Moving yards.. well where do I start.
The stress, oh so much stress. Have you rented a box, do they have the day free, will the horse blooming load. Which in my case is a heck no. Din the trouble maker likes to make moving day somewhat of a more stressful situation. But that tale is for another blog in itself. If you lucky enough to have your own transport do I envy you. I am at the age where I either need to do a trailer test or an HGV test. Which I am currently unsure about, my horse has claustrophobia. So I am working on his travel skills to see if I can make him less stressed and able to go in a trailer. So as you can tell my moving day is a bundle of fun. To make this a less stressful situation I find using prokalm by science supplements very very helpful. Prokalm can work within 30 min to settle your horse more can be used with either 2 scoops or 4 scoops. I give this to din two hours before travel so he can settle down and be more content. Prokalm can last up to 8 hours once given to your horse so this also helps when arriving at the new yard as they are more relaxed to take in all the new surroundings. You can also use calming cookies. I haven’t tried these but I hear fantastic results with them. I will be trying these out once I get a chance to buy some, so I will fill you in on my findings one I have trialed these.
So that is the box spoken about. But first the packing of said horse wardrobe. This is normally quite an extensive wardrobe. You know because you need four of the same rug for one horse just in case he needs all them changes in one day. We do love our horses dearly. My horse has gone through 6 rug size changes in the mere four years I have owned him. He never stops growing. I did cut down my vast collection this year but I could still keep 5 horses warm in my collection. Tack well we all need them different saddles and bridles one for each occasion. Day, Night, Shows maybe wet or sunny. HA, that’s the excuse we give our respective partners. They nod along. So horses wardrobe packed away into the millions of boxes. Anyone else by this point thinks maybe a removal company would be a better option. No just me ok. How many of you are now thinking oooo shes on to a winner? Winner winner chicken dinner!! Now our own wardrobe that’s spread across the yard into our trucks or cars, the house and any other place we see fit to hide the wonderful clothes. which also costs more than most peoples houses and yet we still smell awful and are muddy and covered in hay and straw around 99% of the time. We pack a few from the house and truck and stable yard to put in the proper place at the yard. Because we all have big intentions of keeping a ship-shape yard with everything neatly in place. This, however, goes out the window in around Mmmmm three months at a push. Well if your me I am super organized and ship-shape. I hate mess, mud, not knowing where anything I own is. But I have those friends who I love dearly but I didn’t realize when I wanted to find the matchy-matchy I would have to skip out the tack room. Pure joy.
So moving day is upon us. We haven’t slept from the stress, is every packed, is my horse going to move his hiney on to the transport without any fuss. In my case, we all know the answer. NOPEDY NOPE NOPE NOPE. Ughhhh din. So with your wonderful self-loading horse, all goes well, as any horse is better than mine trust me. My old boy merlin who was self-loading but a demon child to do anything else with is making me wish I had him right now. I try and stick to a daily schedule to keep him from getting too wound up. Din is 6 years old any anything is a challenge to him. So if I can keep it fairly normal we have fewer issues. Before we have moved I take all my stuff over and make it homely before he arrives. Mostly so when he goes into his stable he has all his usual smells. Just so he can relax more having the usual him smell rather than something completely foreign to him. When traveling din I tend to let him have the whole of the backbox. 3.5 is generally what I use when renting as more space. I do also not tie him up. Yes, scary I know, but din is a worrier and if he can move or get comfortable he freaks out and can turn himself inside out. I would much rather he sorts himself out and be happier than force him into an uncomfortable situation which then makes him really never want to travel. Yes, din does spin around in the box at first, changing directions to stand-in. But once he figures out which side he likes more he settles and well sweats. This is ok trust your horse to do the right thing. They are not as stupid as we think. Din is a devil and can really test my patience but I trust him to sort himself out. He is still 6 after all and he’s a slow developer, so it takes him a little longer to figure things out. So once arrived at the new yard pop them into the stable or field. Whichever you would rather and your horse would rather. So many people say you must keep them in the stable for the first day and night. But as I have sole use yards and I can turn out straight away I do tend to. But I know sometimes this is not an option. Firstly I do go to the stable and take off boots ect.. as I would normally when untacking etc. This is when they smell everything they know so they can work out this is home. Then turn out individually. So they can play, spook, wonder or generally do as they do. I find turning out a better way for my din as he can see the new exploring ground better and take it all in. For him, this is the better option but not everybody like this option. Do what is best for your horse and your horse alone.
So that’s moving day done go get that bottle of wine. I know ill need it. Ta ta for now Emmas country words