Summertime is challenging because my child is home from school and I go back to full time parenting. I will be doing the happy dance in two weeks when school starts back up!
Lots and lots of things have happened. I haven't written in a long time not just because of time, but because I've been doing so much and things have been changing rapidly. So, here's the highlights....
I picked the name Enzo. He seems to like it and it makes me giggle when I say it. Plus, he can have the nickname Z.
He foundered. Ugh. Luckily, I caught it super early and he's fine, with clean x-rays. However, vet has said he must be in regular work and have limited grass. Limiting his grass isn't too hard as they have a great dry-lot available, but it does mean he doesn't get to hang out with his buddies.
I've been riding five to six days a week up until two weeks ago when I had a stomach ache and was transported via ambulance for an emergency appendectomy. Suddenly, I couldn't work my pony. Lucky for me, I had a friend who was available and she's been riding him a few days a week until I'm cleared for riding again.
However, that really made me step back and look at my situation. First, it's important to note that I have done a TON of ground work and relationship work and my horse and I are a team now. We are at an entirely different place in our relationship. We're riding outside. We're purposely doing scary things. He ground ties. It's been incredible.
|Proof of outside riding!|
BUT...I don't have a lifestyle that is conducive to five days a week of riding. And the barn I'm at isn't a barn that has a program available that he could be in. It's just not the right fit. He would be perfect for what I WAS doing, which was riding in a program working my way towards dressage shows. Throw in some trail rides and he'd be a happy boy.
So, I'm putting the word out to my pony people. Currently, I am not advertising him on the big sites or on Facebook pages because I'd like him to go somewhere recommended. I would also love for him to go somewhere where some form of natural horsemanship is practiced or at least somewhere where they don't ride with a flash noseband just because that's what everyone else is doing. :) His personality has really come out in the last few months and he's a sensitive, people pleasing kind of horse. He deserves a rider who will honor that.
His best match is a confident rider who will give him regular exercise and love. He could probably do half days on grass with a grazing muzzle as long as he's getting regular work.
Stats are 16 hands, 13 years old, 1/2TB, 1/4 QH and 1/4 Percheron. Has been a lesson horse previously, but I don't think he loved doing that. Loves trails and arena work and has a wonderful, easy trot. $2,000. Perfect home a must. Currently, I don't have video because I'm just talking to friends and friends of friends. If I end up 'marketing' him, I will get better pics and videos and all that. He's boarded in Fall City right now, if anyone local is reading this. :)