I am like a vacation queen these days…

So remember this post? Or this one? Well this summer I am like the vacation queen. From going to the shore to flying down to Florida I am all over the place and loving it! What makes it even sweeter is the fact that since I got Gennyral over 5 years ago I have hardly gone away, and if I did it had to be for under 5 days because Gen couldn’t handle not seeing me. My horse would literally cut his face open if he did not see my mug for 6 days. It happened 2 times before I learned to just not go away. Clearly Gennyral needed me more than I needed to see my family.

Since moving to Hill Farm over 2 year ago things have slowly but surely begun to change. After only a few months there I went away for 4 days, but I still had the Young Rider check in on him. Eventually as the months went on I would go away for 5 days and cut the Young Rider’s visits to Gen down to every other day. This summer I had planned to be a total show queen. I had planned to be bringing Phoenix to a show every other weekend and some times more. This summer was supposed to be my summer of horses! When that fell apart (and I did too) I started to reevaluate things and decided that it was time to go away and have some fun.

Just the way things worked out I planned my vacations for 3 weeks in a row. They were 4 days, then 5 days and then 6 days. Just the thought of that a few years ago would have sent me in to a tizzy. This year not so much. The old Gennyral would hurt himself when I went away because he craved attention. My new Gennyral is spoiled and loved by everyone at the barn so he gets lots of attention…and cookies…when his Mommy is away.

Because it is so hot and my horse is a giant ball of fungus I needed someone to hose him off. One of the Barn Owner’s kids is home for the summer and said that he would do it. I told him to just hose Gen off and to keep an eye out for fungus. Well, my Gen was extra spoiled because the kid groomed Gen before he would hose him off and then would take him out to hand graze so he wouldn’t be put away dripping wet. I got texted a picture while I was away of my precious pony taking a nap while the son doted on him. It was adorable!

I feel so lucky that I can trust my barn to take complete care of my horse when I am gone. I know that not a lot of people can say that! How are all of you about going away with horses at home? I don’t think a lot of horse people go away because vacations tend to be pricey and most of our spare change goes in to horses. What is the longest you have been away and felt comfortable about?

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4 thoughts on “I am like a vacation queen these days…

  1. I’m glad that things with Gen are settled enough that you can go away and not worry! You need a break after the crazy spring you had…

    And this sentence: “I feel so lucky that I can trust my barn to take complete care of my horse when I am gone.” – I used to have that and now at my new place, I’m not so convinced. 😦

  2. We all need vacation time to get away.. that’s why I enjoy camping.

    I trust the barn where Grif lives as the next best thing to caring for him myself. Grif does o.k. without me.

    I- on the other hand – have a hard time being away from him. I can manage 3-4 days, but after that I start to get a little crazy in missing him. Most of my camping outings are close to home because of this and not usually more than 3-4 days.

    I’m hoping to take a 10 day vacation in the next couple of years to go camping in South Dakota with my mom (& a reluctant dad who doesn’t like camping)….so I’m not sure how that will go…. I’ll probably drive Tammy nuts calling her to at least make sure my boy is o.k. 🙂

  3. You are the best thing that’s ever happened to General… and Hill Farm is the best thing that’s happened to you BOTH! I’m so glad you feel free and confident to take vacations without the worry. Everyone needs time away from home and a chance to renew themselves.

    I’m also fortunate that I have such wonderful and close neighbors who care about Te and watch out for him when I’m away. Of course, I don’t go very far or for very long since I bought my own farm 4 years ago. Mostly, that’s because I’m not only horse-poor, but I’m farm-poor, too! But I honestly don’t want to be any place but here. If I did have to go some place for an extended period, Te can go to his Auntie Lisa’s down the road and hang out with his pal, Logan.

  4. With Janow on all his daily meds and needing excercise and being a pill to ride unless you ride him his way, going away one day makes me nervous. That said, I have had to ‘leave’ for months at a time for some major back surguries that I needed. That is not quite the same as vacation and there is no guilt because I didn’t choose it and I am not having a good time.

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