Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Johnson Creek, WI
We've been having some down time since everyone is at lamplight and the barn is dead quiet. I've been riding less and no cantering or jumping. My vet also started him on ranitidine 300mg 10 tabs bid x 2-3 weeks starting tonight. Should have some improvement by our lesson on Thursday. At least enough to know that we are on the right track. Only $40 for the first 2 weeks (that's a bottles worth, the vet said not to buy the second bottle in case we don't see any difference after 2 weeks.) Much more appropriate pricing. The vet thought it was silly to start with the big guns, especially since we didn't scope so we are still "guessing" that it's ulcers. I have my fingers crossed.
The best news is that my old trainer finally filled us in on the new place she found. Kim and I went on Thursday for a tour and it is amazing. It used to be a vet clinic and it is empty now. Needs some paint and tlc. 19 stalls, heated, 2 round pens, smallish indoor, 2 outdoors (one is massive), huge hunt field, pastures and paddocks galore. The outdoor board pastures are absolutely huge. Jack will be able to really run around out there. The best part is the barn manager (who is renting the place to own) will keep a very tight ship. Only a couple horses be pasture and she will let the pastures rest so they don't get ruined. I have no clue why more barns don't do this, it makes better use of the land that you have. The paddocks are also very cool (even though Jack wouldn't use them). There is a 50x50 dry lot with a long skinny pasture attached by gate. In bad weather they just use the front part but when it's nice all of the horses will be able to stretch their legs like a horse should.
The manager wants to have clinics, some small shows and would like to host a derby since it has the beautiful hunt field. The only down side is the indoor is smaller than the one at CHF. Although, it may be an optical illusion because this one has a normal rafter ceiling and the one at CHF is raised and finished off so it looks a lot bigger. It's also painted white and the new barn is very dark. It also is not insulated or heated right now, but she says she will have that done before winter.
The place has a lot of character and the stalls are nice. Lots of storage, full kitchen, lounge with a fire place. Just overall a really neat place. Very quiet and I just can't get over all the pastures and paddocks. There are 10 dry lots with connected paddocks. Just so cool. Even Kim liked it!
The catch is that I am still waiting on her to send me the price list. She says it should be the same as CHF. A little disappointing that I won't be saving any money but the place is so nice that I really can't argue with the costs they will have. If the prices are good then I think we will be moving there. Hopefully for July!
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