Well, They're Gone
Two of the horses we thought would be with us all their lives left in a two horse trailer this afternoon, heading back to Alvin with their new owner. This will be a new chapter in their lives and, hopefully, it will be the beginning of happy times and new adventures for them. The man who bought them has a lot of kids, including two teenage boys. Yeoldfurt and I hope each of the boys will strike up a bond with one of these two horses. If that happens, the lives of those boys and these horses will be mutually enriched.
The trailer they left in was a fancy rig but has seen better days. The floor was good and solid though and the latches are secure. We don't haul that often and ours is an open aluminum stock trailer. This is a two horse straight load and I wasn't sure if the horses would be balky. But they loaded right up when asked, they made me proud. Maybe it was the fresh hay I put in the mangers for them, but I like to think it was their quality upbringing.
We sent them off with a 50-pound bag of feed so that if the new owner has a different type of feed, he can introduce it gradually. We gave him their bridles and bits too. They are good leather headstalls, double-stitched and well-oiled, and they are already adjusted to fit these horses. We have a surplus of tack anyway and want the transition for Lucy and Lyric to be as smooth as possible. Hopefully, a few little familiar things from home will facilitate that.
The two horses that remain will have 8-1/2 acres to themselves. We expect them to be anxious and calling for their missing herdmates for a few days. It's always unsettling to a horse when members of the herd come or go. But by next weekend, they will have settled into the notion that they are the herd now ...just the two of them. The good rains we've had these past six or eight weeks have caused the grass that was so stressed by last summer's heat and lack of moisture to try and come back. With only two horses on it now instead of four, it will recover more quickly. If the rain patterns continue through the spring and we have at least minimal rain this summer, maybe hay prices will come back down too. With only two horses on the feed/vet/hay/farrier bill now, maybe our finances might have a chance to recover too. One can hope.
I took one last picture as they pulled out of the driveway. I wish them and their new owners all the best. Sometimes we have to let go of things we love in order to do right by them.