My farm is shrinking. I have mixed feelings about all of it. I know in my head downsizing, especially before a winter when the hay is scarce and $$$, is the best thing to do. But it does not stop my heart from the sadness of having to say good bye. This week my little Snappy sold. I have owned him for 8 years! He was my first horse that I owned as an adult. I got him as a yearling and he was also the first baby that I trained myself. I officially own 5 horses and while my husband thinks that is five too many we agreed upon keeping 3 which I can, in my head, reason that that is the best decision.
|We are really going to miss the little furry dude.|
How Snappy got choosen as the one to move on to a new home? It was the process of elimination. Steady was obviously staying, then my daughter getting older and wanting to get into eventing Lily was the best choice for that. Then there are my other two daughters who ride for fun here and there but their main thing is 4-H in the spring. Blaze is really best for my 5 year old to do her first year with just like he has done with my other two. The horse is seriously a saint. Then my 7 year old can share with Lily because she is still in Mini 4-H. Blaze is getting up there in age and to me it made the most sense for Snappy who is young enough to last a long time for someone yet old enough to be safe for young ones. It just made the most sense. When I knew a potential buyer was coming the idea of it was quite sad for me but after meeting them and seeing what a great home he was going to it really lifted that sadness. So Snappy is sold, then yesterday someone came to buy one of my baby goats. Just two weeks ago we counted 13 animals on our farm we are now down to 10 and the goal is 6. The lamb is a given since he will be butchered in just a couple months. Then we have two kittens and a cat that need new homes. I would be happy to get to 7. Snappy is going to a great home where his owner is a vet tech and he will be truely spoiled and they are not idiots who will throw their 4 year old child on him and let him go. That was my biggest fear with a mini getting an uneducated person who would just do something stupid then blame it on him. For some reason with miniatures people think they are not dangerous like horses. These people were horse people and I am very happy with where he is going. He is a great little guy. We have been through a lot together and I will miss loving on him. These people just recently had to put their beloved mini down and I know he will fill that void for them and do a great job at it.