I was doing a science experiment in the kitchen one day in early fall 2007 when a red pickup truck pulled into the driveway. A man got out and came to the door. My mom, who was helping me with the experiment, answered the door. They chatted for a couple minutes before Mom called me over to the door. The man was a hay customer of ours, but he hadn't come to buy hay. He had come to offer me his horse –as a gift. Ever since I was a little boy I had wanted a horse, so this wasn't a hard decision to make. I did, however, have to get permission from Dad. He gave the OK, and I proceeded to make the arrangements to get Oakey in my pasture. Within a month, he was mine.
One other thing. Not only did I get Oakey, but I also received all the tack – halter, lead rope, bridle, and a real nice saddle!