With rising hay prices going up, and the fact I am going to college next year, I'm having to down size my herd. I am planning on leasing my two mares out, but I just sold my big paint gelding. It was hard for me, this is the first time I have ever had to let a horse go, but I know it was for the best.
I had been trying to search for the perfect home for Rebel all this year. People had come, looked, made offers, etc, but none followed through, or I just flat out didn't like them. I was in no rush to sell him, I was bound and determined to find him a perfect home.
If you have ever tried to sell a compainion horse, it's pretty hard. Rebel is only 7, but is slightly crippled due to a shoulder injury. He still runs and plays, but not for long periods. I started giving up on being able to find him a home.
But alas, a man from Texas called me up, and he was VERY interested. Unlike all the other people, he didn't try to talk me down off the price. (I posted that he was for 200, but to the perfect home, I didn't need any ones money). He came out to look at him, loved every single thing about him. I got on him for a short ride (he can still be lightly riden) and the guy walked up to me after talking to my mom and handed me $400. Twice what I offered. I immediately started bawling, telling him that I didn't need his money, he could have him. He teared up too, but insisted that I take the money.
A week after Rebel went to his new home, the guy sent me pictures of him with his grandaughter, the one he bought him for. Rebel looked so happy, I just started bawling my eyes out all over again:')
Rebel now has some official training under his belt (he had some serious trailer issues), 122 acres of timothy, a barn with AC, a river, and a wonderful little girl to love him as much as I did:)
My bestfriend, boyfriend, and me are already saving up our money for our 18th birthdays (they all fall around the same time) to go down to Texas, and say "hi" to Mr.Rebel and his new owners as part of our Galveston-bound road trip:)