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        03-20-2013, 06:57 PM
    Welcome! LOVE your horse!

    I am a little sad. It turns out that one of my co-workers got sick, so I can't go up to my parent's place this Easter weekend as we'll be short staffed even with me there. So unless something comes up and we get more people for that Saturday, I'll be stuck around here. I was looking forward to seeing my new horse and maybe riding my gelding, besides of seeing my sister, Ellie, (who I haven't seen since Christmas), and all the rest of the family. My boss was so apologetic, he was like, "I'll make it up to you!". I love my bosses, they are so good. It just didn't work out. I guess it'll add up on my pay cheque, that's the good part!
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        03-21-2013, 06:54 PM
    Yes working holidays sucks. But then there is always the holiday pay...

    Something incredibly disappointing about my job-I have held my position for over two years in a difficult hospital unit dealing with some really horrible and difficult crap. Now I just found out that one of the girls I went to high school with got a job at a nursing home doing the same thing for almost TWICE the money I am making and she has held the job for a few months. I feel jilted and would almost consider moving for the summer just to get a job with her so I can make money. For petes sake we have a baby on the way, I hold experience in my position, and we have to move in with my in-laws in order to make it. On top of this I'm in college and we have student loans coming up. SERIOUSLY WORLD?! WHAT DID I DO TO NOT GET A BETTER PAYING JOB?! It's because of the oil boom up here but it still infuriates me that my brother in law that works at MCDONALDS makes almost as much as me.

    Rant over.
        03-21-2013, 08:17 PM
    Crazy jobs! We are in oil country here too. I can't even begin to think about renting or buying a place around here. The prices are ridiculous! I am living with my sister and brother-in-law and paying them a bit of rent.

    On the job, well, now my hopes are in a roller coaster. LOL! My boss just hired someone and she is planning on working that Saturday... If she works out (she starts on Tuesday), then I can go. I am trying really hard not to get my hopes up. I'll find out for sure if I'm going on Wednesday evening or Thursday morning. If I can go I'll be leaving Thursday sometime. Whenever my friend from ND gets across the border and picks me up.
        03-24-2013, 10:01 PM
    Sooo...I'm selling Brocky. The lady who leases him asked if she could buy him and I agreed. I'm sad to be parting with him but I just can't keep him at the moment and I know he's got a great home where he gets on well with them and they love him. He's got lots of pasture, safe fencing, buddies next door, a muddy pond to splash around in in summer and is thoroughly spoiled by the lady. So I'm sad but I'm also happy. I'll ask for a first refusal if she ever has to sell him, but I hope he's found a forever home. It's so nice to know that he's fitted in so well there, and that he gets the attention he needs.

    Sale will be finalised over the next few weeks. She said I'm welcome to come up and visit/ride him any time so that's great too. But I know he's in the best of homes which is the most important thing for me.
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        03-24-2013, 10:36 PM
    So sorry EHOD! That is really tough! I'm glad that you know he is going to a good home.

    It was sunny all day here! Yay! That, and my boss told me on Saturday, that I for sure could have the days off that I asked for! I'm really happy about that! Now just hoping that everything works out for our neighbor to be able to haul Ruby home by then. She has been running into a few problems.

    Today I did dishes (my sister made cupcakes this morning), and cleaned the washroom, as well as hauling out the water from the washer (it drains into a tub down stairs), and washing a load of laundry. It was a nice lazy Sunday! Back to work tomorrow. I managed to get my two students from Thursday to move to Tuesday for this week. So I'll be teaching Tuesday and Wednesday, three students each day.

    For now I'm just really excited to be going to see my horses and siblings! Especially my sister, who is two years older than me. She has been at Bible college and I haven't seen her since Christmas.
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        03-25-2013, 04:26 AM
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    All of best luck to Brocky and you, Evil! It sounds like he'll be in a wonderful home, so you just stay strong!

