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    12-07-2011, 11:39 AM
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Trained
Gave away our pony yesterday, sad, good day...

Rosie was a bad trade. She came to us doped up, riddled with lice, and was injured THE DAY she was brought to us which resulted in the loss of eyesight in one of her eyes. I patched her up with loads of TLC and she is the most gentle well behaved ponies I've ever been around, but as her sight degenerated in her right eye she became too unpredictable for our daughter to ride around on alone and was no longer suitable for the trails. We are still heartbroken!
So, with as many horses and animals we have, our rule here on the farm is "one comes, one has to go". In order to get my daughter a new trail horse we had to find Rosie a new home. I thought it was going to be impossible, how do you rehome a 15+, 1/2 blind, COPD pony? So I listed her on Craigslist yesterday, fully disclosing all of her issues, and was adamant that she was only suitable for a leadline pony or to be ridden in a round pen. After 10 mins. Of being listed, I had over 20 emails! The first lady I called demanded to know my address and was on her way to pick her up sight unseen and that she was taken! The others were Grannies looking for Christmas presents, I didn't feel right about that. I told the first lady I would let her have first dibs, but needed to think about it. Then I got the MOTHER of all emails!
A woman three hours away was looking for a pony to retire with her depressed pony. They have a beautiful ranch, are experienced with 1/2 blind COPD horses and would love to give her a good home with a new buddy! Her pony couldn't be turned out with other horses (like Rosie) because they picked on him so he was alone, sad, in his own pasture with his own barn and looked almost IDENTICAL to Rosie! I told her she was already spoken for, but after getting off the phone I HAD to do the right thing and called her back to tell her Rosie was hers. She was almost crying she was so happy. The other lady was not too happy, but I said she deserved a better pony for her kids, and what was she going to do with her once she got tired of leading them around? She came to her senses and let her go. So around 9pm last night Monica showed up with her family to pick Rosie up, she brought tons of pictures to prove they were going to give her a GREAT new life, and I couldn't be happier. My daughter is pretty upset with us but understands that Rosie was needed at her new home and now we could get her a taller healthy trail horse that could keep up with us.
It was a sad, good day.

Now the search is on! Anyone know of a GREAT kids trail horse around Arkansas!?!
Our daughter and Rosie... We'll be visiting her soon!
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    12-07-2011, 12:32 PM
  #2
Weanling
It's great that you found a home that sounds like it will be just what Rosie needs :) And that you can visit her! Good luck in your search!
     
    12-07-2011, 12:56 PM
  #3
Trained
Thanks! I'm so happy and sad at the same time. We were fine with the COPD, once we got it diagnosed, but she was injured when or right before they delivered her and I just couldn't trust her out and about, great at home, but she'd spook and turn to get an eye on a bird or the wind... Just feel so relieved, she's going to be retrained and spoiled by this family and their three teenage daughters! Already miss the onery old girl, but looking forward to hitting the trails with my girl and hopefully a great new horse!
     
    12-07-2011, 12:58 PM
  #4
Showing
Aww, sorry you had to say goodbye but it sounds like she found the perfect home! Good luck finding a new partner for your daughter.
     
    12-07-2011, 01:02 PM
  #5
Weanling
It would definitely be a relief even though its a sad situation, and I'm sure you're daughter being sad doesn't make it easier on you! But you have your intentions in the right place for your daughter and Rosie! Love the pic btw, they sure are cute together.
     
    12-07-2011, 01:13 PM
  #6
Trained
Here she is a week ago, much fatter and much healthier than it the first photo! No more wormy belly, she was getting to be a little tank! She is actually trotting, feed was the only way to get her to go! Thanks guys!

     
    12-07-2011, 01:16 PM
  #7
Weanling
Awe, she looks great! My guy has a wormy belly..I am having such frustrations with it!
     
    12-07-2011, 05:54 PM
  #8
Foal
I am sorry she didnt work out but it sounds like she is going to have a great life much better suited to her! I just went through something similar last week. I got a beautiful big horse this summer from a great therapy program. I made several mistakes I have learned from. First, we are new to owning horses. We have a yearling we had gotten a month prior. Got her because she was just super gentle and easy. Thought she would be perfect for me to get back into riding and teach my kids on. Saw "therapy horse" and made some bad assumptions. So nope. She was great and safe to be around. But was very hard to ride. Nothing dangerous. That would require movement! Lol.

I planned to just muddle through. Maybe send her to training to see if it helped. Training for both of us. She was happy leading kids. She knew what to do when being ridden. But it was a battle most times. She was fine until I tried to take her out to ride jn the pasture. I came accross an ad on craigslist looking for a horse for their son. A gentle therapy horse specifically wanted. One to lead their horse loving parylized son and his disabled friends on. Called them and what they wanted she was perfect for. They also showed pictures of where she was going. Gave me their vet number. It sounded perfect.

But what sold me was she has never been affectionate. She tolerates anything but doesnt seek anyone out without food involved! When they came their son hesitantly wheeled over to where I was holding her. Nervous around a big horse he wouldnt be able to get away from quickly. (smart boy) And she dropped her huge massive head into his chest and stayed like that for a long time. I feel she chose him. Never saw her be so friendly with anyone.

I asked for a week for all of us to say goodbye. I uad not planned to get rid of her and my boys were blind sided and I couldnt just let her go right then. They came a week later and we all cried. But I have no doubt she will have a better life and be happier. She already is exactly what they want and might never have been what we wanted.

Sorry to hijack this! I just told ya the story to relate because we just did almost the same thing. Its hard but both our girls went to homes they can be much happier at. And we made their new families happy to find these gems. Right? Cause now I am sad again thinking of her gone. Lol.
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    12-07-2011, 06:14 PM
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Trained
You didn't hijack! Loved your story! And don't feel bad about making a "mistake", just think, if you hadn't found her, then that boy probably would never have gotten her. We took Rosie from some shady traders (long story) got her back into good health, taught my daughter to ride, and now she's making a very lonely pony very happy! It's sad that she didn't work out, but the alternative for her would have been the sale barn if we hadn't taken her. Loved your story, writing this helped me put it all back into perspective!
Craigslist is crazy, it can be an AMAZING tool, or a nightmare. Rosie found a good home in 10 mins!!!! We had been talking to our daughter about finding her a new home, but she went to school happy, and came home to find out Rosie was leaving THAT DAY! We let her stay up late to wait for the family to come get her, she did good, and Monica brought all the pictures to show her "Twister" Rosie's new BFF and home. It went really well, still waiting for her to get home, may be another story, but found a great 13h. Kids QH/pony to look at on Sunday... We'll see!!
     
    12-07-2011, 06:38 PM
  #10
Foal
What you said about if we hadnt gotten these girls they might not have found thse new and more perfect homes is exactly how I look at it. Star did teach us all a lot while she was here too. She gave us all more confidence in handling horses. Her presence helped calm our yearling when teaching him new things. If we did some ground work with her while he watched he instantly thought all was less scary so he became easier. Her giving us that confidance made us much better training him and I think he will be a great riding horse. I really am happy to have found her such a good home. And to now be able to shop with a much more educated eye for a new horse. Probably 2. Not going to look for one that fits the whole family. A large pony the boys can learn on and a horse that my husband and I can have fun on. Our yearling Bolt will be my riding horse with a lot of training so more specifically one my husband is happy on.

Good luck shopping, I hope the perfect pony comes along! And did you list Rosie in Oklahoma? I saw an ad here that sounded so similar to her but it was a couple days ago. It was for a free half blind pony though! I thought about calling but decided against it because I get leary of free! Lol. Even though we gave Star away for free..hmm double standard. Lol.
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