The New Digs

We’re going to miss our “home” barn of course.

But this is wonderful for Valiosa. While I heal and start being able to use my hand normally again she’ll be partying at Somerset.

Just two years ago, she spent a little less than 4 weeks there, same pasture, and with one of the same mares.

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This was in February 2014:

Introducing horse to new stallsMinutes after walking off the trailer, she looked tineeee.

tying stallions next to mares in barnFew days later, ready to ride.

irritated horse in halter

rubber tile barn flooringSlim shady, no hair dresser.

Introducing horse to new herdRainy drop off day.Β  She looked a little lost.

Fast forward to 2017

Same confused look in the barn.

new horse in barn

Beautiful day in the pasture.

introducing mare to each otherShe already knew Serrania.

horses meeting in pastureNew pony friend , a bit more exciting.

safely introducing horse to herdThe friendliest introduction I’ve seen.Β  Then they took off down the trail.

horses in pasture

She couldn’t care less how long until my hand heals πŸ™‚

18 thoughts on “The New Digs

    1. Yes, it’s awesome, this is where I groom weekly, so I already know it’s managed really well.
      Still, just like you said, it’s pesky when I’m out there doting on her – and then she’s screaming for her new friends and want to go back out to them.
      Brat! πŸ˜‰

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    1. I know, right? We could camp there πŸ™‚
      Sloooow healing over here. Got stitches out today, but will receive new ones later probably, so it didn’t feel like a huge step forward.
      Thrilled you noticed the new format!!! Again. (Couch surfing over here this afternoon until school lets out. Dangerous.)
      I thought it looked even fresher. Think I’m done tweaking the top menu now, it was a little plain πŸ™‚

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    1. πŸ™‚ I visited Sunday, and she had no little bite marks on neck, shoulder or flanks – very good sign!
      Heading out tomorrow again to care for her.
      She’s been SO good, letting me halter her with a crinkly plastic badgtaped on my hand poking around right at her eye and ear.
      We even took a little jog on the lead line in the arena, which can be very eventful with a young, fit, horse and only one hand to handle it with πŸ™‚

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  1. How idyllic. Yep, she looks very happy there with her new pony friend and old PRE friend. And how beautifully she has developed! Look at her neck in those old vs new pictures. Our girl is growing up. She’s going to develop under the guidance of the trainer here and you will learn by going up and doing some watching – you’ll be very inspired to see what Valiosa is actually capable of, and when your hand is healed, you’ll get on and do it yourself, having seen that she CAN do things you thought were difficult for her. This will be a breakthrough of sorts, I guarantee it, the silver lining in this cloud of an injury.

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    1. Hand down the most idyllic place ever right now. Rains coming in later this week won’t do much other than add MORE grass. No mud, and the only sad thing is that hummingbirds sometimes get lost and trapped in the high ceilings of the barn. Life could be worse πŸ™‚
      She’s close to 3 weeks without riding, so I’m sure when she finally goes under saddle she won’t be all that impressive πŸ˜‰ But yes, I can’t WAIT to come out and see her schooling with some expression and be guided really correctly!
      I’m so proud of how I’ve gotten her neck to muscle up, glad you noticed!
      Her hind too – at the start it was a simple, steep, slope down, now it’s rounded and looks lovely. Hoping she’ll learn to use it even more now of course πŸ™‚
      Hello Silver Lining!!!

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