Monday, July 25, 2011

On the Road Again...

Yes, we are moving again. Saturday will be moving day. Becky has been too busy between the heat and her other clients to work with Granite (saaaaad face) and as she mentioned when she took us in while we looked for a new barn, she is over crowded and Granite couldn’t stay for long. Fortunately the barn I mentioned in my last post had room for us and was willing to take us in this weekend.

They drove by Granite’s current barn this weekend and didn’t stop by but noticed Granite (the only Grey) demanding attention from a group of children who had reached over the fence abutting the road. She seemed pleased that Granite was an obviously friendly horse. She did ask to Becky’s contact info and if she could call her to learn more about Granite and his daily routine. She also emailed me about ten questions regarding his routine, his preferences, our training and goals. This is a first for me. It makes me nervous like she may not like my answers and may tell us no we can’t come board there, but it also makes me excited that she cares and wants to know these things. Most barns tell you how they do it and you just conform. She seems to want to accommodate him as much as possible (which makes me happy and makes up for any lack of facilities—hot water, arena, jumps, washstall, in-barn restroom).

Shes going to email me her barn rules and boarding agreement soon. I’m also nervous about them although I don’t know why. I like to think I am a concerned, yet easy going boarder. I don’t get to be involved as much as I’d like, so I demand a lot of communication. BUT I am pretty understanding that horses get scratched and that barn owners have lives. I try to be tidy and I try to help when I am available. So hopefully things will work out. My last experience has me really jumpy. The location is great though and all signs point to her being attentive yet not crazy.

TK has orientation for his new job tomorrow and he starts coaching football at a new school (in the district where he will be teaching elementary school) tomorrow. So cross your fingers that that goes well for him. Now we just have to count down until when we get to move close to our jobs and my horse J

In other news, I got to go home and visit my family this weekend. I wish I could teleport and they weren’t 5 hours away. They are the best people ever and I just don’t see them enough. I got to see my best friend Eva too (shes back home with her family until she finds a big-girl-job). We neeeed a girls weekend. Shes on the job hunt and I’m just praying she ends up near me. Ideally, her horse is at the barn with Granite and we buy a trailer together and we all live happily ever after…. But I’ll accept her being within commute-for-a-dinner distance.

I appreciate all of your kind comments on my last post. I haven’t been on Granite yet, but I hope that after moving and him settling in, we can really get back to work. Hopefully I will see him more and we’ll be in a supportive atmosphere and we can just continue forward in yet another chapter in our relationship J Here’s to hoping!

12 comments:

  1. I hope the move goes well, and my fingers are crossed for you, TK, and Granite.

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  2. I had to fill out a boarding application for Lu's new diggs and I was similarly nervous, but it turned out that the real reason the BO asked for that info was so that she could prepare adequately for my horse. When you look at it like that, it's a positive thing!

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  3. Thanks Kate #1 :)

    Kate: I just got the app and its perfectly reasonable, common sense stuff. It also provided some fail-safes for me, like stating the barn doesnt close and that I will have free access to my horse. And asked for multiple numbers for emergency situations. it also requires regular vet/farrier services (whichever providers you choose), I was pleased with it!

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  4. Glad the application thing wasn't a big deal. My BO is pretty careful about asking questions and screening boarders, but it's just to sift the crazies out. Hope all goes well.

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  5. Wow, lots of transitions but it sounds like everything is moving in a positive direction and you'll be in a really good place once the dust settles. I hope Eva finds something close by so you two can see each other!

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  6. Good luck with the move. Hope you and Granite like the new barn. They sound like they take great interest in their boarders and horses.

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  7. Granite is so pretty!! Best wishes getting settled in your new digs!!

    Stephanie
    http://girlandherhorses.blogspot.com/

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  8. Hey! Just caught up on things -- dang, girl, you have your hands full! Glad to hear you've found a new place, it sounds nice. So where will you be living now? I know a couple folks out west of Hillsborough area if you need any connections. We go out to Mebane/FenRidge on a relatively frequent basis, if you ever want to meet up, give me a holler, I always love to meet new horse people!

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  9. I promise to post pics and an update one day. I've been SO busy at work but have gotten a couple of rides in! FINALLY! G is settling in really well and the barn owners seem as pleased with Granite as I have been with them.

    Eventer: I still live in Greensboro, but Granite is in Burlington now (where I work..and my bf does too). As soon as our lease here moves up, we will be relocating to Burlington-area as well (bitter-sweet move-- I really do love GSO). We should totally meet up some day. Maybe during one of my rare shopping trips to M&M or Triangle:)

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  10. Hey Rachel,

    I miss hearing from you and I hope thing are okay with you guys. We need an update. :)

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  11. Hey Alanna! I hate that I've disappeared. I read everyone's blog on Google Reader but I never have time to post my own :( Granite and I moved about a month ago out to a farm 10min from my office (about 35 from home). He is one of 3 boarded horses and there are 6 total horses and a burro (Janey... shes precious). He is out 24/7 with access to his own personal 14x12 stall! We love the barn owners. Its not fancy at all but its very low-key and perfect for us. Currently, I'm debating calling the vet over a abnormal looking area on his fetlock... I'm analyzing video bc there is no heat or swelling, just a slightly larger tendon area and out of 5 people, no one can decide if he is "off" at all, and if so, if its on that leg! I drive myself crazy, but i don't want to call the vet if there are just going to tell me that I'm nuts. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cfNOCWu_7Mg Theres the link to one of the videos if your interested in weighing in :)

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