This move is taking a lot more out of me than I thought it would. After spending two days with the movers (and moving Dandy) the pups couldn’t even let me sleep in. I had spent all last night listening to the wind howl outside and honestly worrying that it was going to tip over a steel two horse (get a grip, Lauren! That’s not a hurricane out there!). When I finally did get to sleep around 6 am, the puppies decided that it was time to go out. Still, I love snuggling with them.
The moving went really well, all things considered. It was broken up over two days. The first day they came and packed everything up. Guinness was really worried. He would not leave my side and he didn’t really warm up to the men. Day two they spent a few minutes throwing the ball for him and while Guinness still wasn’t really sure, at least he was “smiling” and not running around with his hackles up.
By 11:30 on Friday, all my stuff was gone! I had an almost empty house. Then I had to do the first really hard thing about leaving: move Dandy. I loaded him up and said goodbye to all the wonderful people at Sheridan. It was so hard. I love that place so much. The people are great, the owner/trainer is great. But it is a dressage barn and I want Dandy to keep jumping while I’m gone.
Brought him over to Madchen’s and we let him out in his big (I think like 8 acres?) pasture. He ZOOMED away from me, through the small heard already out there and all the way to the back corner where he did a 90 degree turn to the next corner. When he finally came zipping back to the front Dandy had to throw on the breaks when he got to the pond/swam area but it was a little too late and he went slipping and sliding in the mud. Woops. Dandy stood back up and looked all around as if to say “did anyone see that?” But he was ok. There’s a little cut above his right knee but it missed anything vital and besides a little bit of swelling I haven’t noticed anything.
Eventually he found the tire feeders and he was still there when I got there this morning. Madchen was of the opinion that he spent all night where the food was. Wouldn’t surprise me.
We had a good lesson today, even if my head wasn’t all there. We worked on a small course as my plan is still to go to that starter event in May. The hardest part for me today was trying to keep Dandy going to the base of the jump as he was very excited and wanted to take everything long. We had a couple of good lines though. The last exercise we cantered a vertical in, slowed to a trot in the middle of the line and trotted out. That was hard but I got it each line so that was good. Hopefully I won’t be as frazzled on Monday though, since that’s the day I plan to have everything cleaned up and ready to go in the house, I make no promises!