I have two completely unrelated questions.
First: I have an opportunity to go on a two week long vacation close to Angers, France this July. Apparently the town we are going to be staying in is a big equestrian community, but I don't have all the details because I'm not the one actually booking the house. Anyway, can anyone recommend a place to ride anywhere around Angers, Paris, or even on the coast? I don't mind driving a bit... I just want a great ride! It will probably only be me, no beginners, but if there is a place that offers both beginner and advanced rides, that's cool too (though I doubt anyone else I'm with will actually want to ride).
Second: I bought a long yearling in October. He's a Quarter Horse, registered as Signed With Moxie (by PS Sign the Card out of So Very Moxie, a Mr Moxie Man mare). I ADORE his personality, and he's a cute mover, but he's super small for his age/family. Two weeks ago I sticked him at 14.2 at the withers and a shade over 14.3 at his butt, but he string tests to 16-16.2 hands. Most of his siblings were his size as yearlings, but he'll be two in a month. I didn't really know much about his history when I got him, but I have since talked to his breeder, who said he cooked for over a year (which I guess is not terribly uncommon), and was super small when he was born. Has anyone had experience with, well, I guess either a small baby or a small yearling? Or maybe a QH who didn't mature as quickly? He's grown 2 inches since October (what a difference good feed makes!), but I'm just worried that because he was so small, he's gonna turn out to be much smaller than expected. Basically, I will love him no matter what, but I'm just stressing over nothing!
(Mods, I didn't know what else to tag this!)( And two pictures, because I'm a proud mama!Collapse )