I've decided that I should in fact keep a horse journal.. I seem to keep journals for every other aspect of my life so - why not?!
This could be interesting :)
I'm actually moving in Monday, I won't have my horse at the new property until next Saturday :( But in saying that - the job is on a 8000 hectare ASH stud farm. I've technically already started work, just not officially moved all my stuff lol
Really looking forward to it!
I'll be working for a lady called Nita, all of her mares recently dropped foals.. really really expensive foals :S Make my horse look relatively pooey! But I still love him..
Maybe I should write a "bring you up to date" with Albie?
This is what Albie looked like when I got him -
I ended up with him as a result of the 2011 Floods in Australia (Queensland), it wasn't the owners fault he was at this point, but she couldn't afford to bring him back to weight - before her Albie was a Racehorse, retired again due to the floods. I found out recently he would still qualify as a racehorse! (He's still VERY fast!) but I would never do that to him again.
This is his condition as of 08/12/11
The paddock he was in for the past month has lost all feed, I only just had a chance to move him last week, he lost some condition but he's overall much better then when I got him.
I'm sure over the period of time I'm writing this you might get a feel for what Albie and I's relationship is like :) but to put a long story short, we saved each other, and I love him so soo much for this!
I wasn't able to get out to see Albie today :( I feel bad, I haven't been able to see him since wednesday because I was in Melbourne. I had a friend ridding him for me, Albie's one of those horses that no matter how much you feed him he won't put weight on unless somebody's working him at the same time - Love Thoroughbreds <3 hehe
I'm thinking of putting him up to two feeds a day again, just until he's back at his ideal weight.. I dropped him back to one once I had him back on a green paddock, but once I have him at my new place he's going to be worked for at least 3 hours a day doing property work.. he's my transport method around the place. The farm I'm at has different stables spread out between the property, they have farming families split between certain stables.. I get the paperwork job, calling vets if needed, farriers, thoroughly checking the foals every morning/evening, handling the foals from birth, weening etcetc. ... fun times ahead :P
Of course I will be putting photos up as I go! :)
Thought I would post one now :)
This little guy is only 9 days old - Look at how built he already is!!
6hours old at the time of this photo
Stay tuned I guess :P