Originally Posted by enzoleya
Ah I see! That will be really nice for him then! I just moved my 24 year old paint mare closer to me, she went from a 12 acre pasture to a 4 acre, but I think she's ok with the smaller pen since she gets to see me every day, at least I like to think so. She nickers and comes running every time my car pulls up. He reminds me of her, only he has a lot more talent ;)
Even 4 acres sounds very nice. Jake is on about a 1.5-2 acre pasture. My father will give him some love almost everyday, and hopefully he'll find a boarder that wants a place for their retired horse too. That way Jake can get a buddy.
Sounds like she really likes you! Jake had a lot of athletic ability that I could barely figure out how to handle. If he had been put in good hands from the start he would have been amazing. The 10 years I've owned him, he has never done anything to show he has a mean bone in his body (towards people, kids, horses, dogs, donkeys...you name it he tolerated it) he was bomb-proof and extremely honest. Nothing scared him and he never questioned what was asked of him. He was just very hot when I got him, and I spent probably 5 years just making it worse, before I really figured out that I needed to turn things around. We fought more than we got along undersaddle, but somehow I still love him and he still greats me at the gate when I have a halter out.
Sometimes I think Jake was wasted, he could have done so much, but by the time I figured out how to work with him properly her body couldn't keep up with what we both wanted to do. A quiet-semi-retired life is never going to be in the books for him. So I had to fully retire him to keep him sound.