So I told you I got Remus and he is home safe and sound. He is by himself right now due to we have met Tate, we love Tate, but I haven’t had time to go get Tate yet! Remus seems to be okay on his own in his paddock. However Saturday night when I went out to put him in (I am kind of doing a 6 am-10 shift in the am for him then letting him out in early evening until almost dark since I don’t want him out overnight on his own) he was running and sweating. I though it might be the horse flies since he had big welt on his neck (the horse flies here are not numerous but they are mean) but then I heard all the pop pop in the distance Yep fireworks. Sigh. He was UP like 17 hands up. LOL. I put him in his stall and gave him some hay (he is not a fan of the Bermuda hay so popular here in TN he will nibble on it but ehh, he says not my orchard and timothy he says) and he spun a bit but seemed to settle down.
I also have some compressed alfalfa with timothy and compressed plain timothy which I have been feeding in a bucket. He does like that for sure. I don’t think he will starve. He is on Omolene 100 only because it was available and is 10 percent protein. He literally gets a handful with his supplements to mix in so I think this is all good. Sunday morning he was bright eyed and bushy tailed and banging on his stall for his grain when he saw me. After feeding him, I put his purple fly sheet (it is a bit thick I need a better cooler one but it is not hot today yet) and his mask and turned him out for a while.
On with the story!
First off, Shawn texted me around 2 and told me the driver would be there soon then she texted me these photos of Remus in the big rig all by himself. He was on his way! Shawn said he had about 12 flakes of hay in front of him so she thought he would be fine! 🙂
I left around midday Thursday to head toward Kentucky. I took both Gretchen and Ollie with me so Mark didn’t have to stress about them since he had a doc appt on Friday etc. They love to ride so no problem there. Off we went.
I decided rather than going old boring I40 I would go the Kentucky Parkway. Good choice. Gorgeous ride a bit hilly but pretty views. But BORING. OMG SO BORING. Let’s just say it was a long ride. Let’s also bring up the maps part of this journey. Have you ever driven with someone who tells you directions but gets them wrong like half of the time? Yeah. That was Maps on my iPhone for some reason on Thur and Friday. I kid you not. Thursday was not so bad but I noticed a few bobbles along the way where she had the wrong exit number but the correct direction. So I finally made Lexington by about 7 or so that night…..not sure why it took me so long considering it should not have.
The next day coming back after getting Remus the map not only was saying the wrong exit # but it kept taking me off road on these back roads that took me miles out of my way. I finally got back to Hwy 51 and sharply turned maps off. Go away woman your voice bothers me anyway! 🙂
But as Thursday night approached I drove into Lexington with my head spinning on my neck trying to see all the sights (I was like BuBo the owl!) Keeneland, Kentucky Horse Park, Man o’ War Boulevard and all the gorgeous farms!! OH MY I have to go back and explore! !It was very neat to see all that history.
But I ended up staying at the worst La Quinta in the world on Thursday night after getting into Lexington. Like the worst. UGH. The room was clean but the hotel was just old and decrepit and I am really shocked a La Quinta would be this bad shape. The door to my room was actually splintered from it looks like someone breaking it open. Shudder. I was up at 5 am watching my phone waiting for the driver to call me to let me know Remus was in KY. My hotel was three minutes from where he would be delivered.
The driver called me at 630 am and said Remus was tucked in the stall for some rest and he would be there whenever I wanted to go pick him up. (I had decided Remus needed a potty break and a chill time in the layover before I loaded him so I headed to the layover place around 8ish to grab him). I pulled up to the barn and was like shit how will I find my horse? It was a big barn.
But lo and behold as I walked in the aisleway looky who I found in the first stall?
He actually nickered when he saw me. Oh you big buckskin goof ball! HA. I paid the layover place and I loaded the big guy up and off we went!!
The funny thing is everywhere we stopped for gas or for a potty break for dogs, I would open up the trailer to give him a break and I would go walk the dogs or go inside for a drink and I would come out and there would be two or three people standing outside the trailer oohing and ahhing over Remus. He had a fan club everywhere we stopped.
We continued on back home on the longest ride ever especially with the side trips that my iPhone kept sending me on. Rolling eyes. But we made it, and the dogs were happy to be home and I keep thinking Remus must have wondered what the hell were doing. I am sure the air ride big rig was more comfy on his bones than mine on the rattling TN roads. Poor guy. I could barely walk by the time I got out of the truck Friday night. Like my hip was fused in place. OLD OLD OLD. 🙂 I do want to go back to Lexington sometime. I would love to explore it more with Mark and not drag a trailer along with us.
It was an exhausting drive for sure. I think I have done like 2000 miles considering the drive from DE to TN and then this one (in the last month) not including the driving around here. Whew. Hope everyone had more relaxing weeks/weekends than me!
In other news Smartpaks were delivered on Thursday afternoon while I was driving to KY. Mark stayed at his apartment Thursday but came back on Friday and found the Smartpak box torn open on the driveway and luckily only one well devoured. I am about ready to kill a raccoon or two. Stay tuned. Luckily once we put the stuff in the barn its in a room with a lock and no access but those things are PISSING ME OFF…….