Saturday, June 25, 2016

Suzie's Summer Vacation

Sexy mare don't care.
Suzie hasn't been featured much on the blog lately - she continues to eat, and wander, and is game for the occasional pony ride with my nephews. She seems to enjoy being "needed" and having a job, but I felt bad for her to be confined to a paddock and despite it being spacious, I longed to give her the opportunity to take advantage of the summer grass.


It's not at all uncommon for people in our area to "throw horses to pasture" during the summer when grass is fresh, green, and knee high. For most young horses, this gives them a good chance to gallop and play along acres and acres of softly rolling hills. For the seniors, it gives them the ability to stay in motion and explore their surroundings.

She was bathed because I couldn't handle
dropping off a dirty horse.
 So when a close friend asked if she could "borrow" Suzie for the summer, I couldn't really say no.

This friend has a young Andalusian and an older Morgan mare - the older mare paces the fenceline each time the Andalusian is removed to go to clinics, shows, or schooling sessions and it's to the point where the older mare is hollering and carrying on until the younger horse comes back. It's been frustrating for my friend and it's also been disturbing to the rural neighborhood.

At first I was reluctant - Suzie is my baby and if I can't physically see her every day, I might lose my marbles. But this friend is a well-versed horsewoman and has experience taking care of oldies to begin with.

After almost a month [she actually had asked me prior to me getting Finn, but I didn't want Spud to be alone] of "I don't know" and "Mayyyybe", I finally hauled Suzie out this morning and dropped her off at her Summer Vacation house.

Not even 2 minutes into being unloaded.

Fast friends.
Suzie, Nifty (Morgan), Navarro (Andalusian)
Suzie and Nifty
She is only about 50minutes away from me, so not too far if I wanted to run out and visit. And she has about 20 acres of grass to graze on. The extra mobility will be good for her arthritis and it helps that she is pastured with two well behaved mares.

Not only is this Summer Vacation beneficial to Suzie, but it also helps reduce the $$$ on board I am spending, and it also conserves hay since I also have Finn on a free-lease at the barn. It's kind of a win/win all around, especially since Sassy-mare seems quite content in her new digs.

14 comments:

  1. What a great idea! Suzie looks very happy!

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  2. Sounds like an excellent set-up, but I'm like you and I miiiiiight lose my marbles :) I'm sure the grass and turnout will be beneficial though, so she'll come back looking and feeling refreshed!

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    1. On the plus side - my friend is an excellent horse-person. I know she'll be well taken care of.

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  3. I can understand how it might feel a little bittersweet to have her farther away but it really does sound like a great situation - a win for everyone! Hopefully Suzie loves the vacation dogs!!

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  4. What a great situation for all of you!

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  5. Aw sounds like a great situation :)

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  6. Susie is one lucky mare. All of my horses would like to also move to that pasture.

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    1. She deserves it all - and more!
      And yes, bring your horses up to BC. Haha.

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  7. I'll bet Suzie is loving her new friends and grazing in that gorgeous pasture! I think it's a great decision all around.

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    1. She is really enjoying her new digs so far :)

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