Always An Orchard Hill Girl
|A piece of my heart will always live on the Hill.|
However, Life Is Change.
Instead of the 10 acre farm I wanted, we bought a 2 acre plot in a neighborhood where I can't have horses in the backyard. And as absolutely perfect as it is in every other way, being a 35-40 minute drive from the Hill began to wear on me as the months went by. I found myself dreading the drive out to the barn, and skipping it on days when I knew I couldn't ride. Because what was the point of spending over an hour in the car if I was only going to be there for a few minutes to scratch Dino on the neck and give him a treat? There have been no more "quick" visits to the barn over the past year, I'm not there as much as I want to be and yet away from home even more, and I'm feeling the strain.
Even so, I wasn't actively looking for anywhere to move Dino. I didn't put out feelers on the local Facebook groups, I didn't ask friends or coworkers, and I didn't look for ads for boarding barns. Dino loves it at Orchard Hill, and who was I to seek to move him from a place where he was so happy? I could tough it out.
|Teammates for life|
A few weeks later, I found out what I was waiting for. One of the barns that my veterinary practice cares for had a field board opening at their incredible facility. It was the same price that I was paying at Orchard Hill, plus they had a beautiful indoor, an outdoor, space to ride outside, and the farm was an easy hack to the huge state park nearby. And it was 7 minutes from my house.
|Always arranged from Tall to Small|
As excited as I am to start this new adventure with Dino and have access to such an amazing facility so close to home, it's a bittersweet move. I love Orchard Hill and the people and horses there more than anything. I love the animals like they are my own, and the girls there have become family. While moving is absolutely the right decision for us at this time, I'm going to miss them all fiercely.
I might be moving, but I will always, always be an Orchard Hill Girl.