Something has been missing in our pasture since Billy’s been gone. As much as we love the visiting horses and Baab, we still wanted another horse to call our own.
Tucker, King, Baab, & Mickey
We looked in the classifieds and online, but none of those horses seemed quite right. Finally another horse-loving homeschool family posted a message about a FREE HORSE on our group’s message board. It said:
We have a 4 year old gelding, a palomino, very green – yours for the taking if you can come and pick him up. Call me if you are interested.
I didn’t really get my hopes up about it at first. In fact, I actually forgot about it for a little bit. But another homeschool friend reminded me about the listing and asked if we had gone to look at him yet so I thought I should probably give it a try.
I set up an appointment for us to go look at him and off we went with me praying that God would clearly show us if this was the horse for us or not.
He was pretty aloof when we visited him at his pasture. He was there with his sister, a brown palomino, and she was more friendly than he was. He watched her every move, and once Jake got her interested in some alfalfa cubes, he decided to come on over too. We watched him run and tried to get an idea of his disposition, and by the time our visit was over, we all agreed that he needed a lot of work, but that we wanted to try.
Adding a gate to the barn
We stopped to buy a few supplies on our way home and then Tony & the boys set about adding another gate at the back of our barn so that we would have a way of separating our new horse from the other horses until they get used to each other.
So thankful for friends with a trailer!
But there was a problem, we don’t have a horse trailer, AND I’ve never driven a truck pulling a horse trailer!
But God provided yet again. Some wonderful friends offered to come with us to pick up the horse and to load him and deliver him for us in their trailer. That’s not a small gesture. They have 6 kids, the family we were getting the horse from lived about 30 minutes away, and we knew that it might be a challenge to get the horse loaded. Yet, everyone looked on it as a fun adventure. She was there with her 6 kids, I had 2 of mine, the family that gave us the horse had their 3 there, and they had another family visiting with 5 kids! That’s 16 kids, 4 moms, and 1 dad taking part in this adventure. It took a some patience and teamwork, but we safely got the horse loaded and were off towards home.
Welcome to your new barn!
You can not imagine the absolute JOY it brought me when they unloaded that horse at our barn. I have been humming the theme song from Mr. Ed FOR DAYS!
A horse is a horse, of course, of course,
And no one can talk to a horse of course
That is, of course, unless the horse is the famous Mister Ed.
Go right to the source and ask the horse
He’ll give you the answer that you’ll endorse.
He’s always on a steady course.
Talk to Mister Ed.
People yakkity yak a streak and waste your time of day
But Mr. Ed will never speak unless he has something to say
A horse is a horse, of course, of course,
And this one’ll talk ’til his voice is hoarse.
You never heard of a talking horse?
Well listen to this: “I’m Mister Ed.”
Jon would actually like to name our horse Mr. Ed because we like watching that show and Mr. Ed is a Palomino, but I think our horse needs a more sporty name. We’ve got some different ones that we’re considering, but we’re going to take our time and get to know him before settling on a name.
What do you think he looks like?
Isn't he handsome?
He needs some grooming, and he did get a scratch on his head from carrying on when we took his sister away from the trailer, but I think he has the potential to be what horse people call “flashy”. He kind of looks like a unicorn or something with his light coat and mane. And, wow, you should see him run. He has the most gorgeous movement. I’ll try to see if I can upload a video to show you all soon.
Pretty good for the end of our first day!
Spring is a time for new beginnings and we feel very blessed to be starting off spring with a new friend in the pasture. It’s going to be a fun adventure of learning how to work with a green horse. I’m pretty sure that God is going to be teaching us quite a bit about patience in the process, and that’s okay. Good things are worth waiting for.