    Still nervous. Moving stables this Sunday. As the weather has been very wintery for a long time, he might be stabled overnight for more than a month, until the summer pastures are ready for grazing, but not much I can do about it. :(

    And yesterday Snickers gave me a scare. All the roads around and the arena of my current barn are now covered with ice or ice crusted snow, so the only option we have is to graze and take walks off-roads. That we did yesterday, and just across the road from our outside arena Snickers noticed a nice, snowy patch and wanted to roll in it. The patch seemed okay, so I let him, but when he got down, it turned out that there is a small slope under all that snow, and he slid down on his side before I could get him up. As a result, he got a small pine tree between his hind and forelegs, and, laying on the slope, couldn't get up anymore! Luckily, he acted bravely and was very calm, although visibly frightened, and two barnmates were near, so they ran to us as I called for help and helped getting him up with ropes. In the process he panicked a little and kicked the pine tree violently several times, but, thank the horse gods, no injuries, just a scare and getting to walk him off for a while, as he had sweated all over.

    But so proud of my big boy, when he lay there and let me hold his head, while my barnmates threw ropes around his legs!
        03-25-2013, 07:14 AM
    Oh gosh that must have been so stressful, Saranda! Hate watching horses panic, especially when they're mine!

    Thanks guys, I know he's a well loved member of his new family - he even loves their kids! - and he'll have many happy years there. What more could I ask for as a horse owner? I'm selling him at less than half his value but I don't care, he's in a fantastic home. Will still shed a few tears on signing the receipt though :'(
        03-25-2013, 11:16 AM
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    Think of it like this - you gave Brock a chance to re-discover a kinder and more trusty part of his personality, so that he could find the best home - without you he maybe would have missed this chance! Thus, although it will be sad for you to part with him, you were still an incredibly important part of his life and helped him cross over to his new self. :)

    Regarding Snickers getting stuck, it was stressful, Evil, but at that moment I managed to keep my calm, too - I just know too well that Snickers can get extremely upset and alert if he feels me getting scared, so it was very important that I stay calm and take deep breaths. I guess it's trust.

    We just got a chance to try out the trailer that will get Snickers to his new home. He was fantastic - I just had to point to the trailer and he loaded all by himself, then waiting patiently for me to tie him and close the trailer. We repeated it a couple of times with the same results and I feel quite confident about how it will go on the moving day.

    Got another tale to tell. Last week we had a huge kid party in the barn, with kids being ponied in the trails, kids running and screaming all over the place and, of course, kids wanting to pet the horsies. A couple of little boys saw me leading Snickers and they wanted to give some treats to him in particular. I hesitated, as Snickers can get very pushy, grabby and nippy around treats, but decided to give it a try, being ready to react and hold him tightly, if needed. And then, he gave me the surprise of the week. Not only he didn't get grabby around those little boys, he was a complete angel - taking carrots softly and oh-so-politely with the tips of his lips on a loose lead rope, and then letting the boys play with his lips, which usually makes him very prone to biting - but not this time! He acted just like an experienced babysitter and that made me very proud of him - first time ever I see him behave so well around strangers with treats! :)
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        03-25-2013, 01:55 PM
    Well Saranda and Evil, it sounds like you both have very big things coming up in your equine life and I wish you both all the best. Evil I am sorry you have to part with your horse but I commend you for realizing that it is indeed the best situation for all. It takes someone with a lot of thought to realize when it is time to let something go, especially when it's something you're close to. I sold one of my heart horses to a family that I knew could take better care of him and believe me I sobbed about it for a while. (and looking back now I wish I woulda kept him because he would have been the PERFECT horse for my fiancee) However in this situation you are being smart and using the tool between your ears, good job.

    Saranda-holy buckets that had to have been nerve wracking. I agree with you being proud of your boy! Goodness it takes a lot of trust for a horse to remain calm in that situation. It really shows how much he looks up to you.

    As far as my horse life at the moment, well it sucks. Hunny is a ways away, school and the weather are preventing me from seeing her, I can't ride her anyways, and I miss her! Fortunately there is only about a month of school left and the weather is finally supposed to warm up this weekend so I will go see her (if homework doesn't inhibit that idea). Ok my mini whining session is over
        03-25-2013, 04:27 PM
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    By the way, guys, I know I'm probably being irrationally nervous, but how is being out just for 8-9 hours per day in winters for horses? I'm worrying it might be too little, as I'm not used to stabling horses at all. It won't be for long anyway, 2 months at max, depending on weather conditions, but I'm still a bit concerned... Say I'm just being silly. :)

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