I might have missed it, but how did you and Duncan's owner find each other? You prayed, she prayed, but then what?
Horse people in my county seem to know things, even if one isn't in their venue or their circle. I got a phone call to check with the horse retirement home that I didn't even know was here, and she is only ten miles from me, lol. That it was "heard" she had a waiting list & maybe there might be a horse on there for my criteria. I called, the young lady was very warm on the phone and said she would check thru her waiting list to see if there was someone who matched my criteria. She was talking to her mom about it and her mom asked her what was wrong with "my horse in California?', lollol
I had already texted fotos of this property and the barn to the daughter so she would know I wasn't someone with raggedy barbed wire fence and my horse wasn't living in a sea of mud. The next day the daughter called me with her mom's proposal to "adopt" Duncan to me and she would pay for his shipping. I asked her to please come and see the barn & farm before making any decisions as the daughter's horse retirement facility is really upscale and is mostly high dollar ex-show horses whose owners have a conscience.
The mom had already booked passage with a transport company but her daughter convinced to her to physically visit anyway, lollol.
Which, BTW, here's the name of the transport company they use and speak very highly of. The mom said these people really do care about every horse on the the van. They will overnight half way from CA to TN and I think get the horses off the van. Look at that rig. My road doesn't even have enough room for it to turn off the county road and start up my road, lollol.
KC Horse Transport, Inc. | USA
Hopefully they have done enough business with this company that the shipping fee is locked in - since the price of fuel may go into the outer stratosphere sooner than later. A sidebar to that is farmers that were interviewed on the Agri Business segment of RFD-TV said the price of fuel, fertilizer, and whatever else it takes to raise crops has already tripled in some areas. Duncan's owner said they can still get timothy hay at the barn but it is $37/bale - bales out there are 115-125 pounds but $37 is enough to make one choke when writing the check and it could go higher. Being a savvy business woman that's likely another reason for wanting to get Duncan out of California and find him a nice grass pasture east of the Mississippi.
We had a wonderful two hour visit which could have lasted longer but the daughter has 16 horses at her facility and does much of the work herself. We talked about horse prices. In her mom's show world in SoCal, chump change is $30,000. 60K is more like it for a winning horse. She said even retired horses that are still useable can go for 30K but that wasn't what she wanted for Duncan, because she felt he had paid dues, won a lot in his prime, and that was good enough.
So there ya have it Weeed! "That's my story and I'm stickin' to it",