Moving Smitty

Almost two months ago, it occurred to me that our current boarding situation was perhaps not the best thing for a baby warmblood.

While the care was excellent, the atmosphere could at times be chaotic. For instance the jumping ring was located in the midst of a mobile home park (well, double wides), and beyond worrying about training my young horse, I also would commonly have to worry about motorcycles being revved, doors slamming, dogs walking, and the general bedlam that comes with riding in about 40 people’s backyard.

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The other aspect to Smitty’s detriment was the turnout. Not that there wasn’t enough- Smitty actually had one of the largest paddocks there, but he had it all to himself. For many different reasons, the other boarders wanted individual turnout for their horses, and so my big gangly creature was relegated to sniffing noses over the fence for socialization. I really felt like having other horses to be with would be necessary for his sanity and well being.

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So I went back to a facility I had looked at when wanting to move Foster from the boarding-barn-that-shall-not-be-named. I remember getting the warm fuzzies until I saw their gigantor fields and knew I would never catch my horse if he decided not to come in.

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But everything about it was just about perfect for baby Smitty. So just a couple days after Christmas, we loaded him up and made the 10 min trip down the road to his new home.

Bonus: New stall comes with a jolly ball!

Bonus: New stall comes with a jolly ball!

So far Smitty seems quite at home- he lays down in his stall and out in the field, and he adores his new friend Brio, who at 24 years old is nonetheless quite feisty and makes Smitty try and keep up with him. Watching Smitty’s long legs attempt to gallop has been quite the sight.

I feel really good about the decision to move Smitty, and am also loving the new barn family myself (my tribe- equestrians and fellow winos- what’s not to love?). Though we’ve gotten iced snowed in, I can’t wait to get back out there and see our new friends and see Smitty become a happier, healthier horse!

Post-Move 2

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Our move was not quite as un-eventful as I was hoping, since my horse who normally jogs onto the trailer with much enthusiasm decided he was not going to get on. At all. The only thing I can think of that might have started this is at that barn, the trees that line the driveway have not been trimmed in ages, and I’ve noticed him spooking when we drive on or off the property, since the limbs poke into the open sides of the trailer as we pass. I mentioned this to the barn manager, who said he would take care of it, and I suppose future boarders will now benefit from it- but poor Foster is going to have to revisit his self-loading skills so that we don’t spend 20 minutes arguing about getting into the grey box of death.

Sorry, rant over.

So far he seems to have really settled into his new home. He’s got a nice big stall with a fan, and a door he can stick his head out of, which I think makes him happy. He even gets to share a barred wall with a cute little Arab mare.

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His pasture is small by some standards, but I think it works well for Foster who is used to going out by himself. Again, he’s sharing a fence line with some mares, and definitely gets to see plenty of other horses around him.

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The facilities at this barn are the nicest we’ve had access to- a covered arena with mirrors, which I love/hate (only hate for the moment, in that I haven’t seen myself ride in so long, and ick! Lots of things to fix!!!), and the jumping arena, both with recycled tire footing.

photo 3 (7)Tomorrow we will have a little jump lesson with N, and it will be our first ride out in the jumping arena. Hopefully it goes well! If I have the time, I’m going to try out the new toy the husband got me for my birthday- my own GoPro camera! Looking forward to many future helmet cam videos!

I got a Spiderman balloon too :)

I got a Spiderman balloon too 🙂

We’ll be taking a break from showing, or at least Horse Trials, for a while, mostly because 1) I turn into a tomato when I ride in the heat, and passing out is not cool, and 2) I’ll be too busy with weddings and bachelorette stuff to squeeze in a show! So for a while it’s going to be all about lessons and if I can possible get in to some jumping shows (even if it means trying Hunters!), I’ll be doing that. I need to get myself in a jump arena and remember how to ride!

Speaking of riding, I have a lot of cupcakes to work off... yum!

Speaking of riding, I have a lot of cupcakes to work off… yum!

So I apologize in advance if there are not quite as many horsey posts, as life will be taking over this summer and horses will take a little bit of a backburner position. Should be lots of adventures coming up, nonetheless!