Remember when I said two new members of the family were coming to live with us?
Make that four…
Yes, we now have three horses and a GOAT living in our front yard.
But, let me tell you a little secret: If that GOAT keeps getting out of the fence and eating my garden (He literally ate half of my green bean plants and NOW I HAVE NO BEANS), he will be evicted back to David’s uncle’s house. I won’t even give him thirty days notice.
Now, remember, two of those horses are David’s uncle’s. Dixie, the one in the back on the left and Thunder, the big white and brown horse. But the other one on the right?
Well, her name is Bay and she’s all ours.
Isn’t she gorgeous?!
David grew up with horses and has wanted one forever. When the fence was being built, he really started talking about it and dreaming of having one of his own out there. The thing is, horses are so expensive. We had talked about adopting one from a rescue group with my mom (Because, as she puts it, she just wants to own SOME part of a horse), but hadn’t made any real plans for it. Just another one of those dreams we had swirling around, you know?
So then, about a month ago, we were swimming at David’s uncle’s pool with his cousin and her husband. The two of them are actually building a house on part of her dad’s property, so in a year or so (However long it takes), they’ll be our new neighbors! We were all chatting about having our kids growing up together and the neighborhood, when David mentioned going and talking to a neighbor who, apparently, said he’d sell his horse for $100 to David’s uncle. (You got all that?) We assumed he was drunk because REALLY? A hundred dollars for a horse?
David’s cousin was listening and said, “Why? You want a horse?”
“Um, yeah. I really do,” David said.
“Good! You can have mine!”
Seriously, if there was a record player in David’s head, it would’ve gone SCREEEEEEEEEEEEEEECH.
After talking to her a bit, David’s cousin told us that the horse her husband bought her a few months ago just wasn’t the horse for her. She’s “too spirited” and tried to bite his cousin when she was putting a saddle on her. She was an older horse, probably in her mid 20s, but she was a good horse that had come from a home with three kids. Apparently, she used to pace the fence waiting for the kids to get off the school bus.
So we thought about it, drove to his cousin’s to visit her and a week later, she was being dropped off in our front yard!
Her previous owners named her Baby, but we all just call her Bay.
She is a wonderful horse and is extra snuggly, believe it or not! She loves to nuzzle her head up on my shoulder and will be your very best friend if you have a treat for her. She also rides really well and David takes her out about every other day for an hour or so of riding. She’s good to the kids and can be lulled into a total zen state if you brush her and give her a bath.
She also drinks out of the water hose and it is the cutest damn thing ever.
I never thought I would own a horse, but I have always loved them. When I was eleven, I went to horseback riding camp and got really, really obsessed with horses for the entire summer. I read every horse-related book I could find and started to write my own book about a girl in love with horses. It was my new “thing”.
Of course, it wavered after the seventh grade started, but STILL. My heart goes all pitter-patter when I see them through the living room window.
If Dixie and Thunder, along with that GOAT, General, go back to David’s uncle’s house in the winter, Bay will stay here with us. I, honestly, think the children would disown us if we gave her away. They are in looooove.
So… YEAH. We have a HORSE. And now I’m researching riding boots for me and the kids and thinking about writing a little note to Santa to bring us some. I mean, really. We are going to be that family with a line-up of our boots in the entryway, a bridle hanging in the carport and horse treats filling our hall closet.
You know I can’t wait.