Well… after all your input on whether I should let Gwen work at the Kids Camp this summer, I have to say that I am very nervous now.
So, if the Board comes back and says they’d like her for their program, I am going to talk to them frankly about all of your concerns and then see where the discussion goes.
To be honest, I don’t have time to go out to see their place before we move – bad timing – so I’m guessing this thing will not happen.
My biggest issue is that I don’t know how to insure that she would remain my horse, even with a lease agreement, because I cannot control anything once she leaves here. I would never forgive myself if I lost touch with her and could not get her back.
The sad part is that I really thought she’d have a good time doing this. But, I think a Camp closer to where I live (so I can check up on her) or a therapeutic riding school near me would be a better alternative. I’d still love for her to have some fun and some challenges – and new, tiny humans loving on her… but I’m guessing a better opportunity may come up later.
DODGER AND NORMA
After the loss of their companion of 21 years (Slick), I wanted to give you an update on Dodger and Norma.
Dodger seems to be better and stronger without Slick.
I cannot figure this out… he seems more alert, more confident and happier. My only guess is that previously, Dodger was so focused on keeping his supreme KING position, he was constantly on alert and on the job. Without Slick always nipping at his heels, he has relaxed into his position as herd leader of Norma. She will never try to be King so Dodger is safe.
Yup. Dodger seems actually, more settled.
Norma was very lost for several days. Slick was her favorite. But, it isn’t as if she quit eating or lost any weight… she just seemed lost and sad. She still seems a bit lost and sad. I’ve been trying to give her extra attention.
Norma has been worming her way onto the good side of Annie. She has decided that Annie gets the most food – and the best food – so it would be good to be friends with Annie.
So, although Norma is sad, she is busy. Food is still her universe.
AS FOR ME…
I’m exhausted. For any of you who have moved your horse property while setting up a new one, you know what I mean… I can’t mess up the Grass Valley house because it has to be ready to show for potential renters… yet I need to pack/Goodwill/throw out/make piles and take loads down to Paso Robles. And, I have to set up the new house for the horses, and then figure out the timing on fences/shelters to move the horses… blah blah blah. Such a bunch of muchness to take care of daily. My list is long each morning… and then I don’t sleep at night because I cannot shut off the biglist in my brain.
I’m sure you’ve all been where I am right now. In 60 days, this will all be over and settled and happy. I need to remind myself to enjoy this time!