Years later, here I am actually living in the middle of serious horse country. We have seen so many huge, gorgeous farms in the past few weeks as we drive around, learning our way around our new home state. And yesterday, one of my dreams can true - I was cantering around a lovely large pasture in KY!
The past few weeks have had there ups and downs, but yesterday was a definite UP day! We had been asked to haul two horses to an area show in the afternoon by Alexis's new trainer as she has a 3 horse trailer but was taking 5 to this show. We decided to head to the barn early so I could ride before we hauled others to the show.
The pasture I rode in is Riva's turn out pasture - just her and two other mares. It has a good size hill with a nice flat area at the back of the pasture. First time I have ever trotted down a hill and Riva loved it all.
Riva went off her feed for a few days after being totally switched over to her new feed and was a bit lethargic - not her normal Diva self. After a talk with the vet and feed rep, we switched her to a feed more like what she as on and Indiana. She perked back up after just one day on the new feed and it back to normal. We did have to put a grazing muzzle on her due to fence chewing - in Indiana, her pasture was hot wired all around vinyl fencing.
It has also been an adjustment for me as Alexis takes a lesson most everyday on Riva as part of her pay. There are a few other horses for her to lesson on, but they are laid off due to injuries. My riding has went from 6 days a week to 2 days a week - other than walking her out around the property. The training is great for Riva and for that I am grateful. Hoping the other horses are healthy again soon so my riding days can increase.