Thursday, October 18, 2012

we did it!

Two in one day, but when I wrote the other post, I had no idea what the day held for me. I got a text from Jaime near the end of my work day asking if I was ready to move Shyloh today. Like now. Whoa!

Yes!! For many reasons, I wanted to leave Shy's home of over a year now. I didn't feel comfortable going to the barn since I said I was leaving. But I wanted to spend time with my horse. 

So I rushed home, rushed to the barn, packed up my tack, grabbed Shy from her pasture (I was surprised she was out today!), and led her to the trailer.

After I loaded everything into my car. . .
All Shy's worldly possessions crammed into bags, buckets, and bins.
I walked out, haltered Shy, and took her away. I almost started crying (and I am not a crier) as I was leading her through the pasture. And of course, she was in the back. So we had to walk all the way through and I was thinking as I led her to the gate. . .This is the last time I will ever walk Shy out of here, I am ripping her from everything she knows and her buddies. 

It was sad. Once I got to the driveway, I started running with Shy. She trotted with me around the bend. I felt like we were breaking free! It felt good for a second. 

Then Shy stopped. She realized that she was about to leave the property. . .her home, which she loved. Then it was a fight up the driveway to the trailer. A few steps, stop, a few more steps, stop. I wanted to break down at this point. It was clear Shy did not want to go (I really know, she was just being barn sour, but hey, I was emotional). Once we got up to the trailer, Shy stepped right up and off we went.

Once we got to the new barn, Shy stepped off the trailer and I put her in a paddock next to the little herd she will be in. Apparently, the obese Haflinger in the herd is top horse, but there was one mare that kept kicking at Shy through the gate. Shy took it all in stride, didn't strike out in any way, but never stepped back from the fencing. Good girl, standing her ground! Shy was very interested in Tony, the donkey, too.

The barn manager said I could put Shy in the herd tomorrow, when I get off work. So for the night, Shy was given a paddock with a shelter. She was really taking it all in stride, and only called out once when I was leaving because she was looking for other other horses. This paddock was not next to the herd pasture. 

I wish I had photos, but everything happened so fast today. Tomorrow I will have some for sure! I have to say, I am a little bit scared, but much more excited for us!

Oh yeah. . . and the Detroit Tigers are going to the World Series! Sweeeeeep!

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  1. Wow, you you make a decision you're off an running!!! Looking forward to hearing how she/you do with the change. Sending good vibes

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    1. Thank you! Now I just have to suffer through work today until I can get out there!

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  2. Oh my gosh, congrats Alli!! I wish you guys so many good fortunes :)

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    1. Thank you! I think I will get a lot more riding in here :)

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  3. Good job both of you! Moving is scary. I sobbed my eyes out when I left Bres old barn. Now I can't imagine having her anywhere else. Can't wait to see pics of the trails.

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    1. I can't wait to get out on the trails! I hope to walk Shy through them this weekend and check them out :)

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  4. We are so happy to have you and Shy with us. I really think you will enjoy your new home! <3

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  5. I'm sure there will be a bit of drama and running around when she goes in with the herd, but that's just horses being horses. Sounds like Shy will find her place in the pecking order quickly.
    Best of luck tomorrow.

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    1. I know there will be some drama, I just want to be there to make sure everything is okay. I am sure I am much more nervous than Shy about this. She is just so chill.

      Thanks!

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  6. Good show! It's always traumatic for everyone to make changes, move away from and arrive at something new. Good luck. Look forward to hearing the details.

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    1. It must me more traumatic for the humans than the horses. . .Shy is doing much better than me!

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