I left off my tale when we got in and collapsed into bed Monday VERY early in the morning. Like 2:30 am I believe. I got up much earlier than I would have liked to check on Triska the next morning. It was about 7:30 or 8. She, of course, was having a cow. Sigh. (Not literally, I promise). I went back inside to get dressed so I could help calm her down. She’d started pacing and had worked herself into a slight sweat despite the chill air.
I came back out and my Landlord drove up to make sure we had everything we needed. He commented on how nervous she was and I said, yeah, I’m going to see if I can get her calmed down. He went on his way and I caught Triska. I started by tying her so she’d stand and brushing her down. That helped her calm, then I took her for a walk around the place, just working with her on some ground work and helping her feel like I hadn’t abandoned her. I don’t have any other horses on the property right now, though that will probably change shortly though. No, I’m not getting another horse, but I have friends with horses. She calmed down a little though she still paced when I left her, though not as frantically, and she was eating and drinking. It didn’t take very long for her to chill out though and by the time the sun was fully up she was taking a sunbath.
I gave her the afternoon to settle in and Mike and my Irish Sailor worked on projects while I took a nap. The next morning she was still doing quite well and obviously I checked on her several times during the day, Monday. Tuesday she also didn’t have much to do except settle in. Wednesday I took her for her first walk over at my landlords place. There were a lot of cows and geese and noise and new stuf and a crazy Border Collie running around, but overall she handled it very well. She only got upset a few times and calmed down very quickly. She seems to trust me, so I’m happy about that.
And she’s still settling in very nicely. I took her on another walk Friday and she did very well. She’s interested in stuff and very willing to look and listen and not be a spaz, which is good. LOL. Today it’s snowing and she’s tucked into her blanket. She isn’t too happy with the barn yet. It creaks in the wind. She’ll go in it, but she’s not super comfortable with it yet. I feed her in there, so she’s getting a lot better about it, and I keep a radio on at night to help the weird noises, except my radio is apparently frozen right now. Sigh. I was hoping to ride for the first time Monday, but I suspect the weather won’t cooperate. I can’t complain too much though. We need the moisture.