So, as you may know, Lacey is moving to my neighbor's house this weekend (there will be tons of pictures, trust me!) and I'm trying to get everything figured out.
My current wonderment is that the area she's moving to is majorly hill-y. Like, there are about two places in that entire 3 acre field that are flat. Her current living situation is really pretty flat, of course there are a few small dips and gentle hills but nothing as extreme as where she's moving to. So, I'm expecting her to be a little tired (however, maybe she'll be totally fine since she is really pretty fit...) next week as she adjusts to the change in the work she has to do to just get around her pasture, and with that I'm wondering if I should expect to not ride her at all. She's extremely stoic about pain so I really probably won't know if she's sore and I don't want to ride her if she's sore, but I also don't want to let her have an unnecessary week off because I'd like to introduce her to all the trails and such before the rain really sets in and makes it dangerous for her to spook badly (she generally spooks like crazy the first time on a new trail but is totally fine after that).
What would you do? Obviously, if she seems uncomfortable at all, I'll maybe just do some ground work but since she is so stoic, her version of uncomfortable is probably another horse's extreme pain.
Also, would it be advisable to walk the fence line with her before I turn her loose after she gets off the trailer? She's going to probably be super excited (ie, barely under control) so I would prefer to just let her go, but at the same time I don't want her to injure herself running aorund like crazy without any idea of boundaries... I assume I probably should walk the fence line with her?
Fabio - 13 year old Arabian/Lipizzaner gelding
Hazel - 14 year old Angora goat
Atticus - 4 year old LaMancha/Alpine cross goat
Rest peacefully, Lacey.