Sig's Excellent European Adventure

Ratface

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Trouper had the good sense to suggest I start a new thread now that my gelding, Sibelius MB (Sig), and I are here in the UK. For the uninitiated, please check out my first thread, below:

https://forums.horseandhound.co.uk/...-lakenheath-from-the-us-with-my-horse.799686/

Sig arrived Monday after his trip from Kentucky. Thus far he has settled very well and is handling the transition like a true professional! He has been a true gentleman around the yard and the staff all appreciate his excellent ground manners and quiet nature. He's getting a little more turnout each day as we're slowly working him back to his normal 24/7 grass routine. Since he was off grass for the better part of a week due to delays in the journey, I don't want to take any chances.

I did hop on him for the first time in nearly two months on Wednesday, and he was an absolute gem as usual! ❤ He was looking so settled (and bored...) that I decided to give it a shot. When I returned carrying all his tack, he actually whinnied to me. 🤣🥰 The boy loves his work, and loves the attention even more. Right now we're just walking around due to his feet needing done and him being off work for so long. I'll build him back up slowly. But he's happy to be back to it and feels good.

My first thought as soon as I swung up: WORTH IT! Even though his trip cost more than originally budgeted, I'd do it again in a heartbeat. I have my familiar, fun, sweet partner with me and I am so excited to make new memories here!

Get you a seven year old who hasn't been ridden in two months who walks around on the buckle in a new place without any prep beforehand. ❤❤😊

Had a spa day...no longer looks feral:
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First ride in the UK!
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Already wants to be the baby's fun American cousin:
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Whoa, Thoroughbred! 😉
You've got a star there, haven't you? Lovely looking horse.
But you already knew that.
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Phew, SibeliusMB: I've just read the full thread from beginning to end. I'm exhausted. I just wanted to congratulate you on surviving the trauma/drama/exhastion/relief/joy.
I'm so happy that you and SibeliusMB are back out together and have the opportunity to enjoy an English springtime.
 

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Phew, SibeliusMB: I've just read the full thread from beginning to end. I'm exhausted. I just wanted to congratulate you on surviving the trauma/drama/exhastion/relief/joy.
I'm so happy that you and SibeliusMB are back out together and have the opportunity to enjoy an English springtime.
I wish I could go back to that original post and add a warning to it, LOL. You're a trooper for reading all that and sorry for the rollercoaster. Thank you all for the supportive messages! It's such a boost to come here and see all the well wishes. Thank you all! :)
 

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A little Sig update: *touch wood* things have been going well for both of us! His weight is looking so much better, he's putting muscle and topline on nicely. We had our first jump school in about six months - he was very keen, but that's to be expected. We're going to stick to grid schools for the next few weeks to build up strength and get him back in his relaxed jumping rhythm before we bother with courses. Hoping to go on a beach ride soon, and compete a little this summer. Hacking has been brilliant, and we're lucky to have made some great friends at the yard.

I'm off to Badminton next week for a long holiday. Some photos of Mr. Shine :cool:

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I grew up in East Anglia in the 1970's and 1980's, near Bury St Edmunds, and remember an American air base then (would it have been Lakenheath?) I was in awe of the cars they imported over!
 

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I grew up in East Anglia in the 1970's and 1980's, near Bury St Edmunds, and remember an American air base then (would it have been Lakenheath?) I was in awe of the cars they imported over!
Yep that would be us at Lakenheath. I swear I have seen more American muscle cars over here around Lakenheath and Mildenhall than I have in any area I've lived in the US! Ever! o_O I don't know what it is - I feel like every time I turn around someone is driving a Mustang (or occasionally a Camaro or a Charger). I don't know if they're buying them over here with the on-base car dealership (who probably is killing them on interest rates...) or the young enlisted run out and buy them knowing they're about to get that overseas pay, but damn....they're like locusts. And obnoxious to listen to. :p

I sold by Chevy 2500HD diesel truck (3500lbs, 19-feet long, 7 feet tall) before I came over, partly because I thought it would be hugely impractical (it would be), and partly to fund Sig's trip. I don't regret selling it at all, but I do miss it...someone on/around base brought their Dodge 3500 dually pickup truck (even bigger than mine, dual-axel), and I honestly don't know where the heck they manage with that monster! I admit to staring at it though and being jealous, lol. I'm waiting to see if I'll be sticking around the UK or Europe in my next assignment - if so, I'll be tempted to sell my trailer back home and buy a 7.5t lorry. I'd just hate to part with that trailer though until I know I'll be another 2-3 years before I get back to the US.
 

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A lovely read (if you skip the bad bits we know about!). So glad you are enjoying the English countryside when it looks at its best - as does Sig. He looks amazing.
 

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Thanks for the update on Sig and the lovely photos, he's looking on super form. I hope you have a great summer together.

Just a thought, but are there any Riding Clubs close to the yard where you keep Sig? Certainly the RC's I've been in have had varied programmes of training and low key competitions, so you can pick and choose, and have plenty of outings if you want. 🐴😊
 
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