman CAN do anything she sets her mind to do - and we don't need a man to help!!!!!  You GO GIRL!

May 27, 2010 08:31 AM #1
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Steve and Jan Bachman
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Sure beats diggin' holes the old way! By the way Sue, how did you get the nice rock formation photo  to wrap around your blog?

May 27, 2010 08:36 AM #2
Rainer
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What a beautiful home for you and your horses!  You make us all envious!

May 27, 2010 08:37 AM #3
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Sue Neff
Tennessee Real Properties - Jamestown, TN
Principal Broker, Jamestown, TN

Thanks, Melissa   Most horse owners are women.  Here around town you see women driving HUGE living quarter, three and four horse trailer rigs without batting an eye.  They are independent and highly capable.  We love these gals when showing real estate - they are decision-makers.

May 27, 2010 08:42 AM #4
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Sue Neff
Tennessee Real Properties - Jamestown, TN
Principal Broker, Jamestown, TN

Hey, Steve - That photo was taken of me by my husband at a hidden arch in Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area.  There is no trail to it (Park Service is afraid it will become known and vandalized), but it is only about 250 uphill off the trail.  Too bad most visitors never see it.

May 27, 2010 08:53 AM #5
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Sue Neff
Tennessee Real Properties - Jamestown, TN
Principal Broker, Jamestown, TN

Hi Karen - Yes, it is amazing here.  And I don't take living here for granted.  Everyday I am thankful for this blessing.

May 27, 2010 08:55 AM #6
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Peggy Chirico
Prudential CT Realty - Manchester, CT
REALTOR® 860-748-8900, Hartford & Tolland County Real Estate

What a life! I'm so envious! And good for you for getting the job done!

May 27, 2010 09:14 AM #7
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Sue Neff
Tennessee Real Properties - Jamestown, TN
Principal Broker, Jamestown, TN

Hi Peggy - Yes it is a good life.  What you don't know is how hard we worked to get here.  AND we had no help - no government handout, no bailout, no mortgage stimulus, no mortgage readjustment.  We paid for everything as we went and still do.  That's why having this corral is so exciting.  I had to SAVE for it on the front end, and it took me awhile!  

May 27, 2010 09:27 AM #8
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Leslie Helm
Tennessee Recreational Properties - Jamestown, TN
Real Estate For Trail Riders

This is what I admire about you....one of the things. You think the same way I do...analyze the problem and make a plan, then gather the materials you'll need. I'm awed that you did this all by yourself and I'm especially impressed that you drove the lawnmower to mark your circle.

It's pretty rewarding to get something you've wanted for a long time and especially rewarding when it's through your own efforts. Looking forward to seeing it!

May 28, 2010 10:53 AM #9
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Well that was quite interesting. I especially liked the part, "You are done... husband comes home." Nice timing. LOL

Jun 15, 2010 02:45 AM #10
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Brigita McKelvie
Cindy Stys Equestrian and Country Properties, Ltd. - Lehigh Valley, PA
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Sue,

You seem to be a lot like me.  Like you, I would have tackled the chore myself.  I do envy you.  I lost my farm in my divorce several years ago.  I am working on getting another one in the near future.

Brigita

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