I called in a snow day at work. School was cancelled today. Husband's job was closed, I called the office and only two people had shown up by 9:00am. I said forget it, so I stayed home.
Meet Diego. This is him, with my friend when she first bought him 2 years ago.
Played with the kids, then went to the barn to visit Diego. The big guy has already settled in nicely. I took him out, clipped him onto the crossties and began grooming him. Wow! A horse that crossties! I forgot what that was like! What a sweet gentleman. Picks up each foot like a champ. Has no grooming issues, even let me curry his belly. I fit my bridle to him and put on a lunge line, and out into the snow we went. I didn't want him to just sit after coming to a new place and none of the horses were turned out today.
He was really good on the lunge. Even in strange surroundings with the plows banging along the road he was looking around but no explosion. He trotted and walked quite well. I wish he knew voice commands as well as Monty but that will come. He only whinnied once or twice and when none of the other horses answered him he gave it up.
Two directions and 15 minutes later and we were back in the barn. I took the lunging gear off and gave him a little more grooming and back in his stall he went. All said, it was a very comfortable first day. I noticed he really enjoyed Monty's old Himalayan salt lick. He must have been working on that thing like a beaver last night! It was a large sized one, Monty never really liked any kind of salt lick. This guy had gone through half of it in one night! I'm getting him a new one tomorrow.
The other thing that was cute was last night, The whole family went to check on him at about 7:00pm, just before the snow started. The boyz wanted to meet the new horse. We opened the barn door, and Diego was nowhere to be seen, I walked up to the stall and there he was, curled up in the shavings snoozing! At first my husband and I looked at each other like - Oh no! He's not sick, is he?? Then, as he stood up, shook himself and came to the door we both chuckled. Diego came from a farm where he had a nice, big paddock and a run-in shed but not bedding like this. He was just enjoying being warm, dry and cozy.