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post #11 of 23 Old 07-22-2008, 03:37 PM
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He'll probably load just fine, walk into the trailer like there is nothing to even think about, he'll probably follow you right on. If he doesnt, don't pull him, let him back out and then go from there. Your new BO will know how to load him.

You can feed him like you normally would. I'm so happy for you getting a new place! I'm with Solon on keeping a copy of your letter, just in case you ever need to refer back to it. Mouths can run in small towns...

I'm really excited for you! One teeny peice of advice if I may... Don't get completely sucked into the parelli stuff. I mean, it's good for some things but keep your mind open becuase some of the things... just arent helpful... I know you are already a parrelli fan so I'm glad you found a barn that is into the same types of training as you are. Just keep an open mind, although you seem to be pretty well grounded anyway.

Good luck to you and don't let your old BO put you on any guilt trips or make you feel bad at all.....
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post #12 of 23 Old 07-22-2008, 08:53 PM Thread Starter
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Sonny will be moved Thursday morning (around 10am ish). I will take pictures and other stuff on that day. My mom wrote a letter to the BO just explaining that we were moving Sonny..so she's hoping that she won't have to explain to her lol.
So I'll let everyone know how the BO takes it

And I'm not too into the Parelli stuff...I want to know a little about all sorts of riding....and since Sonny is trained in parelli I thought I should know about it hehe
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post #13 of 23 Old 07-23-2008, 12:11 AM
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Sorry i'm getting into this so late, but
CONGRATS! I know what it's like to be at a place that you just don't enjoy anymore, and the joys and thrills of moving to a new barn. If you can, i would have someone neutral load Sonny. Thats what we did for Gem and Vega. Gem backed out once, but then loaded fine. I'm sure it would have been much worse if Tom or I did it. But see what works for you :)

Definitely take lots of pics and videos (videos if you can) of the whole thing. I wasn't able to get any pictures of two appaloosa butts in a trailer :(

Let us know how things go!
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post #14 of 23 Old 07-23-2008, 08:14 AM Thread Starter
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I know it's supposed to be raining tomorrow morning when we get them loaded so I'm not sure if I"ll be able to take pictures.
I'm definately not going to help load unless Sonny will not listen to the new BO....and in that case I'll just bribe him in with a handful of grain...works everytime so far with getting him into something he's not sure about lol.

Well we are just about to leave to go get my stuff from the stables....and we will tell the BO then. Wish us luck!
I am going to tell the lesson girls to keep an ear out if she starts talking behind my back...not because I really care, but I want to know what she says lol...I'm sure she'll give me a ba reputation there...or try to. The 4 girls know why I'm leaving and they are considering leaving also
I'l llet ya know how it goes when I come back
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post #15 of 23 Old 07-23-2008, 10:14 AM
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i think it was the adult thing to do-dont burn bridges and always leave on a good note! even if it isnt 100% true-you did right =now you can go to your wonderful new barn starting out fresh knowing you did what was right or at least polite and respectful and -heres a thought-pick your battles-you would not have won with her so leaving is best. great happiness to you and your horse at the new place.
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post #16 of 23 Old 07-23-2008, 11:59 AM
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That is soooo exciting! Congrats!! I think its a nice thing you did writing the letter. Show pictures of the new barn soon!

And a pool! That's fantastic! :P

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post #17 of 23 Old 07-23-2008, 12:06 PM Thread Starter
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Alright...she was NOT out so we went to the house and left the note with her husband...and told him that we were moving Sonny. As I said to my mom, her husband wouldn't care...he just said "oh, alright" and closed the door (yeah he is sooo friendly :roll: ) lol.
Anyways I have not yet left her the note...I will leave it tomorrow before I leave
So by now I'm sure, she has read the letter and knows we are leaving.
I asked the two girls that were there (whom I took lessons with) to do a sight check on Sonny to make sure he's alright, and make sure he has water...incase the BO is so mad she doesn't give him water.

I'll be up tomorrow at 8 am to clean the pasture and such. All my belongings are gone from the barn...took them this morning. They will be at the new barn tomorrow.
I will take pictures and videos as long as it isn't pouring out
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Well surprise, surprise...the BO was NOT as upset as I thought she'd be. She seemed a little POed, but not much. We didn't tell her that we were leaving because she was treating me like crap, we told her that she kept saying she'd sell the place so we didn't want to wait till the last minute and move. But she said that she'd never sell the place, and would be alright with me staying lol. You could tell she was trying to convince me not to move.
Then she asked where I was moving him to, and we told her, and she seemed fine with it. She seemed alright...a little upset but definately not to the extent that we thought.

As for loading...he did better than I thought. He followed me on and the first try to get his back feet on he didn't place his foot on the right place and then couldn't lift himself up...so then he got nervous and backed out. Again we tried and he did fine. I learned how to load a horse yay!!!!!

The drive was fairly short, and though I was panicing the whole time on whether or not he was fine....he was lol
He unloaded fine, but was VERY flighty at first. He kept pacing and just realllly pushy. He spooked at the goat...and I had to turn him in circles a couple times to stop him from getting too pushy.

I let him go in the field...a nice acre field...and he trotted off. but OMG I'm sooo mad at myself...here I was watching him prance and canter around like a stud and I didn't record it! I'll never forgive myself!
But after a while he calmed down and munched on grass. I sat on a tire in the pasture (he's in the obstical course pasture...really happy about that now he can get used to all the weird objects lol) and he'd occasionally come over to me and let me pet him.

I am really happy that I moved him. SCF seems like a GREAT place and he seems realllllllly happy there. The other horses are great, and the BO is wonderful. I feel that I made the right decision in moving him.

But on the downside the old BO made me feel so bad about leaving. We were considered kinda close...I'd help around the stables...and so on. She said "it felt like I had gained a daughter...and now your leaving"......I felt bad, but I couldn't tell if she was being sincere about it, or just saying that to get me to reconsider. But I still felt kinda bad. But I guess it was time anyways.

Pictures will come soon...I'm having difficulties with my laptop again so I'm on my dads computer.

I'll post again once my laptop behaves and I can upload the pictures
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post #19 of 23 Old 07-24-2008, 04:32 PM
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Sounds good! I think Sonny will like having soo much to do!
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Wow, now I feel bad....
I am talking to my barn friend (or old barn friend since I moved) and she said that the old BO was almost in tears after a left. I don't know why. I mean I left her the letter in the box (the one on page 1) and then my mom wrote wrote both her and her hubby a note saying that we were moving Sonny on the 24th...thanking her for all that she did for us...and letting her know what items we were leaving for her (my manure fork, an extra parelli lead and rope, my grain bucket hanging thing lol, and others)...but evidently she took that as a "goodbye I never want to see you again" type thing.
Sure I am still REALLY upset that she treated me that way, but I do appreciate all the things she has done for me.
We told her that our friendship still remained and if she needed any help around the stables that I'd be happy to come up and work with some of the horses (free of charge)....(did not tell her the following...) but I didn't want Sonny in her pasture because I believe he should be taken care of better.

And she's sooo in debt I was worried that she'd have to declare bankruptcy....we didn't tell her that either, but yeah lol

Pictures still coming......stupid computer!
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