So...here is my field BEFORE. Abby and TBone are grazing near the burn pile. Nice green grass, wide open spaces.
This next photo is from last February--what looks like snow is actually ice thick enough to support a horse without cracking. That's the same burn pile, more or less, underneath. The building on the side is our well house at the corner of the field.
Fast forward six months. The burn pile, along with huge mountains of dirt, has been removed. Trenches two feet deep were dug and filled with concrete, to support the barn walls. A 10-inch thick layer of gravel covered the trenches and defined the floor of the barn, then was covered with plastic. Pipes for plumbing were installed. The result is...
Then the concrete trucks arrived.
At the end of that momentous day, we had a wash stall and horse stalls:
And a wide center aisle. That's the tack room across the aisle, not yet filled in.
Nicely smoothed and ready to walk on.
This was August, so imagine sweltering heat to go with these pictures. The stacks of concrete blocks will become walls in my next post.