Well, we packed up and hit the road at 10:30 this morning, and G walked off the trailer 30 minutes later in horsie paradise. I took a bunch of pics, hope you don't mind me sharing!
Driving up the driveway to the barn
Pastures to the right of me pastures to the left, here I am, stuck in the middle of grass lol!
side has the winter pasture and a larger one behind the trees. Its
accessed from around the back side of the barn. Its really cool how she
set up these paddocks and gates. She can channel them through to any
area she wants.
is G's temporary digs for the first week or two as he is transitioned
onto grass. He has the ability to go in and out of the stall, with a
hot wire running between his area and the other two stalls where the
head mare and gelding come in and out of. They have access to the
pastures during the morning hours and then again at night. On the other
side of the gate behind the barn is Willy and Candy, both ponies. G
and Candy have been flirting all day over the pipe gate. This is where G
will have access to the winter pasture with Candy on Sunday.
G learning to eat out of a hay feeder
the barn, G is in the last stall on the right. There are two wires
that cross over the back door so the ponies can't come in the aisle, but
they have access to the stall on the left, as well as the run in that
will be G's winter home should we decide to stay here rather than find
an indoor arena for the winter.
The fence line continues behind the runin with a lane that takes the horses over to the winter pasture.
The view from the barn....you can't see the owner's house
far I'm thinking that G is going to just love this place. He didn't
whinney at all when we got there; we had a few squealing matches with
him and the head mare, and the pony mare Candy, but that was about the
extent of it. But, when the owner opened the gate and the other two
horses hightailed it out to the pasture G finally became unraveled. He
ran to the end of his paddock and whinnied loudly several times; out
came the runny poop and he ran back to the barn. Rut ro I thought to
myself this could be a problem. As I was standing in the aisle of the
barn, G looked out to the pastures and whinnied again, and within 10
seconds both mare and gelding were running back to the barn to see what
his problem was. Heavy sigh, and he was happy again. So the game plan
is that they will have access to the pasture all night and Candy his
fence buddy will still be out there so he has a buddy. I sure hope he
respects the hot wire and doesn't try to get out there. We're not
afraid of him getting hurt as much as getting sick on over eating this
lush pasture! I'll hand graze him again tomorrow, and Sunday he'll go
out with Candy for an hour and a half. She'll do that for a couple of
days and then increase it 20 minutes every couple of days until he's up
to 3 hours. She'll try to add a second horse, then a third. Once he's
there, he'll be able to be introduced to the herd as a whole. Fingers
crossed this works. Our favorite vet will be out next Friday for his
final two spring shots and I'll get to talk to him about nutrition now
that he's off grain and eating grass.
bummer is I can't store my trailer there, so its in our yard. Probably
not so bad though as I can keep the windows and roof vents open and not
worry about it getting rained in.
called me as I was driving home to tell me there was something waiting
for me when I got home. Our new Sky Chair!! These are soooo awesome,
and boy did it feel good to end the day with my feet up and a smile on
my face! More fun tomorrow!