I've been on either partial or self care with my horses for 13 years. New Barn is full care and I'm having a hard time giving up the control of my ponies care. NB doesn't bed their stalls as deeply as I would like, but its ok. The ponies are doing great, and every other aspect of the barn is awesome. They feed what I ask them to feed, they clean stalls twice a day, they give out treats and love on the ponies. I just feel like a helicopter parent dropping their kid off at their first day of kindergarten. I'm know I'll grow to love it, but it will be an adjustment. And all the hormones and feelings don't help any either.
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When we first moved in they had a corner of the arena blocked off to house their goats with a buck they were breeding them too. Predictably Peebs was in love with the goats and wanted to be their new best friend. Cinder didn't really care about them; she just liked eating their hay. During our first ride Peebs was pretty sure he had to focus on the goats more than anything else, but since the goats left he's been fine. Out the back of the arena you can see the pastures, and the neighbor's cows so sometimes the cows are very interesting to look at as well. I can't even imagine what Peebs is going to do when he can get turned out in the pasture next to them.
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I still need to work out details for having my trainer come in and give lessons, but so far they seem super accommodating. MG used to event, but is thinking about doing more of the jumpers, so maybe she'll be interested in lessons as well, and hopefully I can have a show buddy again. The dressage rider/trainer in the barn jumps her horse for fun and has said she'd take a lesson with my trainer, and even take her horse to some of the smaller jumper shows as well. And she offered to come and groom and be my cheering squad at shows for me if she doesn't take her horse. It's been a long time since I've had someone from my barn offer that. It's a great feeling to have that support and encouragement. At my old barn, they were happy for me when I showed, but never offered to come and help me or cheer me on unless I asked for help. I think I made a good choice in this place.
Sounds like it's going to be just fine over there! It's really hard relinquishing that control, but on the other hand, it is nice to have the chores done for you. I have one in full care and two that live with me, so it's like all or nothing. Definitely pros and cons to both.ReplyDelete
It really sounds like there will be some great camaraderie with your fellow boarders!
Changes is always hard, but it sounds like the new barn is nice and full of good people ☺️ReplyDelete
Sounds like it will be a good place to be!ReplyDelete