morning the hauler arrived right on time. Mr. Henry hopped right in (good boy!). The hauler followed me as I had a map to the property on my phone...
Turns out that the map on the trainer’s facebook page is only a map to the small town that he lives near. Once we got to the town we had almost no cell reception. I spent a lot of time driving to the tops of hills trying to call the trainer. I got him on the phone once or twice but couldn’t hear him at all.
In a moment where I did have reception my husband called me. My dog Toby was having a seizure. He didn’t think that Toby was going to make it. I was pretty upset but tried to keep it together. I was over an hour and a half away from home at this point and still had to deliver Henry. I allowed myself a two minute cry and then carried on with the business at hand.
Toby and I last winter (his feet were cold, he was frozen Toby...aka Froby)
I ended up getting a girl from Coach D’s barn on the phone. She dropped a pin for us at the exact location of the farm. I owe her a gigantic bottle of wine.
The only issue was that at some point the range road names had all been changed to streets. Both numbers...totally unrelated to eachother. Google only gave directions with the range roads. So that left us lost again. The hauler was able to call the coordinates from the dropped pin into Onstar and then I followed him.
A one hour haul took over two hours. Poor Henry!
He was a very good boy in the trailer. When he hopped off he seemed to settle right in (because there was a haynet waiting for him). The other horses on the property look healthy and happy. The photos shared below are from my visit with Henry on Wednesday. He had a pen to himself for the first few days so he could settle in.
Henry you have a little something on your face...
I have talked to the trainer on the phone quite a bit and he seemed even nicer in person. He seems super calm and patient – which is just what Henry needs! He’s a cowboy but specializes in starting warmbloods. There is a local breeder (who breeds very fancy WBs) who uses him quite a bit and I saw some of her horses there. The only worry in the back of my mind is how icy it is at the trainer’s property. It’s icy everywhere right now (including Henry’s previous barn) so I’m trying to not let it bother me. One of my favourite horses at the dressage barn I worked at slipped and fractured his pelvis last winter. He was only two years old and was the most sensible young horse ever. Sadly he had to be put down.
Maybe I was just feeling super emotional that day (uhhh yes) but seeing Henry prancing and eating in his new temporary home made me fall in love with him all over again. He looked so grown up and fancy. I couldn’t believe that he was my horse. I felt really lucky and grateful. If he wasn't already my horse I would have wanted to buy him!
I wish I could have stayed longer to help him settle in. Unfortunately I decided that I needed to get back home and see what was going on with Toby. My husband said that he seemed to be feeling better, just a bit groggy.
When I came home Toby had a ton of energy and seemed like himself. I called a few of the emergency vets and they had no appointments available and the wait would be 4+ hours.
I chatted with my vet tech friend who told me just to take him into his regular vet during the week, unless he had another episode. Both of my dogs have been a little funny about the new bag of food I got (same brand as usual). Usually they scarf all their food down very quickly; but ever since I opened the new bag they’ve both been a bit tentative. I decided to throw it out and buy a new bag/brand all together. My gut tells me that something was off with it. Hopefully that was the problem, the bloodwork all came back normal.
Hope you are ok buddy! <3
I have a few updates from Henry's trainer to share tomorrow! And have a post in the works on my new show wardrobe (which is 95% complete!).