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chunky monkey

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I need October to just do one.

When it suddenly turned cold last week and with the darker nights upon us, my mental health took a big dive.

Next week is d-day. We loose our grazing. Trying to plan for the future and how we move forward is just getting to me.
Weve got a load of cows going to slaughter next week and then the following week the lambs are going.

This morning they came to scan my mums legs but couldn't get a reading so she now has to be referred to hospital for the scan. So yet more hospital visits and juggling my work to take her.

Im sick of being in constant pain with my leg and hip.

Read something last night in an email which then peeved me off and sparked a disturbed sleep night. Every time i woke up it was in my head winding me up.

Moan over.
 
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Jessey

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Loosing your grazing must be a huge stress, do you think you’ve managed to get your numbers down enough to manage? It’s such a shame that you’ve had to butcher some.

Have you seen a doctor about your leg/hip? Or an osteo/chiro? You’ve got to take care of yourself to take care of everyone else x
 

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Well last week i added to my pain. Another cow who didnt want to leave and protested at the abbatoir by giving me a barrel in my leg. Yes trying to compete with my mother. Its still bruised but i dont think surgery is required. Phew
So quite a few cows went last week direct to abbatoirs. It was a very sad day. They didnt deserve that. Removed the remaining cows from the hill yesterday. So they are now in on my fields grazing. Feeling very sad about the end of near 20 years work. But where one door closes another may open.
Had the farrier today and asked him to watch Billy trot up. He has confirmed that he is most definitely lame. He actually thinks worse now than last time. So agrees i should not ride him. He also agrees that there maybe slight lameness in front but it could be just over compensating. He said he looks happy and well in himself and doesnt look as though hes in pain. I think he is in discomfort walking down the banks, which to be honest is it fair on him as most of my fields are on hillside.

So now i have two horses and nothing to ride. Guess thats life. Yet to decide on Billys future. Im thinking keep him for now as company. Maybe look for another horse, but im not sure if i even want another horse. Dont think i can manage 3 on the grazing. So maybe I'll just find a riding school and have some lesson for my riding fix. Then i have no ties. I can just go ride, go home. Cant see me driving chunky now either so im not sure whether to sell my harnesses and carriages or to keep them in case i get another. If i do get another horse i want to be able to drive it. If i sell my stuff it will probably cost twice as much to replace it. Decisions, decisions.
 
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It’s so hard, I battled with my head and my heart for a couple of years, through a share and plenty of rides on friends horses before I added number 4. I didn’t get rid of much thank goodness, as like you say, it would cost so much more to replace it all.
I’m so sorry about the cows, that must have been really tough 😢
 

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I can just go ride, go home.
That is what I do. But, big buts. If it is a RS one has to ride with someone else. Insurance requires it. And I had had enough of falls caused by incompetent escorts new to the routes and sometimes put on horses ditto.
Better to find a share if you can?
 

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@chunky monkey I'm so sorry to read this, what a dreadful time you've been having. All I'll say is don't rush into doing anything you can't undo, and that if you find a good RS they can be not only educational but fun 🤗 🤗
 

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As already said, don't rush into anything. It's difficult I know. It always sounds ideal, instead of owning then have lessons regularly on a yard to get a fix. But in reality once you've owned and specially living rurally like you do, I think you might just miss keeping them at home - and the whole lifestyle of being outdoors so much with them and all that goes with it. I know only too well though what it's like not having something to ride. For years and years I had two un-rideable horses and sometimes I don't mind admitting, I'd get upset and frustrated. I loved doing the chores and being with them but sometimes it wasn't enough and I ended up feeling guilty about that too. Now we have Zi but of course he's OH's ride not mine, and there are other factors atm in our life that have prevented us looking for another for me to ride. But all that will come (I think!). Sorry, no help, just thinking as I type here. I sometimes go round in circles, like saying once the girls pass over rainbow bridge I won't buy another and just keep Zi and then I get to thinking I won't do that because he'd need company and then I'm back to square one - having either a companion or ridden. Argh. I'll just be quiet now!
 

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I know exactly what your saying @Trewsers its exactly what im going through now. So many mixed emotions. So feel free to post.
Part of me doesnt even want another, but im missing riding aleady, guilty that someone else is riding my horse, not me, but i dont want 3 horses, so lessons would at least cover me, but then i know i will struggle having lessons and i know i will end up in tears when i cant get something. You get the idea. Its the way i am. Ive already struggled with the few ive had. I count myself lucky, that my first horse has been an angel and got me out of having lessons.
When i got billy he was my replacement for chunky so he could be semi retired. I wanted something a step up from chunky and i certainly have had that but have not enjoyed the quirks that come with him. I had intended to take him for regular lessons. Then my trailer broke and by the time i got the new one he was lame and then mum decided dhe didnt want to tow. So my progress and growing my riding skill with him hasnt happened.
If i get another i want to be able to ride and drive it, funride and i want to take it out for lessons and grow with it. Once they change the towing laws i should at least be able to do this. So i have a plan in my head but its making it happen.
 
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