As I mentioned before, we sent Shasta off to live in the central valley for the winter. The vet wanted her moving more and our pasture gets closed in the winter to preserve the footing. Our seasonal trainer has a great facility a few hours away with large pastures where Shasta could get turnout and enjoy herself until the spring when we’ll bring her back.
The pictures aren’t very clear, but Shasta is clearly enjoying herself. Green pastures like this are hard to come by in our area.
Today, our little barn got one
horse mule smaller as I took Nilla out to Laura’s. She’s going to spend the next three months there. I’ve been wanting to send her back to Laura’s ever since I picked her up there almost 2 years ago. But I haven’t wanted to not have a horse to ride for 3 months. Since I can barely ride in the winter anyway without lights and with the rain shutting our arena all the time, and I now have Levi to play with, the timing worked out perfectly. I’ll get Nilla back right after daylight savings returned. I am hoping to get out to see her a few times a month on weekends for a lesson.
Nilla unloaded at Laura’s and proceeded to have a complete mental meltdown. It’s so great to show up to a trainer and have your equine completely prove how terrible you are as an owner by having a toddler worthy tantrum. But, that’s why she needs to be at a trainer’s. She’s amazing when she wants to be good, but as soon as she doesn’t want to, her behavior is off-the wall. As much as I’ll miss her, I was happy to leave her there. I’m really excited to see what Laura can do with her.
I knew i recognized the Oak Star in that picture. I’m excited to see how Nilla progresses.
Me too. I know Laura can do a lot.
I hope both horses enjoy their temporary housing!
Shasta’s certainly enjoying hers. I think Nilla’s probably in for more work than she would prefer.
Nilla is going to be in for a world of surprise. Congrats on letting the trainer see the tantrum? Ah children amirite?
Horses are such children.
Nilla looks really happy! Or at least she’ll be happy until she realizes she’s in for a whole lot of work and not vacation? I hope they both enjoy their new rental!
Ha ha. Yes, I think she’ll be happy until the grass runs out and she has to work for a living.
I’m excited to hear how she progresses with Laura!
Good moves all around! I like when my horses show my coaches how dolty they can be right off the bat, otherwise I feel like no one believes me haha
I always like trainer rides for that reason. Nilla inevitably acts up with them too and and I feel like “yes, it’s not just me.”
Aw, how nice for them both to get a “vacation” so to speak. As for Nilla’s melt down… as a trainer, I can say that she probably wasn’t judging you very harshly! Try being a trainer and having a horse you’ve had great success with suddenly make a liar out of you in front of an audience! Now that’s embarrassing!
That’s essentially what it felt like though. But I know Laura will deal with her.
So nice you have Laura to work with and are able to send her there! Hopefully you get to have some fun with Levi in the meantime!
It’s great having such a resource in my (relative) area.
Nilla was determined that you were not leaving her! I’m sure that the grass calmed her down quite a bit. It will be good for her.
Nilla could not have cared less that I was leaving her once she got the grass.
Sometimes they just need a refresher! I hope training goes great and that you get to have some lessons too!
I’m hoping to send Romey off for a bit, but I have to wait for him to be sound again. Sheesh, horses.
Horses do like to thwart our plans.