So it's been 9 days since I went from full livery to DIY. I've owned Katie 2.5 years. This is my first time going DIY and in a 24/7 turnout situation. For anyone curious that even reads this and doesn't already know I live in London UK. Am 31 yo chick. My first year owning was full livery over £1000 a month. My second until recent was £700 a month - they knocked off £100 at my request for a short while as they were using Katie for clinics as a staff member fell in love with her. But then with covid I couldn't see her at all :< That wasn't including farrier or insurance either. NOW livery is £28 a month. Hay is £5 a rectangular bale. Including insurance and farrier my monthly cost is now at a generous £260 a month. Insane right?
But to be fair to myself I was so afraid of being the new owner noob I wanted full livery in case I messed up but... I was taken advantage of. But with this dramatically reduced outgoing I can afford to just relax.
It takes me 4mins to cycle there and have been spending approx 7-8 hours with 2-3 checks a day. Loving it. Not loving the farmer's tan much :P Or the heat... was 36c the other day (96f according to google). Bring on the thunderstorms!
Her sexy full UV flymask that slightly terrified some of the other horses at first :P Don't worry I only put it over headcollar to take a photo! mask.jpg
To say I'm not afraid is an understatement. I AM very much afraid of messing up. But the support that some of the decade-long DIY owners at this place has been astounding. In one week I've received more moral and hands-on support (ME, not just my horse) that I have in well.. years it feels. They have no real incentive to help me other than they want us to get on and love horses, too. It's a small community. Only about 17 horses max. Because most of them have been here so long its more like a family you can tell. They bicker but I've observed several times in just one week how they all look after one another's horses. If there's a problem they call one another and it's all hands on deck to help resolve it!
Katie squabbled a bit the first time she was put in but that's normal. I put her in the bare paddock with the lami/fattie lot but she tried to kick a horse through the barbed wire and cut her right hind on it. This is the only picture I had from soon after but unfortunately post-salve. It really was just a little thing though. She's had far worse and just sudocrem in the past (by staff). Screenshot_20200810-105750_Gallery.jpg
That happened soon after arriving. It was healing wonderfully. Kept it clean (just saline rinse) and protected from flies. However Saturday just gone I noticed it was oozing where flies had gotten into a corner of it :< It was tender to touch but she was weight bearing and otherwise fine. In any case the vet is arriving in two hours and to update vaccinations. I am not gonna risk a joint no thank you.
Well another thing that has gotten me a bit upset about previous livery situation and A, who begged and pleaded to buy my horse when I said I was moving. Apparently the farrier had recommended that Katie be shod on her hinds before camp. But they didn't bring it up to me nor did they get it done. Her back feet are so worn down shes walking on pure sole pretty much. She always did wear her hinds down in summer but I've NEVER in my time owning her seen it this bad. The farmer even asked if she was flat footed normally! I noticed on my first walk out with her, even before her injury above became infected, she was stabbing down and not willing to go more than a slow walk, very unlike her. This was a horse used to dragging her feet/toes and stomping down at a trot. Farrier that was there a few days ago said she should be fine to wait until her fronts are due but I don't think so. I'm not happy and already decided I'm not waiting on anyone's opinion anymore. I think she needs shoes right now and so a farrier is coming this afternoon.
A also sent me 10+ pictures of her doing x-country jumping solid fences.
Don't get me wrong the photos in themselves are lovely BUT I distinctly
remember speaking to her while the vet was there... the vet had said "she can pop jumps as long as she's happy but you don't really want to rag her. Just keep it a leisure thing". This is a horse that back then was considered slightly lame with a weak hind end (but comfortably compensating) and if not resolved with strength training would consider xrays just to get ahead. But they somehow got SO carried away with clinics etc and absence during covid that they escalated it to do doing x-country? I let out a scream and slammed my desk so hard my cat fell off the windowsill in a panic. It riled me enough to bring it up with the YO. I don't even have Katie insured for that and they even had a copy of her insurance! YO "ah I see. Well keep in touch". Whatever. I have tried being nice but its over as far as I'm concerned.
Oh a last thing. They didn't have her passport. I had to leave it on the premises she was mostly kept - the place they rented out. By law when transporting they should have it. But they didn't even bring it with them when they brought her down. I had to go collect it myself.
Oh and one more thing. A has only visited once. A love born of convenience it seems :/ They aren't all bad and they have done some good. I'm sure they care but from where I'm sitting and I'm well aware as an outsider how it looks. The YO even text me to make sure I was taking care of Katie in hot weather. I understand she's worried but they must really think I'm an imbecile. It is what it is now. Katie is here now. VideoCapture_20200803-102937.jpg
So vet visit and farrier soon today. Quite a few people love to hand-walk and ride regularly even if its just around the block. Once she's comfortable I'll be taking her out. A lady here rents out her horsebox which is brand new and Katie fits in wonderfully. She also instructs and another owner and I have agreed we'll share and do half hour each with her. She's gonna take us to a polo arena which will be lovely! I explained that its been a while but honestly I used to feel pretty intimidated at the thought of even riding at the other yard. But seeing people work with their horses here on something as simple as just riding 3 meters bareback... everyone here has made me feel at home about working at my own pace.
Will update after vet and farrier ^>^ time to go and get roasted. I didn't sleep at all last night in this humidity! 20200802_164920.jpg VideoCapture_20200803-102903.jpg