We pulled into the old place to get Gem and Pete and debated what to tell the BO who we knew would be there at that time of the morning. We didn't want to burn any bridges and wanted to leave on a good note. Well, we needn't have spent any energy worrying about that. I won't go into detail because Dusty told me not to, but the BO stormed up to us, used a cuss word and told us we were evicted.
So that settled any unease we had about leaving. We loaded Gem, looking skinnier than ever, and Pete, looking more obese than ever, and drove the 40 minutes to the new barn.
I texted the BO that we were on our way and she met us at the barn with a smile.
From here, I will warn you that this post gets excessively mushy. I can't explain how extremely happy I am with our decision and how much stress has been removed that I didn't even know I really had at the old place.
|The main 4 stall barn|
|Obese gelding checking out his surroundings|
Gemmie backed off and her skin and bones body was in stark contrast to the horse we just led off. I'm sure we made a great first impression.
|Gem went out and immediately started to eat the rye grass shoots in the field|
|Two best buds|
|The long side of the L shaped pasture.|
Their pasture leads to their own two stall barn with large stalls and plenty of storage. For the first time in years we had a place to put their blankets!
|Private chateau for two|
|Their stalls for use in case of injury, sickness or really bad weather. Gem's cooler is hung up on a blanket bar to the right and we added her light weight sheet and Pete's medium weight as well.|
When I looked around the barn I saw this and my eyes just about popped out of my head:
|A brand new hay delivery just for our two. She put out hay immediately and that night texted me to tell me she gave them 8 more flakes for overnight at 9 pm. I am in love.|
|Hot and cold water available. There is also an outside wash area next to Gem and Pete's private barn that also offers hot and cold water.|
|Inside the main barn. So clean and tidy!|
Wyatt enjoyed playing in the mud puddles and making friends with Jerry, the barn cat, while we put our tack away and talked to the BO.
|Wyatt and Jerry. The horses on the hill are her two plus the other boarder. Above that is the arena with lights to come. I forgot to take a picture of the arena.|
|The big pasture|
We stayed a while and explored the area. One thing I hadn't seen before was the really steep hill that leads up the back way to the arena. That sucker is going to be great for hill conditioning. I can already see Gem and I working on gallop sets then working in the deep sand of the arena and then over to the cross country field and back down the hill to repeat. It will be perfect conditioning and then supplement with the hunter paces and some longer rides as able.
Before we left they showed us the bathroom and gave Wyatt chocolate, water and gold fish crackers which won them a friend for life. We left relaxed and feeling really, really good.
During the day she made sure to text me (a first for me) with updates. At dinner she texted to ask if she could add warm water to the feed to make sure they are getting enough water and then at 9 pm she texted me a last check update. Seriously, she rocks.
As an aside - the blood work we took during her colic episode came back normal except for some anemia. Dusty talked to the vet and she said to check it at the end of the month, but that it is most likely due to restricted water access. If we weren't already in a good place, I would be angry.
Last thoughts before ending this post. One of this biggest differences between where we are now and where we have always been before is that the BO is an active rider and competitor. She is young, enthusiastic and fully understands proper horse management for a horse under work. From the 24 hours we have been there it is clear that she honestly cares about horses, their welfare and how they are being cared for. This isn't a farm that overloads horses and drains your money. I can't wait for our future here and to get Gem back up to fighting weight and ready to go again.
Future, here we come!!!