Update: I am not going to haul out for the lesson but my vet got back to me and assured me that I would be fine hauling out for a lesson as long as I am careful and not going to barns that are under quarantine. BUT anyway I have already told Sally I wasn’t coming but I am glad he let me know this.
I am not a worrywart really. But I didn’t even realize New Bolton had a horse diagnosed with EHV-1/EHM let alone that horse was euthanized and now the facility is under quarantine. My barn owner texted me yesterday telling me all this and saying she would like me to talk to my vet about hauling out to lessons not only for Remus’s sake but for the other horses at the barn. I get it, I understand it, but I also don’t want to freak out and panic. Right? I know this is serious but did it have to happen THIS week? And I feel so sad for anyone whose horse was already at New Bolton for something else and now is stuck in this quarantine too.
If I cancel my lesson on Saturday, I will have to pay for the lesson no matter. Sally flies up for the lessons and her policy is once you have set a lesson with her, if you can’t come, it is up to you to fill it or you owe her the money. I respect that totally.
But I wanted to go to you all to find what you would do? My current thoughts yesterday were to go ahead and do the lesson this weekend. Haul in, unload, ride, then load Remus into the trailer and take him home. We are not allowed to go through the barn at Kealani so Remus is not going to be up against any horses or in a stall or anything like that. I know it is airborne etc. I have read up on it and know how contagious this shit is so I was prepared to be safe.
As of right now I am really the only one at my barn actively hauling out (saying that I haven’t hauled for a few weeks due to being sick). So I feel like the barn is looking at me as one, since everyone else that boards there pretty much closes up shop with the winter (they pull shoes and pretty much hop on bareback when they can if that). The rest of the boarders are retired so it is not a hot bed of activity in the winter at all.
So I am the only one who actually seems to have lessons right now or is hauling anywhere. And that shows with the three pointed texts I got last night before 10 pm from boarders at my barn. NO one wants me to go. I emailed Sally to ask her too and she said whatever I decide (she would ride) but wait to hear from my vet and she understands if I cancel. I don’t want to get anyone else’s horse sick and don’t want Remus getting sick. But I just don’t enjoy being bullied a bit about my decisions by other people. It took me a while to fall asleep last night I was so upset. I like these people a lot but I feel like they are definitely painting me the bad guy. They seem to THINK I will go no matter what. And that makes me irked too. They also seem to think I can’t make the decision on my own (which makes me feel stupid, maybe I am, since I am asking all you).
I did email my vet to ask his opinion and suggestions. So I hope he gets back to me soon but until then, what would you do? Some of you are local too so I am looking forward to everyone’s thoughts!!
I am now thinking I won’t go just to keep peace at the barn. I hope they figure this out and that doesn’t become widespread. It would suck for horses to get sick AND also to not be able to go anywhere now that the weather is finally turning nicer. I know if I dont go I can still go ride but UGH riding by myself in the ring is BORING. Anyway that is my whiny post of the week. Thanks for reading, I just needed to vent a tiny bit. At least it is FRIDAY NOW!
Happy Friday all! Go forth and be horsey if you can (and are allowed to haul anywhere)! And be safe!