I am still struggling through my anxiety when he pins his ears, doesn't pay attention, kicks at my leg. My whole body tenses up and I grab at the reins. Not good, Mona Sterling, not good. I think I am going to try and find someone to ride him for a month to get him back going again. I think it will restore both of our confidences. From there, I can figure out what we're doing.
The other thing we need to do is move somewhere where there are more people. I ride weekday mornings and I don't mind riding in an arena by myself if there are people 'around'. I'm not a fan of riding without anybody else there.
So, I'm on the hunt for the right boarding facility.
- Arena - Prefer covered AND outdoor arena.
- Trails on site - I don't have a trailer. It doesn't even need to be miles and miles of trails. It could even be a track around the perimeter of the place. Just somewhere that is outside and not an arena so we can practice.
- Turnout - Licorice may just need more turnout. I know more than one horse who did a 180 in personality when they had the right amount of turnout. He has had limited turnout the last four months and I think it's not working for him.
- Timothy Hay - Licorice does better on Timothy than Alfalfa.
- People -There must be people. I don't want it to be a graveyard when I ride.
- Knowledgeable Barn Owner - I'm putting my horses care in someone elses hands when I'm not there. I want to sleep well at night.
- Less than 30 Minute from My House and No Major Highways Involved - I don't want to spend my life commuting.
Are there any bloggers/lurkers that know of anything in the Redmond, WA area? I know of lots of barns, but I'd love to have a personal recommendation for one! I'd also love to work with a trainer at the new barn, so if you have a trainer to recommend let me know!