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post #1 of 10 Old 03-27-2013, 03:25 AM Thread Starter
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Farewell Brock

Well, I'm selling him. The lady who leases him wants to buy him now and I know he's in a fantastic home. I really couldn't refuse - it's very unlikely that I'll be able to keep him any time in the near future and great homes are hard to come by, especially with horses that don't easily develop good relationships with humans, like Brock. But he loves her, he loves her kids - he even loves her dogs!

I decided to put together a series of pictures remembering my time with Brock:

February 2011
First morning at the stables, his new home. Name of the previous occupant still on the door. Very curious about his new home - "Where are all the bossy mares who usually push me off my feed?" he thinks.




February 2011
First month with me. Despite his new haircut for summer, a thorough grooming and shiny hooves he's looking distinctly like an ugly duckling with that grass belly gone, no topline and a few ribs showing. I'm sure most people were sniggering behind their hands at this point...




June 2011
Amazing what a bit of work, good feed and a top up of rice bran and sunflower oil can do! Even in his winter coat he's looking more like a horse and less like a llama now. Of course, all this special care has given him a rather 'special' attitude and he thinks he's the best horse in the stable.




November 2011
He's been spelling for 3 months now, while I've been barely well enough to take care of myself, let alone take care of and work a horse twice a day. So he's been packed off to agistment where Alana's excellent care has continued his transformation from herd weirdo to Prince of Darkness.




January 2012
Heavy summer rains have turned the grass a lush green and Brock into an incredibly fat stud wannabe. Barely looks like the same horse he was a year before, and he is now worshipped by all the mares around, who wouldn't dare steal any of his food.




July 2012
Even handsome princes have their bad paparazzi moments when in their winter woollies. Looking like a hairy old draft horse here! And despite being on a 'diet' pasture he's chunky (to put it politely).




November 2012
But as summer arrives the silky nature of his coat is there to be appreciated. And he doesn't need to be tied up for grooming and saddling, that stuff is for lesser mortals who don't know how to behave in a dignified manner.

(Yes, he's about to sniff that poop.)

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post #2 of 10 Old 03-27-2013, 03:30 AM
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Awe, I'm sorry. ): But at least you know he's going to a good home, and it sounds like you're friendly with her? Maybe you'll be able to visit, or at least check in.
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post #3 of 10 Old 03-27-2013, 03:30 AM
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I'm glad for Brocky to have found a good home with lovely people to care for him! You've been such an important part of his life, and I'm sure he'll be keeping you in warm memories for the rest of it. Stay strong and think of all the happy days he'll experience in his new home! :) You'll be able to visit, right?

By the way, Brock is and will be my all time favorite horse from this forum! ;)

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Awe, I'm sorry. ): But at least you know he's going to a good home, and it sounds like you're friendly with her? Maybe you'll be able to visit, or at least check in.
I live about 1000km away but his new owner is happy for me to visit him whenever I want. I couldn't ask for more, and honestly I'm not sad - with all the ups and downs we've had together this is a wonderful outcome. There were times when I seriously considered having to put him down due to his behavioural issues but I managed to work through them and he's retained all his good manners. For me to be able to sell him in good conscience to a home where there are kids about is just about the best thing ever (apart from keeping him - but that's not possible and there's no point in me dwelling on that too much).

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I'm glad for Brocky to have found a good home with lovely people to care for him! You've been such an important part of his life, and I'm sure he'll be keeping you in warm memories for the rest of it. Stay strong and think of all the happy days he'll experience in his new home! :) You'll be able to visit, right?

By the way, Brock is and will be my all time favorite horse from this forum! ;)
Oh gosh, Saranda - that's such a nice compliment! There are so many wonderful horses on this forum (your Snickers being one of my absolute favourites). Brock is certainly a special horse and he has taught me so much. I feel like I became a better rider and a better horsewoman and that, while he wasn't the perfect first horse on paper (headstrong, cunning, young, studdish and with a bunch of training holes isn't exactly what I'd prescribe to any new owner!) but I wouldn't have had it any other way in the end.

Some of the lessons he taught me were quite painful but at the same time watching a horse that (through his lack of horse and human socialising skills) was an antisocial bully turn into a big (ok, fat!) affectionate lover-boy with oodles of mare-attracting charisma was just amazing. He will always have a special place in my heart - his intelligence, sense of humour and massive ego brought me many smiles. And it's wonderful to know that these qualities are equally appreciated in his new home.

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He is certainly one of a kind character, and it was inspiring to read about his (and your) transformations - from Evil Horse of Doom to a loveable family friend. That's amazing what you helped him to achieve! :) (And Snickers is sending his well-wishings to Brock, too! :) )

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After all your hard work, you have certainly changed Brock's life. Sounds like he will be getting a great home. It's good that you can get updates about him. I'm sure he taught you a lot, too!
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Such a handsome boy. You did a great job with him. I only know the bit we have shared via pm but I know this has been a hard decision for you. It sounds like you have found the perfect home for him and its great that you can still visit him when you can even though he is so far away.

Big hugs to you and as always i'm a pm away <3

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He is very handsome. You did a wonderful job with him. I'm happy of the outcome with you finding him just as much of a loving home as you provided him.

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it is so hard to let a great horse go you did great with him.. he is very handsome.

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post #10 of 10 Old 03-27-2013, 06:00 PM
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I am sorry you have to sell Brock but it looks like he is going to a good home

Good luck

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