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Horsey C/C Venting - unload the stuff you are hating about how this affects your horse life

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  • Horsey C/C Venting - unload the stuff you are hating about how this affects your horse life

    C/C = Coronavirus / Covid-19

    We know other things are more important, like human life, but still. We need to indulge in a little screaming, then we can go back to being good soldiers. (maybe)

    Here's your chance to unload, we're listening (sort of) - What has the Big Shutdown messed up about your horse life?

    - It was important to ____ but now that's canceled / closed.

    - Barn closed/restricted, now undergoing horse withdrawal symptoms worse than non-critical Covid-19.

    - Had a transaction underway and now it's messed up.

    - Not allowed to get farrier / vet / other provider out, that's not good for my horse(s) and that's messed up.

    - AAAAAaaaaaagh !!!!

    If heaven forbid you come down with Covid-19, feel free to share it here.

    If someone vents with humor - take it in the spirit of humor!

    No scolding of other posters please! Everyone needs to be selfish for a few minutes here & there.
  • Original Poster

    I had newbies persuaded and recruited to come to the thing. It's always on the same weekend, never ever canceled the date for anything, I mean anything -- natural disaster, death in the family, not for anything.

    It's canceled. Bah !!!


    • #3
      All lessons cancelled. Zero income for months. Yay.
      No matter where you go, there you are


      • Original Poster

        Originally posted by Beck View Post
        All lessons cancelled. Zero income for months. Yay.
        I wish I knew what to do about this problem. Even EHV-1 didn't threaten the industry the way this shutdown is doing.


        • #5
          My warmblood decided to blow an abscess at a very good time. All shows cancelled so no need to get a vet certificate. At least he's saving me some money for once.

          I'm still deciding whether I turn the babies out or not. I had some bigger inhand shows planned for them and they've been in prep for months. If I turn them out, guaranteed the big youngstock show in June/July will still go ahead. If I don't turn them out, it'll probably get cancelled.
          Not my circus, not my monkeys!


          • #6
            We are about to enter the "shelter in place" stage here in the Portland there goes my contact with my mare that I'm just figuring out over fences..finally. The only plus of C19 has been the absence of traffic. My commute has gotten much shorter to the barn!
            Proud member of the "Don't rush to kill wildlife" clique!


            • #7
              My horse and I were supposed to make our A rated show debut... who knows when that will happen now.

              At least my barn is still open (for the time being) and the BM is taking extra procautions to make sure common areas (cross ties, etc.) are being cleaned/sanitized before and after each use.


              • #8
                Currently my barn is open but we haven't been able to get all the sanitizing supplies due to people hording. Keeping six feet away from everyone is pretty easy. My city may require a shelter in place pretty soon and my horse is 45 min away. Luckily I have a friend who would ride him.

                The thing that sucks is I'm moving to Alabama and 1) don't have a place to live yet, 2) don't have a barn 100% lined up and 3) we may not be able to move due to the virus. I put my notice in on Monday. Life might get a little more interesting soon.


                • #9
                  Hi from New Zealand

                  I was due to come over April/May and take part in a cattle drive in Montana. It would have been my first time in the US.

                  As of 11.59pm tonight New Zealand is closing it’s borders to everyone but citizens and permentant residents.. and no gatherings of more than 100. So most shows are being cancelled. It’s coming into Autumn so end of the season for most things, not sure what will happen with hunting.

                  Most horses in NZ are kept in paddocks. And certainly all the people I ride with keep their horses in paddocks. At the moment we have no restrictions on meeting up and riding (we have good access to forest, beach and farm parks. As we know this can change very quick

                  So the only moan I have is I won’t be coming to the US. Not this year anyway.
                  Stay heathy and safe


                  • #10
                    Lessons are still continuing in South Africa. The yard feels safer than most other areas because it is never crowded and we're never on top of each other. All our shows and other horse-related gatherings are completely cancelled, which is difficult for those of us who want to get grading points.

                    My instructor is looking into organising travelling judges for the next few months. We have a graded show series that runs like that, where they travel to a yard, and a handful of people ride for them and can grading points (but no placings/rosettes). So that will be pretty cool.


                    • #11
                      Horse show judge here.....door closed on income for the foreseeable future. And thinking about my co-workers like gate and jump crew, announcers, braiders, grooms.....ugh
                      "You can't really debate with someone who has a prescient invisible friend"


                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Beck View Post
                        All lessons cancelled. Zero income for months. Yay.
                        I see you're in Ontario. The new federal package just announced covers self-employed people and can help you with income while you're unable to teach. I hope you're able to get some relief Stay safe!
                        I've spent most of my life riding horses. The rest I've just wasted.


