Movin’ on up…

After a couple of false starts this week, we got Bob moved to his permanent home at Abiding Acres. Many thanks to Kelsey (and her father) for the transportation help!

Kim left early this morning for her vacation with a friend, so she’ll come home to a new stable.

There was nothing really wrong with the place where he has been this week, but we always intended to keep him at Abiding Acres. This other stable is only $10 a month less for full care boarding, and they have a nice big arena, but their turnout area consists of four small paddocks. There is no pasture there, either. AA, on the other hand, is a paddock paradise where horses get to be horses.

The move went well, other than Bob being a bit grumpy at missing out on the feed that everyone else was getting when we loaded him up. Ooops—poor planning on my part. He loaded into Kelsey’s three-horse slant trailer with very minimal fuss. He arrived without incident, came on out, looked around, and then settled into his temporary paddock. That’s where he will call home for the next few days until he gets better acclimated (and we get his vaccine status figured out). Jenn, the stable owner, was there to meet us and get everyone settled in. Very helpful.

I unpacked the grooming gear and stuff that I had picked up a few days ago and got myself oriented. This is where the reality of horse ownership began to sink in (in a good way). This is our horse!

After watching Bob for a while, I headed back to town to help out with the fencing tournament. Tomorrow I’ll come back out and see how he’s doing.

About Mike

Michael Heggen is a horseman, maker, and thinker who lives in Salem, Oregon with his wife, Kim, and "three to eight cats". He stays quite busy riding, driving, and caring for their three horses, Boulder, Shasta, and Bob. Among other things, Mike has been a fencing coach, police chaplain, computer consultant, aspirant to the diaconate, computer salesman, box boy, carpenter, computer technician, typesetter, church youth leader, copy machine operator, and network administrator. His other interests include juggling, reading voraciously, and (pretty occasionally these days) cycling.
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