Blogging Breather: Aiken South Carolina USA

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  February 11, 2022 travel posts 🕑 3 minutes read

Aiken South Carolina USA

 

Kelli and I have been house sitting in Aiken, South Carolina over the prior 2 weeks.

 

We leave for Norcross, Georgia in a few hours before heading to Dacula, Georgia for a 2 week house sit.

 

I just wanted to keep you guys in the loop on our travels.

 

Aiken has been fun. The Polo Capital of the USA is horse country. But Aiken also was once a winter retreat for the rich and famous, from icons like Fred Astaire to Paul Newman.

 

We cared for 4 horses, 3 dogs and 3 cats. All in all, this has been an easy sit. I also overcame my fear of horses on this sit. 1000 plus pounds of horse flesh bucking around tends to trigger fears in the mind. But spending time with Ace, Leila, Beemer and Zoe calmed my nerves. Shoveling their manure, feeding the horses and even taking Leila out for a walk with the bridle felt amazing to me.

 

Who knew a former security guard turned island hopper would have played stable boy for a few weeks?

 

The featured image is me spending a few moments with Beemer. The homeowner adopted each of the horses. She named the location Second Chance Farm because all animals on the premises are rescues. I loved the vibe here. Both the pets on the property and surrounding countryside felt refreshing, uplifting and rejuvenating. Here I am with Ace.

 

Aiken, South Carolina

 

Caring for senior dogs and detached cats – save cuddly Minxie – offered a nice change up to the more intensive but equally easy horse care. Even though Kelli and I spent a good 30 minutes or longer on horse care at 8:30 AM and 4:30 PM we found the routine to be simple to follow once we got it down. Kelli prepared the food while I scooped up the manure. I usually let the horses into the stables for feeding, carefully opening the gate to goad the horses in from the paddock. Kelli had the day’s meals all lined up.

 

Gradually, we nudged the horses toward their feeding bins although most did not need our coercion. One of the horses had free range throughout the stalls and corral because she did not eat grass; spiking her blood sugar could be fatal. She dropped the majority of the manure; I can thank her for my 2 a day workouts. One other horse suffered from hoof issues. He grazed the large paddock by day but needed to be in a small paddock at night. The remaining two horses had no health issues. Each enjoyed the largest paddock day and night, minus feeding time in the stalls.

 

Say YES to Life

 

Say YES to life guys. Follow your freedom. Listen to your intuition. Live your dreams. I know how scary life seems sometimes. Don’t get it twisted; just because I appear to be living my dreams does not mean I am immune to fear, struggles and a nice big old dash of failure, from time to time. I want to remind you that I am human, prone to have a tough time sometimes and simply intend to help you along as I learn more about myself, my mind, blogging and the world.

 

Anyway, I need to get some sleep. I have been up blogging since 4 AM. After a nap and caring for the horses we will be off to Norcross.

 

Have a great day wherever you are in the world.

  1. Chocolaterunsjudy says:
    at 8:39 am

    Minus the horses, that’s been my life for the past 30 years, LOL! Bandit was a senior rescue and he was SO much work at first. But there’s been a steady stream of cats and dogs, and caretaking for them. Which is part of why I don’t think we’ll ever live a life quite like yours — but it does sound like a great way to see the world!

  2. Marie Leslie says:
    at 9:20 pm

    Great timing on this. Aiken has made our short list and we’ll be making a visit there later this spring to evaluate it as a possible next home. Glad you enjoyed your time there.

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 10:26 am

      What a beautiful place Marie. Cute town center, great restaurants and if you love horses, they are everywhere. Heaven for horse lovers.

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