I had my last ride of Sam today. Not the last ever but probably the last for a month or so. It was great to ride Sam back out where we first started out. The riding area is lovely big paddock about 3 ares and it has lots of toys - see-saw, logs to jump, tractor tyre to stand up on.
They have since filled up the tyre to the top with cement. There are new toys, huge witches hats, a drop fence, two tyres standing upright they can walk between.
This is Jayne - the owner of the property and her horse Ted. This is the first time he had a go at the see-saw.
Sam loved playing with the witches hats. He chewed on them, threw them around. He was a little unsure of the drop but he did stand up there quietly. We had a play on the ground first and then I jumped on. He was lovely and forward at the trot and we had a good trot around the whole area. He also had a good stretch down in the trot and accepted a light contact well. His canter was still very slow but he had his ears forward and we pretended to race in the derby. Poor Sam lucky they never asked him to race. :o)
We then went for a walk out around the paddocks came back hosed him off and let him have a pick of hay while I soaked his hooves and waited for him to dry.
His hooves are doing well out there. I just need his shoes to stay on for another 3 weeks. i think Sam is really enjoying his time back with his old mates and in a large paddock. He has only been back a week and I think he has already put on some weight. I was worried that he would loose weight as he is not getting an extra rug at night and he is only getting a hard feed morning and night. He is in a 15 acre paddock so doesn't need the hay. The grass really has no nutrient value as we are in the middle of the dry time and the whole of Townsville is brown, dry and dusty. I really am lucky because he is such a good doer for a thoroughbred. Sam is currently getting half the amount of hard feed that Jayne's thoroughbreds get. They aren't in work either.
I will get to see Sam for the rest of this week. Friday the 28th we head off on our big move. I am so excited. I have booked Sam on the truck and organised his agistment in Wagga. We just have to find a house for us to rent - hopefully on acreage so I can have him at our back door. We will also look at property to buy.
Have I told you recently how much I love my pony!!!!!!!!! :o)
I think Jayne sometimes wishes that she hadn't sold him. He is the quiet one compared to her two. You can leave him for months, drag his sorry butt out of the paddock, saddle him up and off you go if you needed too!!!!!