Saturday, October 5, 2013

Two Things You Should Know About!

Just a quick note about a couple cool things going on in the horsie blogosphere!

First of all, the Two-Point Challenge! This is a great idea! Unfortunately, I'm not able to participate since I won't be able to make it out to ride until Tuesday or Wednesday at the earliest (deadline for your baseline time). And my riding will be limited this month, but I hope they run it again next year! So if you're going riding between now and Monday, be sure to join in!

The second thing is the chance to win a pretty spiffy Horze winter jacket on She Moved to Texas. Good luck!

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Let the Stable Search Begin

As I mentioned in my post yesterday, I'm starting my search for a stable to board Scarface at. I've actually never search for a boarding stable before. I've always either kept my horse at my parent's farm or had him boarded at a trainer where the boarding facility was secondary to the trainer's program. I'm honestly a bit nervous to find the right place! Here's my list of needs and wants:

Within budget (surprising difficult)
Indoor riding arena
Easy to access from my area of the city
Healthy, happy looking horses and boarders
A good feeling about the place

Hunter/jumper type trainer offering lessons

I don't think this list of requirements is too long or unrealistic! I've been scouting out stables online and prices have been really surprising! All I can afford is paddock board (Scarface has been living outside full time for a few years) and even then, some places ask upwards of $500 for paddock board (no stall). Yikes! I've found a couple stables I'm interested in checking out and have planned to do a tour of them next week when I'm off work. I'm working on a list of questions and I'd love some input on things I might be forgetting!

Questions to ask on tours:

1. Barn hours - I often work until 7pm, but I'd like to be able to come out after work, even if I don't have time to ride and just groom. I think 9pm would be okay.

2. Vet/Farrier used.

3. Tack storage options.

4. Trainers/lessons - availability and cost.

5. Feed - Scarface is sensitive to dry/dusty hay, so this one is quite important. Thanks Allison for reminding me about this one!

That's my list so far. Anything I'm missing? I am nervous to find the right place for both Scarface and me!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

I'm Back!

You guys, I'm back! I've decided after an extended break to come back to my horsie blog. Please bear with me as the blog goes though some rebranding.

Scarface and I have both been pretty good. Although most of this summer he was laid up with a pretty bad hoof absess on his right front foot. But I rode him on Saturday and he's feeling much better, just a bit stiff to the right. I'm also looking at moving Scarface to a stable closer to where I'm living now, which would mean I can ride him way more. I'm so excited! Thank goodness for my new job!