Hi folks. Thought I'd introduce another new topic. You may or may not recall, I live in the lush temperate rain forest of Western North Carolina. Wonderful green lushness, right? However, I"m getting older, and some of the weather details here are no longer as appealing to me as they were when I moved here at age 28. Now closing in on 70, having had a major fracture of femur 5 years ago, feeling much better now, but now feeling the cold, damp, dropping pressure in my bones, etc, and really disliking the winter weather, which is sort of cold, not like the great Northern areas, but still, cold and wet in winter. If it would snow and stay really cold, like 20-25, sunny, with high pressure, I'd be good with that. But it goes from dropping to around 0 F, up or down, to warmer. Lots of rain when it's above 30, sleet when it's near 30, leaving so much mud to slog through outside. I know some of you deal with similar stories. I'm not writing to complain, rather introduce my current strong desire to winter somewhere else, warmer, etc. I've spent a number of visits to Mexico over the past 25 years, and love it so much! So, I"m working on a plan to get a house sitter next winter, to spend at least 2-3 months in sunnier places. I've retired again, so am free to travel apart from my homestead, animals, etc, which of course is not a small thing. Of course, I could consider a few places in the US, but cost is another consideration. Sunny Southern California would be lovely, but also cost more than where I am now. OK, I also don't tolerate high heat and humidity, getting picky aren't I! The places that appeal most are the high plateaus of central Mexico, not so cold in winter, not too hot in summer. If I go next winter, perhaps I can travel about and try to settle on a place I'd love full time. Depending on the place, the cost is quite doable.
Which brings me to the topic listed, transporting horse to Mexico. I currently have one remaining horse, my mare Seneca, approaching 19 years old. I found her through this ABN, have had her for about 7 years now. It's been interesting, we've become comfortable together. I've learned she hates winter as much as I do. Also, here in this lushness, I've overfed her a bit, trying to keep her warm in winter, as she shivers easily, especially when wet at 40 or 50 degrees, hates being touched when wet on the wet parts. In past year, she has foundered twice, on the lush green grass that you guys in CA all envy. I thought, "Oh, you're a desert horse, that's part of this story." So, this winter, she's been on hay only with a very small amount of the balancer pellets. She's lost a lot of weight, and I've been diligent at blanketing her or putting her in barn, depending on the weather. So, what if I do find a place to move to in Mexico? I'd like to take her with me. Finding a home for her here has issues, winter, special needs horse, etc.....Then I have to think of the move. My farrier said best to hire someone to transport her. I think transporting her here years ago gave her ulcers, which took a long time to determine. Am treating her with aloe juice in her food, which has helped. My most recent vet seems to understand my desire to use natural medicine as much as possible. He was the first vet to mention ulcers, as a likely reason for her being "difficult" at times. I plan to have him out again soon, and if she is still positive with the tests based on acupressure he showed me (but I don't know well enough to do myself), I'm probably going to go to one of the more expensive medicines he offered. No, I don't ride her, but haven't given up hope! She has been for 3 months of professional training, ridden by one person only. That person, a newish trainer, declined to have her back, due to her attitude, I think. She's a quick study, seems to know stuff already, or after a time or two. One well respected trainer around here said she just needs more miles on her. I've been recovering from the broken leg at the same time, thus we've become friends on the ground. She has taught me so much! Have a person locally who says he'll ride her for me, we'll see if that happens. He seems to get it, the things I say about her.
I'm interested in feedback from you folks, about any of this. Lots of folks around keep asking how long I"m going to keep the horse, as if it's easy to just let her go. I know you all understand how I feel. If I can keep her, at her age and mine, I'd prefer that. I would like to hear if any of you have special places in Mexico that you love. I'm drawn to revisit a town called Valle de Bravo, a small colonial resort town (mostly for Mexicans from the city) about 2 hours from Mexico City, near the forests where the Monarch butterflies winter. It makes news when it freezes there, as it's bad for the Monarchs. And I know a couple of folks there. The mountains and forests there remind me of this area, only warmer. While I love the coast in many ways, I think it would be too hot and humid in summer for year round, maybe not all places....and, suppose this all goes along well, and I want to transport my mare, do you have suggestions about that kind of distance, who you'd trust, who goes into Mexico, etc. Do you think I'm crazy? My daughter who lives in Mexico City, but is moving back this summer, is all into it. My son here in NC, always cautious, is being so, worries about this and that. My son in SF has said it's great I'm adventurous, when I was climbing into my hay loft with a recently broken leg. Yes, I speak Spanish fairly well, and I'm not into being in a large expat community for several reasons. All feedback appreciated. Thanks!