I didn't want to write a mile long post in Pictures, so i'm doing it here :) Don't worry there are refreshments at the end of this
So Saturday I called up Spring Valley to let them know that we were going to be moving them out there on Sunday. They actually said it was fine! We heard some horror stories about them holding a horse hostage and putting liens against it. So we wanted to get them out of there ASAP and just be over and done with them.
We met our friends at their house a little after 12, and then we drove over to Spring Valley. Tom kept being all negative about how neither of them would load, and that they'd both flip out in the trailer. I was trying to stay positive and assured Tom that everything would go smoothly.
We cleaned out our tack boxes, boy were there a lot of things in there. Things I totally forgot I had And some things that I bought for the heck of it and won't use. So now Tom's precious 300 is filled with horse stuff, and smells like it too That's getting cleaned out today.
While we were cleaning out the boxes, our friends loaded the horses in. Vega went right in :) Gem would walk in, and then walk right back out. But after like 2 seconds, he was in, butt bars were in place and the trailer ramp was closed up. They also had hay to munch on, which really helped Gem calm down.
Obviously SV got paid too. We are sending them a letter to get their medical records as they claimed that they sent the records to us in our April Bill (it was only the certificate and dates of shots.. no medical records)
The 10 minute ride over to Riverwood seemed like it too forever. We were going slow so our friends would go slow. We were both constantly looking back to make sure the turns, stops, everything went ok.
We pulled up and Gem was the first to come out. We let them graze for a little bit so they'd sort of settle in. They were SO happy to be eating the grass. We did that for like 15-20 min. And then we turned them out in their pasture. I made the mistake of letting Vega go before Tom go outta the way Nothing bad happened, everyone's ok, but if Vega would have kicked out in the other direction, she would have gotten Tom. We watched them run around, and watched Vega bully Gem. I couldn't believe it. And boy was she LOUD! I've never heard her like that before. All kicks and pawing at each other was over within the first 30 seconds or so.
I then got my camera to capture them running and being free. Tom and I really got choked up.
We were there for a good 2 hours or so. Then we headed back to SV to get my name plate and some feed. Then we headed back to drop off the feed and to see them again. I cannot tell you how amazing it is to drive up to Riverwood and SEE our horses munching on hay, swishing their tails, just being horses. I almost cried going there today, it just made me so happy.
We kept them out last night, which was fine until we were driving home from my parents last night. They've never been left out past 4pm so now for them to be out all the time, we had no idea how they'd be. The owner e-mailed me last night saying that they ate fine, and at around 7pm they decided to have a run. They were settling in find and for us not to worry and have a good night sleep. I thought that was very nice of her to do.
We saw them today, and they were doing good. They were eating together :) They have horse interaction now :) Vega will just pin her ears and give Gem that look and he'll move away. Poor Gem.. he's whipped.
We're getting a fly mask for Gem and I have to find Vega's. I also think we should get a tack trunk, but Tom doesn't want to :roll: Think I'll just order one, a smallish one, so we can keep our stuff in there and locked if needed.
Well, that was their move. We're getting a different food for Vega and hopefully that will go over well. (it will be introduced slowly over 2 weeks or more) They're going to start going on the big grass field tomorrow since it's supposed to thunderstorm today.
I'll keep updating on their progress!
*platter of chocolate chip cookies and brownies and some milk and lemonade* Enjoy!