Saturday, March 11, 2017

Having Fun With Horses Whilst Surviving a Flooded Basement

It's a sad day when your barn and arena are drier than your house.  You see, our basement flooded. The water didn't come in from the sides, as you might assume, instead, it came in from the water holes in the floor--like the sump hole and the toilet hole.  It's all very clean ground water, but it's still destructive!  We've already removed all the carpet and when the water table finally recedes, we'll be able to dry out the standing water and start to take apart the walls and insulation.  It appears, the water has damaged the walls from 1'-2' in most places.

This has been a CRAZY wet year!!  The most rain we EVER got in any month in this city & the oddest winter.  There was lots and lots of water in the ground--and then the snow started to melt and the ground started to dethaw.  It was a setup for disaster.

Now, it's raining again.  Make it stop! (Worst case scenario, we move into the barn!)

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Today, I'm going to just share photos of all the recent rides.

Our Hawaii ride.  Oh, to be in Hawaii again.  We did the picnic ride and it was GORGEOUS.  My husband said it was his absolute favorite guided ride he's ever been on.  I would agree.  We will be back to Paniolo Adventures.


The blue is the ocean where we could see Humpback whales playing.


My horse had lots of personality.


Scratching!


On the beach.



At the City of Refuge.


On the rocks in front of the City of Refuge.  If you could swim to this point, you would be forgiven your crimes.


 Last week's horse clinic.







Playing with the new horses today.  On the left is Foxy, and on the right is Little Joe.  We all took turns riding them.





The basement.




16 comments:

  1. Your Hawaii trip looks absolutely incredible!! I bookmarked the guided ride, just incase I ever get to go to Hawaii (don't hold your breath) It's so great to see guided trail horses well cared for. The picture of you two on the beach is priceless! Wow, I am so sorry about your flooding :( Foxy & Little Joe look like special horses, looking forward to seeing more of them!

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    1. Yes, if you should ever be on the big island, you will love that ride. I wish I could go back and do it again!

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  2. Love all the Hawaii pictures. Looks like it was lots of fun. The new horses look like a good fit for everyone. Have fun with them.

    Your basement is a mess. So sorry that happened. Ours flooded from a water pipe a few months ago and it was a disaster. Had to get a huge dumpster and throw out almost everything. Well, at least it's cleaned out now. We were lucky it wasn't finished like yours is, that's so much worse to deal with. Hang in there.

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    1. Oh, that's awful!! It's never good, but I wish ours had been a pipe--ground water isn't covered on our policy. But my husband is very handy, and can do most of the reconstruction himself. We're going to tile the whole basement with a tall border to guard against this in the future--if we should ever have this much water again.

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  3. I knew you would love that ride! We loved ours as well. Your basement looks like a nightmare. The water table is very high here -- but we don't have a basement and the house is raised, so it hasn't been a problem. This is the first time I haven't envied someone with a basement.

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    1. You were right, it was fabulous!! Good for the soul. We'd love to have a ranch on Hawaii. It's our dream. A mere 4k per horse to fly them over.

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  4. Hawaii looks amazing ~ so does your horse clinic :-) But your basement, oh my. Been there. Done that. This too shall pass... Keep smiling and hug a horse!!

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    1. This too shall pass, I thought the exact same words. Seems, we're thinking alike. Yes, it will. :)

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  5. Wonderful vacation pics, not so wonderful about the basement! Do you have weeping tile around the outside of your house? It might help but if it isn't there already it's a lot of work to install, trenching all around the house, installing it and filling the trench with drain rock. We did that with a house that we moved onto an acreage in 1999, it's worth it.
    I really like Little Joe! He has such a calmness about him, and I love Foxy's little ears .

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    1. I don't think we have that. Company did come by and suggest something like that. They said it runs 20k-25k. This is now the wettest winter on record from October to now, so I'm not sure this will even happen again. We are going to tile the basement, when this is all done, which will, hopefully, create a protection against future flooding.

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    2. I think you're right about Little Joe. The friend who gave him to us said he's extremely calm in tight situations.

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  6. What an awful mess in the basement! Whenever someone says their basement is flooding I imagine an unfinished concrete area. Your basement is beautiful! I hope you can find a way to keep it from happening again.

    That's great that you'd been able to get so much horse time in despite the weather. Spring is coming and it'll be even better. I can't wait!

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    1. You know, for the most part, I was blessed with lots of horse time this winter. There was a point in Late Jan/Feb that it was icey here and too slick to trailer out, that kept me from being able to ride, but otherwise, it wasn't too bad. It has been a life-saver for me, in some ways. I really need that time with my horses to keep me happy. I'm really grateful for the snow rides and the barn next door and having Foxy and Little Joe fall into our lives at the exact moment I needed them. :)

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  7. A flooded basement is no fun at all. I like your attitude though!

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  8. You & your man are so photogenic!
    Sorry about the basement, that totally sucks. The old house on our place has a root cellar that would fill right up if you left it alone, but Mr Shoes put a sump pump in there to prevent flooding. I sure hope that your insurance will cover the costs of the damage.

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  9. Oh my gosh! So sorry about the flooding. Our old house has leaky skylights, which lead to mold in the walls. I researched how to get rid of mold and took care of it myself. When it came time to sell the house, by law I had to disclose any mold history. Had I known that admitting that I cleaned up a little bit of mold would lead to such a hassle with potential buyers, I would have never said anything. People were so worried about a problem that no longer existed. I filled in the skylight holes with roofing and a new ceiling, and the mold never returned, but the buyers backed out of escrow anyway. Had they simply done an inspection, they would have known there was no problem.

    Also, most insurance companies won't cover mold, so you have to get them involved right away as soon as there is water damage, because it costs them a lot less to clean up in the first few days than weeks later.

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