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Well, I'm selling him. The lady who leases him wants to buy him now and I know he's in a fantastic home. I really couldn't refuse - it's very unlikely that I'll be able to keep him any time in the near future and great homes are hard to come by, especially with horses that don't easily develop good relationships with humans, like Brock. But he loves her, he loves her kids - he even loves her dogs!
I decided to put together a series of pictures remembering my time with Brock:
First morning at the stables, his new home. Name of the previous occupant still on the door. Very curious about his new home - "Where are all the bossy mares who usually push me off my feed?" he thinks.
First month with me. Despite his new haircut for summer, a thorough grooming and shiny hooves he's looking distinctly like an ugly duckling with that grass belly gone, no topline and a few ribs showing. I'm sure most people were sniggering behind their hands at this point...
Amazing what a bit of work, good feed and a top up of rice bran and sunflower oil can do! Even in his winter coat he's looking more like a horse and less like a llama now. Of course, all this special care has given him a rather 'special' attitude and he thinks he's the best horse in the stable.
He's been spelling for 3 months now, while I've been barely well enough to take care of myself, let alone take care of and work a horse twice a day. So he's been packed off to agistment where Alana's excellent care has continued his transformation from herd weirdo to Prince of Darkness.
Heavy summer rains have turned the grass a lush green and Brock into an incredibly fat stud wannabe. Barely looks like the same horse he was a year before, and he is now worshipped by all the mares around, who wouldn't dare steal any of his food.
Even handsome princes have their bad paparazzi moments when in their winter woollies. Looking like a hairy old draft horse here! And despite being on a 'diet' pasture he's chunky (to put it politely).
But as summer arrives the silky nature of his coat is there to be appreciated. And he doesn't need to be tied up for grooming and saddling, that stuff is for lesser mortals who don't know how to behave in a dignified manner.
(Yes, he's about to sniff that poop.)
Awe, I'm sorry. ): But at least you know he's going to a good home, and it sounds like you're friendly with her? Maybe you'll be able to visit, or at least check in.
I'm glad for Brocky to have found a good home with lovely people to care for him! You've been such an important part of his life, and I'm sure he'll be keeping you in warm memories for the rest of it. Stay strong and think of all the happy days he'll experience in his new home! :) You'll be able to visit, right?
By the way, Brock is and will be my all time favorite horse from this forum! ;)
Some of the lessons he taught me were quite painful but at the same time watching a horse that (through his lack of horse and human socialising skills) was an antisocial bully turn into a big (ok, fat!) affectionate lover-boy with oodles of mare-attracting charisma was just amazing. He will always have a special place in my heart - his intelligence, sense of humour and massive ego brought me many smiles. And it's wonderful to know that these qualities are equally appreciated in his new home.
He is certainly one of a kind character, and it was inspiring to read about his (and your) transformations - from Evil Horse of Doom to a loveable family friend. That's amazing what you helped him to achieve! :) (And Snickers is sending his well-wishings to Brock, too! :) )
After all your hard work, you have certainly changed Brock's life. Sounds like he will be getting a great home. It's good that you can get updates about him. I'm sure he taught you a lot, too!
Such a handsome boy. You did a great job with him. I only know the bit we have shared via pm but I know this has been a hard decision for you. It sounds like you have found the perfect home for him and its great that you can still visit him when you can even though he is so far away.
Big hugs to you and as always i'm a pm away <3
He is very handsome. You did a wonderful job with him. I'm happy of the outcome with you finding him just as much of a loving home as you provided him.
it is so hard to let a great horse go you did great with him.. he is very handsome.
I am sorry you have to sell Brock but it looks like he is going to a good home
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