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post #1 of 10 Old 07-14-2013, 09:28 AM Thread Starter
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Saying goodbye to my beloved riding partner of the last 11months

I had my last ride (and lesson) today on Pepe. I learnt to ride on this horse in the last 11months, going from a girl who could not rise trot, was bucked/thrown/bolted off, to the confident rider I am today.Today is the day that I will no longer be riding him, as he is leaving to be leased and possibly sold to one of my riding friends.
This horse, along with my instructors, has taught me the good and the bad of horse riding with a few tumbles along the way (all which were my fault, except one).
We have had our ups and downs, but over the time we have created a bond strong enough to get us through the hard times and laugh together with the good times.
I'm going to miss this boy, but I am very happy knowing his new owner will take exceptional care for him.

Below are a few pictures from the last couple rides.
He will be leaving tomorrow, after I help his new owner/leasee wash him, I have been invited to come with him to his new home and visit him.

This quirky horse will always hold a special place in my heart.
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post #2 of 10 Old 07-14-2013, 09:32 AM
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Always sad to say goodbye but at least you know he's going to a good home, and hopefully you'll be able to visit him in the future too!
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post #3 of 10 Old 07-14-2013, 09:35 AM Thread Starter
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Yeah, its hard, I've been offered to have him many times but no $$/time to own a horse. I've been told I am welcome to visit him by his new owner/leasee, and will be washing/floating with him tomorrow to his new home - I'm also facebook friends with his new owner so will be able to keep in touch. I'm just glad he is going to someone who knows his quirks.

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post #4 of 10 Old 07-14-2013, 12:01 PM
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Sounds like Pepe taught you a lot!
Glad to know that you are familiar with his new owner. Goodbyes are hard, but I feel a sense of relief when I know a horse is going to a friend or someone I know will take perfect care of him/her.
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post #5 of 10 Old 07-15-2013, 08:25 AM Thread Starter
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I thought I would post an update. Today I was invited out to help move Pepe to his new home. After watching him gallop around down the back with the other horses, he was loaded in the float (with a little encouragement of a lungeline around his bum and some soothing words from all watchers.
I then drove behind the float to his new home - he kept whinnying not knowing what was happening, poor boy - little did he know he was going to a good home.
Once we got him there his new owner/leasee lead him around the property and introduced him to the other horses over the fences, then put him in his new yard (which is shared with a mare which is also leased from where I work/Pepe's owner). Later we let them out for a explore and a run around the property without any other horses, and they had a munch on the grass. I then helped his new owner/leasee groom and rug him (I put his winter rug on as she got his night feed ready).

Have been told I am welcome any time, and invited to come tomorrow and thursday, but going to go on Thursday only. His new owner/leasee is going to have a Parelli/horsemanship lesson with an instructor (he isn't pushy on the ground) for ground and then riding work (his new owner/leasee will be riding him).

Really happy for him, he is very happy there and I can tell they will be really good together. He has kept his paddock name, but his show name will now be Pumped Up Kicks (after the song).
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What a lovely collection of pics! It looks like Pepe is settling in nicely in his new home. I'm really glad to hear that you're going to be able to stay in contact with him and work with him... he always was your special favourite, that has been very obvious! I guess if you can't manage to own or lease a horse of your own at the moment, having "visiting rights" for your equine best friend has to be the next best thing, right? He's such a lovely horse, and I'm sure that between you, you and his new keeper will take excellent care of him and ensure that he gets all the skritches and carrots that he deserves!
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post #7 of 10 Old 07-15-2013, 02:53 PM Thread Starter
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What a lovely collection of pics! It looks like Pepe is settling in nicely in his new home. I'm really glad to hear that you're going to be able to stay in contact with him and work with him... he always was your special favourite, that has been very obvious! I guess if you can't manage to own or lease a horse of your own at the moment, having "visiting rights" for your equine best friend has to be the next best thing, right? He's such a lovely horse, and I'm sure that between you, you and his new keeper will take excellent care of him and ensure that he gets all the skritches and carrots that he deserves!
I was thrilled to be told many a time that I was welcome to come visit him whenever I wanted - his new owner/leasee has also said I can come ride him oneday and that would be great! But I am backing off a bit as I realise he is her horse now (just hard because he was pratically mine without costs these last couple months). Hes a naughty boy Kept coming over to me, instead of his new owner/leasee, silly boy.
He will always be special to me -even though we both know Pepe is a bit, er, special.. haha.

I'm going down on Thursday and picking his new owner/leasee up on the way, then we are spending the whole day with him and she is going to have a Parelli lesson with an instructor with him (it will be her only lesson with the person).

He's going to look so good with the hard feed he is now getting (talk about a wide range of things in that mix alone!). He will look like her old horse did - sleek coat with a healthy shine, correctly muscled and she is going to try and work on getting him a bit softer on the bit and into frame. They will do well together (the deal is though, that she only is having him for a month and if he bucks/bolts in that time, she wont be able to keep him longer - so I'm hoping he is a good boy.... especially with the hard feed seeing as he was on lucrene and oaten hay lately).

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I hope you find another horse
He looks like he isgoing to be happy
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I hope you find another horse
He looks like he isgoing to be happy
Thank you CountryWoman - I currently have a handful of offers of owners to come ride/lease their horses which I am checking out at the moment. I'm happy he's happy - he's going to have alot of fun with his new owner, taking him to PC and the like.

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post #10 of 10 Old 07-15-2013, 03:52 PM
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that is awesome to hear

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