So, I moved Sky and Red from my SIL's property 15 miles from my house, where they spent a lot of time cooped up in a stall, with absolutely no pasture for grazing. They were moved to a really nice stable with nice, friendly people only 6 miles from my house. They are currently out on pasture 24/7, and I've been loving it there.
Two days ago I got a phone call from a guy that owns property only 1/4 mile down the road. Another lady has been keeping her horses there, along with the guys goats for years. A friend of mine, who knew this lady, heard that she was trying to sell her house and so would be moving her horses as soon as she did. My friend also tracked down the owner of the land for me and gave him a call. Having not talked to him myself, all I knew was that he had my name and number for when things changed. I didn't put a whole lot of hope in that, who knew how long it would take for the lady to sell her house and what might change in that time. That was about 2 months ago, right when I first moved my horses to the new stable.
So like I said, I got the call from the guy yesterday and met with him today at his land to check it out. I am so stoked that my horses will be so close and that I'll get to see them everyday. I'm also excited that they will still be on pasture. The whole situation is pretty ideal.
The most exciting part is that I've been on the verge of needing to sell one of my horses for a while. Sky has been my trusty trail horse for the past year, but she definitely does not crave affection from people. Her little colt is pretty useless to me, but I've grown so attached to him, I couldn't imagine parting with him and sending him into the unknown. The board for both of them would have been far outside of what I could afford, once Red turned 6 months. By moving them to this new pasture, I can afford to keep both of them, as the guy only wants $75 total, no matter how many horses I have. He is not in the boarding business, and this is just his own private property, that doesn't serve much purpose besides keeping his goats.
The only thing I'm worried about is Sky has never been around goats and she's always been really protective of Red with other horses. I'm hoping they are small enough that she just won't care, but I know Red will have a blast with them. I'm also not looking forward to telling the stable I'm leaving.