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!