I haven’t really been talking about Rosie that much here, and I’d say I have a pretty good reason. Turns out, parenting is really fucking hard and time-consuming. And trying to couple that with fulltime employment and house chores and errands? Well it leaves less time for something, and that something was Rosie. Not that I’ve abandoned her, I’ve been riding a bit and she’s been getting love from her leaser and she’s a happy mare. But I have some fantastic news on the horse front to share with the 3 of you who read this blog. ^_^
I moved her again. Why? Well, the biggest reason is that the stable I was at raised their rates by a lot, and it’s hard to justify spending money on that expense now that I’m a parent. The second reason is that ever since moving her from the place-before-last, I’ve felt that she needed more space. She doesn’t love being cooped up in 24×24 paddocks, which are the norm here in Southern California. I had visions of her living in a large grassy pasture somewhere, and I tried hard to make that happen.
I found the most perfect of scenarios. She is now living at a new barn that’s walking distance from my house. Yes, you read that right. I can literally WALK over to give her a carrot and check on her daily. She’s a half mile away, and considering I go on a 2 mile walk every day with dog & baby, this is just one stop in the daily routine. It’s amazing. To make matters better, she’s in a PASTURE with other horses. Okay, so pasture is stretching it because it’s all dirt, but we’re in a drought okay? But she can gallop around with 7 other horses and it’s just marvelous to see her being a real horse and having actual interactions with other horses.
Also, the ranch has fantastic trails. You can ride for hours if you’d like, or just do a nice flat 20-30 minute loop. These are trails that I run my dog on and traverse regularly on my own two feet, and now I get to explore them while on horseback. Check this out:
I know they won’t be green like that for much longer, but it’s still sandy and flat and wonderful. I’m so excited. The ranch also has 7 arenas, great amenities, two trainers crossing English & Western disciplines. And I can literally ride my horse to my front door, which I’m totally going to do if for nothing but the photo opportunity. My leaser is still going to ride Rosie too, so that’s awesome.
So, we’ll see how things go – but I’m anticipating this to be a wonderful thing for our horsey relationship and my ability to see her often. She’s such a special horse, and I *almost* sold her. I’m happy to have reduced costs and proximity, and hopefully find more time to spend with her. 🙂 Happy trails!---------------
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