September 30th saw me moving Gemma again. Things aren't always as they seem. I made the decision a week and a half before I moved her. I'm very glad that I did and also thankfully found a barn that I really liked. It's also ten miles closer and has much better movement options for her.
Gemma is much happier at her new (new) barn. Her stall has a run that is fifteen feet long and twelve feet wide. There is no door between the stall and the run so she can go in and out as she pleases. This also allows socialization with her buddies when they are brought in at night. The only way I know she is in her stall much is by the shavings in her mane and tail from laying down at night. She seems to spend a good amount of time in her run. The best part for her caretaker is that Gemma also chooses to do her bathroom business outside in the run. I was told a week or so ago that she has not had to clean my mare's stall the entire time she's been at the farm. That's pretty cool.
Gemma has also gained three buddies by moving to this barn. They all get along ok. My girl doesn't cause any problems. She prefers to just be left alone to browse in the large turn out. The care is top notch. I have no worries about her being fed and watered. She's picked the weight back up she lost at the previous barn and then some. She looks great.
Given she now can live more like a horse I'm not surprised that she is happier. I am also happier knowing that she isn't locked up. Even when she's brought in at night, she still has some room to move. I think we finally found a barn to call home for the foreseeable future.
|Heart of Phoenix posted this on their Facebook page after I sent it to them last month.|