Tuesday, October 13, 2009

A huge few days

Where to start?!

Sunday started off ok and then we had a major cold snap. I reckon it dropped 15 degrees in 10min! Sam was rugged so I wasn't too worried. I went to see him in the afternoon and to have a ride. While I was grooming him I noticed that he was having a little trouble passing manure. I took him for a walk to see if that would help - nope. He didn't seem uncomfortable so I thought I would see how he would go under saddle. We had a good ride. Nothing extraordinary, Sam wanted to keep going back to the paddock but he didn't fight that hard. When we had finished I took him back, untacked him and he still had passed any manure. I had a look in his paddock and he had only passed manure 3 times in 10hrs - not good. The only thing I could think of was that he hadn't drunk enough water due to the cold snap. I made up large bucket of luke warm water and boy did he drink. Thank goodness. I went back to the paddock 2 hrs later and he had already passed manure 3 times in those two hours. I felt very relieved!!!!!!

Monday morning I started my new job. I landed a part time job as a patholgy typist and this week I have to work full time. So Monday I was a bit nervous and I rang the real estate agent to put an offer on a block of land we have been looking at. Driving to work and my phone rings, it is the real estate agent letting me know that our offer had been accepted!!!!!

Let me just recap the first 2 hours of Monday morning, Sam is ok, I started a new job, I bought a block of land!!!!!

So once the contract goes through we will be proud owners of 26 acres. It is flat with nothing on it. Boundary fence on two sides so planning, planting of trees, deciding on the plans for the house, sheds, stables, tack room, feed shed OMG sooooo many exciting things!!!!! I can't wait for the nightmare to begin. So I guess we won't move there for about another 18 months and it is a bit too far away to put Sam on there now so we have a good chance to do pasture improvements. I will keep you all up to date with ideas and of course I will be asking you all for your input!!!!


Anonymous said...

Boy, that is a lot of news in just one day! Congratulations on the job, and the land - I envy you that but my husband and I are too far along in years now to undertake that sort of venture, although I think it's the best way to keep your horses healthy and well-cared for.

If Sam doesn't like cold water, is there any way to have his water heated? We use tank heaters here in the winter - of course that means you have to have electricity in the paddock.

SprinklerBandit said...

Very exciting day! I'm glad it went well for you. Will you be able to stay in this area long? You mentioned that your husband has to move around a lot.

jill said...

How exciting! Good luck with all the plans. Just a bit of advice, take it slow and go look at as many houses/horse barns/stables/boarding places you can so that you have a really good idea of what you want and what will work for you on your own land and how you want to keep Sam.

Marissa said...

Wow -- congratulations! That is going to be a lot of work but so much fun! I have always wanted a piece of flat land to start from scratch and build a barn. You're smart to take your time and get it done right. Yay!