Monday, February 27, 2012

Nine Rides and Counting, and Plans for the Move

Dawn and I have now had nine wonderful rides at the new barn.  Things aren't always perfect - sometimes the indoor is crowded - it isn't all that big - but Dawn has been dealing well with whatever happens.  I've met a number of boarders - still having trouble with names - and everyone has been very nice.  It's wonderful to be riding again on a regular basis, and Dawn has been a peach - today there was ice and snow creaking on the barn roof - she would look up from time to time - and a number of horses in the ring and open doors with wind blowing in, but we got some very nice trot work done.  Dawn is in many ways my most difficult/challenging/sensitive horse to ride, and working with her successfully is always a big confidence booster. Before I rode, we did some lunge work in both directions and she did very well with her walk and trot and canter with verbal cues - we did lots of transitions - although there was a bit of hopping at the canter, she settled well and did some nice canter work in both directions - I think her left stifle is still slightly sore.

I had a nice phone conversation with Heather at Black Star about Pie and Drifter's move on Thursday.  They'll stay on their regular vitamin/mineral balancer pellets and supplements, and I'll be bringing up some of their hay to help them transition.  She says they're likely to lose some weight - they're both fairly plump right now - with the work they'll be doing, and if need be, we can add some additional calories.  She's planning to spend a week to 10 days getting them back to work and getting to know them, and then we'll see how many days a week I go up there to work together with them and her.  I'm pretty excited about the whole thing - I think we'll have a clear path to follow, now.   Tomorrow our vet/chiropractor will be coming to do some work on both Pie and Drifter before their trip.  Pie is very stiff and sore, partly due to his unfortunately encounters with gates.  I think that will set them both up for the work they're going to be doing in March.

Spring is coming . . .

11 comments:

  1. Not sure if I'm reading too much into your written words, but you sound excited and energized about your horses again. =)

    Good Luck with the move.

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  2. You have a lot to look forward to. Good girl, Dawn.

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  3. Dawn sounds like she's settling right in and doing some good work.

    Poor Pie, hope the chiro makes him feel better. I'm sure the training they're going to get will make them more fun to ride in the future. Good luck with everything.

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  4. I think it is great that you have Dawn at a barn with an indoor arena. Even with a lot of horses in the arena at times... it is probably much nicer than riding outside in the wind and weather!

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  5. Everything is falling in place so nicely! It will be interesting to see how things go with Pie and Drifter. I'm really looking forward to hearing about the training. And congratulations on some confidence boosting rides on Dawn. Sensitive horses are challenging -- and you are meeting the challenge. Yay!

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  6. I'm happy to "hear" the excitement. Things are really opening up!

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  7. How nice to have Dawn to ride while the Boys are away. She is boosting your confidence back to where it should be and you're giving her some good training.

    As for Pie and Drifter--what a great situation for the both of them and, of course, you. You are all entering an exciting and productive new phase of your relationships. I have a feeling it's going to be a really wonderful experience.

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  8. I am sure it will turn out great. No barn is perfect, it just needs to be perfect enough for you to enjoy being there and with your horses.
    So enjoy!

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  9. Wow Kate sounds like a load of changes ....I have been a bit absent and looks like I need to do a bit more reading to catch up with your changes. Sounds like you are all keen for the summer ahead...great!!!!

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  10. Love it when a plan comes together.

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  11. That all sounds very positive. Good to hear.

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