Ick. My mother's friend used to own horses, and thinks of herself rather highly on the topic. I was driving with her tonight, and she decided to share her 'educated' opinion on Belle (whom she kept calling Bella, but that's a minor detail).
She said that I should not get Belle. That Belle was much too old to be moved that far, and in such a change of environment. Her hair was not going to grow in thick enough for the winter (Oh, hell. I've been in the desert at night, in a camper no farther than fifteen feet from Belle's pen. It was cold as, if not colder, than our winters in the mountains.) because she was already accustomed to the desert. She said that we could find me a better horse locally.
I told her I had already found a better horse in Belle, and I was going to get her home. She still insisted that Belle was going to colic and probably die.
What are your opinions on this? Is there logic to her reasoning? Am I angry for no reason, or is this feeling justified? Am I just getting defensive? I have a feeling that I am, but I don't know.
But, good news came out of this. My aunt was angry to hear about this, and has offered to tow Belle home for me with her awesome heavy duty truck, since I lack a car. (Shes mostly doing this to spite the friend of my mother, because that's just the kind of... interesting person my aunt is, ;)) Her boyfriend is offering to come help me train Belle to the trailer, since he used to own horses of his own and has gone through the same issue.
That's my update for the day. :)
Step one: Mount horse. Step two: Stay mounted.