April of 2017 was mostly a month of getting to know my new pony better. We introduced him to the family, and the kids adored him. He’s very ground safe, easy going, and level headed. Part of the reason I got him was his personality. I wanted to be able to bring my young kids around him and introduce THEM to horses for the first time without worrying too much about him getting goofy or something, and them accidentally getting hurt. He was very good for this. I was able to teach my kids how to safely be around and handle horses with no issues from him. He’s all around great on the ground! He clips, loads, bathes, etc all wonderfully. I can stick my fingers in his ears, his nose and pick his feet without any complaints from him. His ONLY issue with handling seems to be looking in his mouth. He just won’t let you. (He will accept a bit fine however, and no issues putting on or taking off his bridle) Of course I had the vet come out right after I purchased him to float his teeth, get him current on his shots, deworming and Coggins test. He had to be sedated for his floating of course, and he did have some sharper edges on his teeth, but nothing crazy that seemed to cause him any pain. But who knows what had happened to his mouth in the past? He was pretty much due for everything when I got him, though he wasn’t neglected. His feet were due for a trim, but they were not overly due. He actually has wonderful feet! I was expecting to put at least front shoes on him, but the farrier suggested I don’t. So he’s been barefoot and great ever since. I don’t know if he has ever been shod before, but even in this extreme Florida weather his feet haven’t had any real issues. I will absolutely shoe him if the need ever arises, but it just hasn’t yet. (I keep asking the farrier, and he keeps telling me “Quit trying to find something wrong with his feet!” LOL) I ride mostly in a sand arena, don’t jump him high and often so his feet have held up well. I ride aprox 4-5 times a week, mostly flat work and one jumping lesson with my trainer every week. We typically school anywhere from cross rails to 2’6″ during our lessons so his jumping isn’t too demanding on him so far.
My husband isn’t much of a horse guy, but he very much respects my love of horses and riding. Happy wife, happy life, right?! 😉 He likes Newton, just doesn’t desire to ever ride, or to come out to the barn much. The kids on the other hand LOVE it, and want to come whenever they can. My son adores helping with barn chores, and my daughter has made a few little barn friends of her own in the younger girls that either take lessons there or have their own horse or pony at my barn.
Being a mother of 2 kids, wife, and business owner, time is always a constraint. I now have my own equine kid that needs attention too! I also do book keeping for 2 other businesses. Luckily, my schedule is pretty flexible because I own my own business. So I work in my riding and barn time around my schedule, my husbands schedule, my kids school and extracurricular activities, etc. My barn has a lighted outdoor arena, so that really helps when I cannot get out during daylight hours! Sometimes that’s where I spend my Saturday nights, and there is no place I’d rather be. I’ve made so many new friendships out of owning my own horse, so very much enjoy even just spending time with my fellow “barn peeps” as I call them. It really is a form of therapy for me, and helps me deal with a pretty busy and otherwise crazy life. My kids and husband are heavily involved in Lacrosse here, and my husband coaches, as well as is president of the local club here. So his schedule is pretty crazy too, being that we also run a small animal veterinary hospital. I have to work around all that to get out to the barn, but we’ve made it work! I’ve never been happier, and finally have something that’s all my own that I’m passionate about. You mom’s out there know what I’m talking about! We always put ourselves last, especially when our kids are very young and require almost all of our attention. Now that I have 2 kids in school full time, that opens up my schedule for more flexibility and “me” time. At this point in time, I had already fallen in love with Newton, and continue to love him more everyday!