Tuesday, June 16, 2015

We have arrived!

I interrupt my tortuously drawn-out recap of my May show to share with you images from Pig's arrival at our new barn, and also photos of an exceptionally happy dog. You're preemptively welcome for the happy faces on a Monday Tuesday (the internet at the hospital did not cooperate).

A happy Napkin Bandit.
All of our stuff arrived the day before Guinness, so the house has been a complete catastrophe of packing paper and boxes. Luckily, we own one of the most paper-loving dogs in history. We filled the dining room completely with packing paper and watched him go to town: ripping up paper, digging holes, and burying himself. This dog, man. We call him the Napkin Bandit for his propensity to steal and eat napkins off of people's laps. He's very discrete. One minute you have a napkin, the next it is gone. Needless to say, a room full of napkins basically broke his mind.

Happy (and wet!) Pig
Guinness rolled up to the new farm at exactly 8 am. How reasonable! The driver was worried about him because of how much he was sweating, but I made sure to tell him that was completely normal and that I wasn't concerned. Pig is such a nervous traveler.

Overall, he looked great! A little tired, but not really stiff and absolutely sound. I couldn't be happier. I've seen that horse come off a trailer a stiff mess from a much shorter trip. Brook Ledge really did a great job with him.

Pig meets one of his new pasture mates...
We decided just toss Pig out with  his new pasture group. He's out with two warmblood babies (6 and 7 year old monsters), and an older draft cross mare. It's actually a pretty quiet group, and he has settled in pretty peacefully. I think he knows he can outrun all three of the huge-boned monsters out there with him...
A view of the farm from the front of Pig's turnout.
Field board is funny. You are mainly just dealing with your horse, so even though the facilities can change drastically you often still feel very comfortable. The only change I made to Pig's turnout at this barn was to add a flymask. The gnats here are terrible, and were driving him nuts.
Yes, there's a horse out there... somewhere.
Pig's pasture is at the front of the property, and is the first thing you see when you drive up to the barn. It's been really fun to see my horse greet me at the entrance, and to come running to me when I call his name. It's the little things in horse ownership.

Our first ride around the property.
This barn is set up so that you can ride between the individual turnouts, and the barns themselves. When Pig arrived, I couldn't resist hopping on him. He was super tired, so we kept the ride to a quiet exploration of the property. It's gorgeous here!

"What is this magical wonderland?!"
The dogs and I have also been exploring at home. Our house is right down the street from a main trail connection, and we have been spending our mornings exploring the trail as it winds through the city. The dogs are loving all of the exploration activity. There's something wonderful about huskies, in that they are always up for a new adventure. They are the best dogs.

The best of the best dogs, overlooking Sligo Creek. Such a happy face!
In other news, my internet is now up and working at home. As soon as I locate a table, I'll be up and posting the rest of the show recap and other posts I've been working on. Fingers crossed, tables are in short supply here!

27 comments:

  1. Glad to hear that everyone arrived safe and sound! That barn looks GORGEOUS :)

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  2. Yay! Glad everything worked out so well!

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  3. Sound like a smooth transition so far and glad you like your new place.

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  4. I'm so glad you were able to get into that barn!! It's one of the best in the area! Happy for you that everything worked out so well and so smoothly!

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    1. The best with good reason! Loving it so far!!

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  5. yay welcome to Maryland - the gnats are slightly vicious but the rest is pretty awesome :D hope you guys settle in well!!!

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    1. Omg. The gnats, yo. I think a few of them crawled into my brain

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  6. I really love all of those happy faces!

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  7. Glad you've arrived safe and sound :)

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  8. Your dog with all the paper is hilarious! Glad everyone is safe :)

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  9. Glad everyone made it safe and sound! We gave our house bunnies a good bit of the packing paper out of the moving boxes. They were happily shredding and burrowing away for days.

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    1. Omg. Bunnies!! That totally ups the adorable factor!

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  10. I love Sonka playing in your stuff!

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  11. So that barn looks absolutely gorgeous!

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  12. Wow that is beautiful! So glad everyone made it safe!

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  13. that is a dog so happy that he beside himself. :)

    congrats on the new location for everyone. I love the field you rode in

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  14. So glad Pig arrived safe and sound! His new digs look dreamy!!

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  15. So happy your guy arrived safe and sound! Looks like a beautiful new home for him and great places to ride!

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  16. What a fabulous place! That pasture- swoon!

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