In which there is cuteness and happiness and a horse for a friend
A recap for newcomers: Jacqui is the lovely lady who was in medical distress and needed to find a new home for a Certain Standardbred Mare of Our Acquaintance. The short version of the the story ends like this: in late December 2006, Fiddle was gifted to me.
The medical professionals pretty much figured that Jacqui's days were numbered, and that the number was a small one--measured in weeks or months, rather than years. Thus far, she has proved them wrong, and she's still here almost ten years later.
A few months ago, Jacqui let me know that she was looking for a horse, and asked if I know where she could find one that would be a good match for her and for her granddaughter?
|Already, she loves him|
Yes. Yes, I do.
|Dory has known Kaleaf since he was a few days old|
Kaleaf was gifted to Dory a few years ago when his owner was in medical distress. She could have sold him--and probably gotten a good price for him, too.
|Kaleaf and me in a lesson|
He has plenty of skills: he rides and drives, he's good with kids, he's a little lazy under saddle but also disinclined to spook.
Dory ground-driving Kaleaf when they were both a little younger
He isn't an endurance horse, but (I always have to remind myself of this) most riders aren't endurance riders.
Dory says that he's "too good a horse to sell on Craigslist." She wanted to find Kaleaf a wonderful home, preferably a home with a little girl who would adore him.
Of course, the lion's share of caring for and riding the new horse will fall to Jacqui, so we needed to make sure they were a good match.
It's hard for me to imagine trying to pick up the pieces of a lifetime horse habit after 10 years away from it, especially after letting medical professionals bombard my thinking parts with toxins.
I have faith that Jacqui will do just fine.
|He is the snuggliest horse!|
Jacqui emailed me after she got home: "OMG! What stuff will he need? A blanket? What kind? Where will I buy hay? Is there a book I should read?"
Do you remember that panicky feeling? No, neither do I--because I had a mentor right beside me, ready to help. Jacqui will be boarding Kaleaf at a facility on Vancouver Island, so she will have some guidance, but I think we can do more.
|Kaleaf will live at Fish Creek Farm until May, so Jacqui can get ready|
(and so I can keep riding him a few more months!)
I think it's the blogosphere's turn to pay forward all the help we've received over the years:
Please put your BEST ADVICE in the comments. If you can recommend a good book, that would be good. If you have a list of basic list of supplies without which you couldn't keep horses, list 'em. Any snake-oil remedies you want to warn against? Put that in there.