                        • #13
                          My "horse life" really has not been affected at all. Horses are at home, so still need to be fed, mucked etc. Vet has come out (expected again in half an hour) with no complications. Feed was delivered on Monday. Smartpaks were delivered last night. Forced telework means more time to ride. Our Horse Trial (that I was scheduled to volunteer at) was cancelled, but that just opens up another day to ride.

                          It is the REST of my life that has been affected- Scottish dancing cancelled. Movies cancelled. St Patricks Day party cancelled.

                          chief feeder and mucker for Music, Belle and Tiara. Someone else is now feeding and mucking for Chief and Brain (both foxhunting now). Spy is gone. April 15, 1982 to Jan 10, 2019.


                          • #14
                            I had my whole show season planned out (as best as you can with horses anyway), hopefully leading up to a Training 3-Day in the fall for which I need qualifications. The spring season seems pretty much dead in the water and who knows when things will resume.

                            But one show season is pretty small potatoes and I'm very grateful to have my horses at home so I can still ride and care for them. In this time of anxiety it's so nice to interact with all the four-legged furballs who have no idea anything is different.

                            I'm worried about all of you whose income depends on people taking lessons, showing, being able to afford board, etc.
                            Building and Managing the Small Horse Farm:


                            • #15
                              I'm a 4H teenage son is helping put together short videos on how to train your dog for all my dog project kids and (maybe) for the rest of our area's counties. First video will be on how to correctly put a slip collar on. Hoping we can get together once summer is under way but in the meantime, it's great to have techno savvy kid at home. Of course the schools are closed, all meetings (4H and otherwise) cancelled, all sports cancelled etc etc. Silver lining is that I told him to keep a journal on everything he does for 4H and he can use it for his Senior Project next year!


                              • #16
                                Primary income stream of a long running free-lance contract suspended indefinitely. Not cancelled, so not eligible for unemployment though. (note to self, why exactly am I still working for this company??). At the same time as my health insurance premium got adjusted UP and up a lot, with back payments due back to the start of the year. Yay.
                                How is that all horse related? Well, there went the planned fence improvement that would have created a set of permanent rotation fields instead of having to move step-in posts regularly. And the dream of buying a lighter weight d-ring nylon harness to replace the heavy old leather harness, which would make harnessing a big draft so much easier.


                                • #17
                                  Mine are pretty minor. I am concerned about missing the window between footing is icy, muddy, crap and the heat which I depend on to get my heavey horse's cardio in shape. We're still at crumbling ice so I may be okay.

                                  The second is all the prep for competing with my younger horse in Endurance. I just bought a truck and I'm reluctant to go out and buy the hitch and ball. My work is essential and has unavoidable exposure to large numbers of people, which makes me want to limit contact wherever I can. Related to that is younger horse's dramatic streak which makes me less willing to ride due to the risk of injury requiring medical attention. Plus similar sorts of minor things that wouldn't be of any concern under normal circumstances.



                                  • #18
                                    I need one, just one, more point to finish my boys superior in Trail. Oh well, maybe we’ll be able to show eventually this summer. In the meantime, it’s a lot less money out the door!
                                    Not my monkeys, not my circus.


                                    • #19
                                      Well, we are moving off the farm in a couple of weeks.

                                      I moved my semi-retired horse last weekend to the barn my dressage horse lives at, as an interim step to him going out on pasture board at a trail barn this summer, so I could get him civilized again and legged up. The barn closed to boarders on Monday so both boys are now down there doing nothing and burning show barn boarding quantities of money that I'm not earning at the moment. I do know they are being well cared for, so that's one thing. And I fully support the decision to close.

                                      I have to have my very old horse euthanized before I move--he's 35. and getting a little disoriented, and he's obviously sore on his left front again, so it's time, but it's still a painful decision and means I have to get the vet out and the picker-upper coordinated.

                                      I have to time all this carefully with moving my mini to his (lovely) new home on the same day, which will be wretched.

                                      It's effing snowing here, and cold and depressing, and I'm packing boxes and sorting through stuff with no respite.

                                      My husband is high risk, so we have to be supremely careful, so we can't get anyone in to help us with the hard stuff of cleaning up a big property outside in the spring.

                                      Ugh. I really need the next three weeks to be over so at least we can hunker down in our new home. Which is lovely, but not my beloved farm.


                                      • #20
                                        I decided to try a new discipline and for the first time ever in my life bought a nice made horse. The mare is older, the only way I could afford such a nice horse. So many shows are canceling. I get it and I want to be safe and keep everyone else safe. But the plan was to keep the mare for a year and sell her to buy a younger horse to bring along. Now the opportunities to show keep getting canceled. I know, first world problems. I'm still riding, but am sad about the shows.