As any of you might know, I merely lease my horse, as I was not ready to buy just quite yet. One of the horses I looked at to lease was an 8 t/y TB Gelding named Butch.
I decided not to lease him at the time, although the woman that owned him said that I was more than welcome to ride him any time. I ended up leasing another horse at the same facility and therefore I was able to ride Butch as much as I was able to ride My Jojo.
We had worked so hard together to overcome some of his issues and he turned out to be a more than spectacular horse, we grew a bond like nothing I've experienced since I was a kid with my own horses. He got to where he would eagerly greet me, wait patiently while I rode my horse and as soon as I approached him or opened his stall he was off and running, ready to be tacked up and worked hard.
He had an Eyore personality and loved to cuddle and responded just as much to my voice as he did to my cues while I was on his back.
I was pretty sure he was about to be sold because I went out last week and all his tack was gone, but the BO told me she had paid a couple months board in advance. So, I relaxed. I quit trying to raise the money to buy him, because I figured I had another two months at least and by then I would have the money no problem.
Then I get a call last night from the BO. 'She pulled him, he's gone.' I finished up our conversation before I went hysterical, but I DID lose it. I had no warning. I had just seen him the day before, but it was so cold I didn't ride and just gave him a quick kiss on the nose.
Now I'm devastated. I'm trying to contact her and find out if he is somewhere that I can at least say goodbye. I can't stop crying because I know he was scared when they loaded him and I can't imagine what he is feeling right now.
When I got home from the barn last night I saw an ad posted for his sale
8 year old TB Gelding- Sound and healthy
And so I was hoping that maybe she just moved him in preparation for sale and that maybe he wasn't SOLD yet?
I don't know what to do, I feel lost without him. Just going to the barn last night and seeing his empty stall made me start bawling and my own horse was like 'WTH?' but even HE was acting funny, because his stall is right next to Butch's and it kept freaking him out. Of course my crying didn't help.
Anyway, I'm sorry this is so long, but does anyone have any ideas? Right now I have three different people trying to get a hold of her, one who has the money to buy him if he is available, but I am pretty sure she didn't want ME to have him for some reason because she knew how much I had been riding him and it makes no sense that she didn't say 'Hey, you wanna buy him?'
Thank you, if you have read this far. I am really just so upset and hurt right now and I was hoping someone would have an idea of how to find him if he IS sold, because like I said she hasn't contacted me back at all.
Thanks for listening.