Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Winds of Change

As you can probably guess by the title of this blog post, the lesson on Friday with the trainer at New Barn went extremely well :)

The hubby surprised me on Thursday by saying that he had the following day off, and wanted to accompany me and Boca to our lesson. I was really excited at being able to get his input, because the husband is a wise man who generally makes very good, reasonable decisions.

Friday was a killer day weather-wise. The temperature was expected to be in the 90s, which is about at hot as it gets in New England, and the humidity was right up there. I was sweating rivulets just getting the trailer packed and hitched and getting Boca spiffed up and ready to go.

We had a nice 40 minute drive with the A/C blasting to calm things down on the perspiration front. The New Barn (NB) is located about 39 miles east of the current barn, bordering on land that that is the gateway to Cape Cod. The area is very picturesque - miles of cranberry bogs and shingled houses with backyard barns. It is a costal farming area, with tons of land and hints of the coastline.

When we pulled down the drive of the barn, hubby was impressed, and thought that they layout and facilities was actually nicer than my current barn, which was interesting, as I hadn't had that first impression.

I was actually half an hour early for my 9 AM lesson. I don't like to be rushed or late for anything, but definitely not while pulling a horse trailer and introducing a horse to a new environment. Also, to me, I should be in the tack at least 5 -10 minutes prior to the start of my lesson. It's a respect thing. A trainer's time is valuable and should not be wasted by an un-prepared student.

Boca, for his part, was a little wide-eyed, but sensible about everything. I unloaded him, tied him to the trailer, and tacked up, while waiting for new trainer (NT).

I don't have any media from our lesson, but needless to say, I worked my butt off while trainer was trying to get Boca to use his. He has this spectacularly massive front end, which he has used his whole life to, in essence, pull himself around. I was huffing and puffing trying to get him to w/t/c without leaning on his massive shoulders and actually use his (as my Polish great grandmother would call it) "dupa".

Trainer absolutely loved Boca, and had many nice things to say. She said that she thought we were not far off from being capable of putting together a quite nice dressage test, which was definitely news to me. She thought Boca looked like 'a fun ride' and noted he was 'quite sensitive'.  She had a lot of great ideas on developing him further and getting him fit. She noted how his expression lit up when we started jumping, and how he definitely enjoys it.

Much sweat. Very hot. Indoor wash stall (!!!)

It was really nice to get such positive feedback on my horse. I can honestly say I thought she was genuinely complimentary of him, and it was refreshing. That has not always been the case, and it was uplifting to have someone genuinely appreciate him for something other than just his good brain and easy-going nature.
 
The lesson pretty much sealed the deal. I am a bit of a risk taker by nature and have always embraced change. The facilities are nice, the people are nice. The box stalls are large, airy, well bedded and clean. There is all-day turnout for Boca. The property abuts miles of trails and cranberry bogs. Feed and care appear to be exemplary. There is the opportunity to ride in a program, with someone to oversee our development. And best of all, I can afford full board!
 
Before I left, I told the trainer I would be taking the stall. She was pleased, and said after meeting me last week, they were hoping I would. Which was definitely nice to hear!
 
 
 
At the end of the day, I gave notice at my current barn. I got the ultimate compliment from the current BO, who is really sad to see us go, but understands us wanting to pursue our goals. It feels good to know that I Boca and I were well-liked, valued members of the community,  and because of that, are welcome back at anytime.
 
So, the plan is to serve out our 30 days notice and move to the new barn the weekend of August 12th. I'm really excited to begin a new chapter in our journey.
 
And I'm really, REALLY excited to go on full board, and all the time and possibilities that opens up :)
 


18 comments:

  1. So exciting! Glad this is working out for you.

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  2. Awww sounds like everything is working out :D

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  3. So glad everything worked out so smoothly! Looks like a really nice barn :)

    Also, I totally agree with being in the saddle before the actual start of the lesson. That's always been my policy too; as you mentioned, it's simply a respect thing.

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  4. YAY! I'm so happy that the lesson went well and I can't wait for this next step in your journey. I have loved being in a program, and I think you will too. Plus FULL BOARD. YASSSS

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  5. Sounds like a great start!! Best wishes to you guys.

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  6. Yay! Sounds awesome. So exciting!

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  7. It sounds like the everything is working out. Plus full care is awesome!

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  8. Woohoo, great news to hear NT & NB were so awesome and that they have space to move in a month. Always great to be able to leave people with good memories & keep doors open.

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  9. Wooohoooo!! How exciting!! And awesome that you can always go back to the place you love if things aren't great but I'm sure you're going to have so many amazing new adventures and this is AWESOME for you guys <3

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  10. Yay!! Sounds like the perfect fit for both of you. I know it was a huge boost in confidence for me when I finally started working with a trainer that had faith that my horse and I could move past capable and actually be good at things!

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  11. That sounds very exciting for you and Boca. Blue skies ahead!

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  12. It sounds like a great move - what a wonderful lesson!!!

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  13. This barn sounds amazing. All day turnout and cranberry bogs. Sweet!

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  14. I'm so happy things are falling into place! You are going to have so many fun adventures now that you will be in a training program. I can't wait to follow along!

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  15. Full board was legit the best decision I ever made. I will never go back to owning my own farm or self care board! Color me spoiled.

    Happy things are falling in place!!

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  16. Sounds like a great decision! So excited to hear more about life at the new spot :)

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  17. Love that your current BO was nice about the move! The first place I ever gave notice to stopped feeding my horse and banned me from the premises (for no reason). My last BO (before my current one) told me she expected me to move and that she was glad because obviously I didn't know what I was doing with my horse, I never listened to her, and she didn't like the direction I was going anyways. This is after years of her bad training ruining my horse. So yeah....I wish more BOs were like yours.

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  18. So exciting! Congratulations and good luck with the move!

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