On 1 September, I moved my horses to their new barn. They now share a run-in shed and a big sand turnout. And in contrast to the old barn, I can put them in a big grass turnout for hours upon hours every day, even when the weather is bad. They are getting quite fat, but with Winter coming soon, that is fine with me.
Chicolina scratches a little bit more than she did when she lived indoors, but on the flip side, she moves a lot better when I ride her because she can stretch her legs 24/7. Snoopy adores her, even though she keeps biting him when he comes back after riding. “How dare you leaving me here alone?!” While it still gets hot during the days, the nights are quite chilly, and Snoopy already looks like a teddy bear. The older he gets, the furrier he gets in the fall. But I am going to try and not clip him for as long as possible.
The area is beautiful, a lot less traffic. And it’s wine country, so hills, hills, hills. Snoopy loves uphill conditioning, and as a (former) eventer he is used to it. Cheeky, on the other hand, does not understand the concept of hills yet. She is happy going down hill, but uphill, she’s like “Ugh, woman, let’s just turn around.” I think it will get better as her technique improves. Right now, she keeps dragging herself up with her front legs instead of really pushing with her hind legs. But that’ll come.
Snoopy and I had our first jumping lesson yesterday. The trainer is really good, both from a professional point of view and chemistry-wise. In a couple of weeks, I’ll start jumping Cheeky, too. That way she should be good to go next season.