Well, for starters it appears that we are NOT moving to Kansas City, at least not until next March or April :( I'm kind of bummed because I was really excited about moving there, plus I had found such a great place for Cinny.
I have opened myself to the idea of selling Cinny if I find an appropriate home for him. I'm not working hard at selling him, but if I find an interested person I'll consider it. I could really go either way at this point. I have advertised him, but not a lot of "bites."
I have, however decided to move him. Right now it takes me half an hour each way to go see him. Even if I put him in full care so I don't have to go EVERY day... seriously how could I NOT see him almost every day??? Plus that's an extra hour I have to pay the babysitter (at 8 bucks an hour). Basically the gas for our SUV and the extra hour runs me about 360 a month to see Cin where he currently is. Moving him to the stable by my house would save me at least 350 a month!! But my current barn owner wants me to start the 30 day notice OVER! Can you believe that??? He told me he had a waiting list when I was possibly going to have a second horse, and there was no room and now... he needs time to rent the stall ha ha. Our BO told me that if someone suddenly showed up wanting the stall NOW, he would let me out of the 30 day notice. OutOfTheBlue....if you know anyone who wants to move to our stable and would like Cinny's stall, have them call chuck ASAP, I could have him out as early as the 1st.... ha ha.
The new place is 5 minutes from my house. I could actually ride a bike there and maybe walk if I really had to. I wasn't too happy with the barn stalls but then... they took me out to "the back" to a little run that they said for some reason nobody likes. We walked through a little garden path to a 15X30 Shelter that had an attached mini dry lot about the size of a big round pen. This is the same price as the 10X10 DARK barn stalls. I can't figure out why nobody likes it, I think it would be PERFECT for Cinny. It is a little ways from the tack lockers, arena etc...but sometimes Cin likes his quiet. Oh, AND he still gets daily turnout in the MAIN turnout with up to 4 other horses and free choice round bale of brome.... so he will get to nibble all day and keep his tummy happy.
Added plus, they have a trainer ON SITE whom I've heard of and seen at the local schooling shows. She remembers me and Cinny from our last two shows and is really excited to work with us. In fact, we are already setting up lessons for me with her been there/done that lesson horse :) Everybody told me this trainer was really far away, and all along she was practically in my own backyard....I feel like such a heel. She also has a lot of experience with problem horses, horses who received bad "30 day training" as a youngster that caused problems and retraining OTTBs when they come off the track and frequently puts them up for adoption when she's done. She emailed me today that she thinks she has a student that can benefit from Cin and vice versa...she's a pre-teen who likes jr hunt seat but she has "outgrown" the abilities of the lesson horses. She'd like to work with Cinny so she can get to know him and make sure the girl can handle him, and then pair Cinny and the girl up and try them out together... which I'm all for.
Super plus plus. About once a week or so, the trainer trailers students horses out to other local arenas and rents riding time, including some of the arenas that hold most of the shows like the Event Center. This would be so great because after a while I think Cin would just find it second nature to have an occasional trailer "outing" somewhere, work for a bit and go home. I think this would take a lot of "show" stress off off him down the road because he will start being familiar and comfortable in the different venues.
So A LOT of changes going on. I don't know where I will be, in 6 months...or Cinny for that matter. I've decided to "get in, hold on, and just go along for the ride" so to speak.