Pasture Paradise

These wide open spaces aren't a regular occurrence at
home, but a short 60min drive and land is in abundance.

Near the middle of May, I got the "go ahead" from our "regular" Vet (I say "regular" because there is really nothing regular about our Veterinary situation in the North. This Vet, however, is the one we have dealt with the most over the last while and knows a good majority of my horse's history) to send Maizey out to pasture for a majority of the summer. I was both pleased and slightly uncertain about sending her out - it's always a bit nerve-wracking to send your baby out to the big, wide world! 

N decided to send AJ with Maizey, so it was good that they would be going together and at least have some familiarity in eachother's presence at a new place. While we do not have much for pasture-land available in our little town, the next town over certainly does. We found a place that would allow for both horses and seemed like a good fit for some of our requirements - mix of gelding/mares, smaller herd, large pasture-space, safe and secure. We hauled them out at the end of May and after an initial scuffle, they seemed to settle in quite well.

Aside from the normal scratches and nip marks, Maizey has faired pretty well and since it's a smaller herd-setting, they've gotten used to one another quite a lot faster. The horses there are also pretty level-headed aside from one, but it isn't necessarily a deal-breaker. Everyone just gives eachother a wide berth if needed and it seems relatively civilized. 

The gang's all here.

I've been out several times to check in and say hello - I've avoided trying to do much more than that, because this time is meant as an opportunity for Maizey to be a baby and grow. Having just turned two in May we still have a long ways to go before I'll be sitting in the saddle (if ever), especially since a lot of it depends on her health and wellness. 

I'm in no rush, especially not with Maizey.

We're hoping the horses can stay out for the remainder of the Summer, but I know N has some reservations on AJ being out there that long. Which, sucks a bit but I can also respect that she has to do the right thing for her horse at the end of the day. We'll figure it out if plans go awry or change, as they often have a way of doing so.

Quite literally they are joined at the hip - hilarious to
think of, considering AJ was not very nice to her in the 
early days.

For now, both horses are enjoying their vacation (although I imagine both are quite fed up with the sheer amount of precipitation we've received over the last few weeks) and I'm hoping that once we receive some better weather, they explore further into the 90 acres they have access to.

While it has certainly been odd not seeing her every day, as she is boarded across the street from my other two, it has also been a very large breath of fresh air. I think I needed the mental and physical rest from managing boarding at two places, while trying to shuffle exercising, training and spending time with all of my horses. It's something I've struggled with in the past, and with working excessive hours most days of the week, I am having a tough time trying to figure out my time management. 

Onwards and upwards though - I have so much to be thankful for and although it's a hectic and busy life, I need to stop and count my blessings every now and then. Twelve year old me would be absolutely tickled and overjoyed to see where I am now, especially with the abundance of horses I have, haha. 

One day at a time and one ride at a time, right?

Pasture Paradise