Happiness is essentially a state of going somewhere, wholeheartedly, one-directionally, without regret or reservation.
— William H. Sheldon
I found a great place to board my horses! Huge sigh of relief. It’s farther out than I had planned but worth the drive.
I think the most important thing about a boarding facility is the person running it and I really like this lady. She’s easy to talk to, helpful, compassionate and she has three dogs, one of which is named Willow, same as my old dog was named. I mentioned my willow tree tattoo in honor of my dear girl, she showed me her tattoo of a beloved horse. It was meant to be.
Oh, and she takes photos of owners horses when they are doing something amusing and sends it to the owners so they can see what their horse is up to. She showed me some of them. Now that’s someone who hasn’t burned out on taking care of horses and dealing with boarders. So different from many places I’ve boarded at in the past.
I wanted so bad to take photos of the stable but thought I better wait until my horses are there and I have a better excuse than “Your place is awesome!”
She and her husband have the sweetest house. It looks like a cabin out in the woods and it’s as cute inside as it is outside. Not very big, but exactly the kind of place I’d like to live in, with lots of rustic wood and a loft overlooking the living room, a warm cozy place.
There’s an outdoor and indoor riding arena, a few trails through the woods, and a spot to park my trailer. She takes in a maximum of 12 horses so it’s low key. Boarders are a mix of dressage, cow horses, and everyone trail rides. They even take some group trips so I might finally have some trail riding buddies.
My horses will stay outside most of the time, but are brought into a stall to eat their grain and brought in if the weather gets wet and cold. I can bring my own grain so I don’t have to worry about switching them to something new.
So now I just need to find a place to board myself. How hard can it be? Gulp…
I let the horses out in the pasture all this week. Might as well give them some fun time before they are moved to a dirt paddock. It is so luscious and green. Even Java wants to graze.