|hope you're not tired of this view yet|
|i was strangely enamored of these lovely (if a bit beat up) wooden saddle racks and bridle hooks. they look like they'd take up way too much space to be practical... but i still like 'em!|
|so pretty!!! but see the spikes lining the tops of the barn walls? no birdies allowed to perch here!|
|so many chubby ponies!!! also i was surprised to find myself looking at this cross rail division and feeling like Charlie's probably just about ready for something like this!! exciting!|
|srsly tho. the grounds were so lovely, with all sorts of pretty little areas inside and out|
|temporary stalls set up in what appeared to be a small schooling ring|
|in my mind, this is the quintessentially Maryland country view|
|more spikes!! and stalls of various ages, as apparently renovations are underwritten by private philanthropy|
Luckily a vet happened to be around for annual check-ups and vax appointments and gave Charlie a quick physical and nutritional assessment. Her thoughts? "Yea I can see why you think he's skinny." lol...
|ahh, there's our familiar hero!|
Naturally, since I'm a bit like a wildly swinging pendulum and once I see that something is a problem I want to DO ALL THE THINGS to address that problem.... Naturally I also want to start adding all other kinds of supplements to his diet like oils or other fats or weight or muscle builders and what have you (not adding ulcer treatments here bc we already did that).
|current state. leaves a bit to be desired.|
Ah horses. They're never really great at satisfying that need for instant gratification, huh. lol.... Oh well. At least we're moving in the right direction.
This whole 'advocating for my horse' thing is kinda new for me since I've never owned before. It surprises me too. As someone who has been staff in many barns for many years, I always just... ya know... did the thing the owner asked me to do. So now I'm in this new position of authority, and have to remind myself that it's ok to say, 'Actually yea, I'm asking you to do this thing bc I want it done, not bc I want your opinion on it.'
Have you had to have similar conversations with the folks responsible for your horse's day to day care? How has that worked out for you?