October 6, 2011
Major Maintenance of my Stable
Betsy Perreten, my stable manager, and her crew, Gelbu and Dolma, do a very fine job of caring for the horses and donkeys and also, the stable itself. However, the years have taken their toll and it was time to do some major maintenance on the stable interior. Betsy is a serious weather watcher and she chose a nice dry stretch to get this job done, as the animals would be spending a great deal of time outdoors. The interior was given a complete scrubbing. The wooden stalls were sanded down and are in the process of being finished with a special penetrating oil. The cement floor will also be sealed with a stone sealer. Betsy estimates that the horses and donkeys can return to their home on Sunday, once all the surfaces have a chance to dry and harden off.
1 My stable is a magnificent building, but it was time to do some major maintenance on the interior.
2 The floor mats from the grooming isles were washed and rolled up.
3 Bales of hay were removed from the stalls and covered over in the central hall with tarps.
4 The stalls were scrubbed from top to bottom. Chhiring used a vinegar solution on the wood of the stalls. You can see how the wood has gotten scratched by the horses' hooves.
5 Chhewang washed the exterior of the stalls with sudsy water.
6 Dolma used a pointy tool to remove dirt from all the crevices.
7 Every section of wood was scrubbed.
8 This photograph shows how the light of the sun has bleached out the wood in this section of stall.
9 Sunlight has done the same thing here.
10 Gelbu's job was to wash all of the high windows.
11 Of course, he's using Martha Stewart Clean!
12 He also washed the light fixtures.
13 After the wood was dry, the sanding process began.
14 A fine grade of sandpaper was used to remove rough areas.
15 A palm sander was used on the larger areas.
16 Notice Gyurme's earbuds - The Sherpa's listen to all of the latest Nepalese music.
17 Dolma cleaned all the lower glass.
18 After sanding all the wood and wiping it down with a damp rag, it was time to seal.
19 They used a product call Penofin Penetrating Oil Finish. It is Brazilian rosewood oil one coat formula and is great for furniture, railings, decks, boats, docks, and horse stalls!
20 Chhiring began brushing it onto one of the sun-bleached areas.
21 The Penofin is bringing back so much luster to the wood.
22 Meanwhile, the horses are being groomed outside in the stable courtyard. Rutger seems relaxed.
23 I love the design of this horse vacuum. It's so retro looking.
24 Betsy's saddle ready and waiting
25 Sasa doesn't seem to mind this change of venue either.
26 All groomed and off to the paddock
27 Who wouldn't love being outdoors in this weather?
28 Rufus seems content.
29 And so does Clive!
30 And Billy looks very happy to be spending so much time outdoors.