After seven years in training with Rod, I decided it was time to make a change. I love Rod dearly, but I was feeling stuck in my equestrianship. He understands completely that sometimes you just need to do something different. The long drive to the stable was wearing on me as well. So, I have moved Angel to a stable a lot closer to home. The new stable also has great access to miles of trails.
Yesterday was moving day. We left the old stable around 8am and within an hour Angel was nibbling hay in his new stall. So far, so good. I let him settle in and get to know his neighbors while I set up my tack box and and filled it with all (well, almost all – still a few things in the bin at home) of Angel’s worldly possessions. His horsey neighbors are wonderful. On one side is a very kind paint gelding; he and Angel hit it off right away. On the other side is an older, retired brood mare, who is also good-natured but pretty much “over it” as far as socializing goes. They seem to be getting along OK as well. Very little squealing and no kicking on day one. That’s a good sign!
After lunch I took Angel out to the big, outdoor arena for a little ride. I let him run free for a little while, but he still had a severe case of the “looky-loos.” I only rode for about 10 minutes, just to let him get a feel for the place; I didn’t want to push it.
Today, he was much more comfortable, getting used to the new noises and smells. And, as I like to say, there are few things that can’t be fixed by a good 20-minute working trot! We rode for almost an hour, and by the end Angel seemed totally comfortable. Then I hand walked him around the ranch so he could get his bearings, met the goat, then put him away for the day. All that, and I was home before 1:30! Such a deal.
I think we’re going to be very happy at our new home. Next time, we’ll tour the ranch with me on board, and then it’s off to the trails! I can’t wait! It’s going to be a wonderful Spring and Summer.