(A good testament to that fact is that I'm hammering out this post while watching a slightly fussy, slightly annoyed baby squirm around in her crib.... )
So we've been quietly looking for the perfect option for Gus man, and true to blog-land fashion, this incredible little community seems to have provided the answer!
Meet Jessica. She's a reader, mom to two (adorable) kiddos, one OTTB named Chance and a bulldog - on top of working her way toward being a vet.
(and here I am wondering how to feed one baby, ride one horse and maybe get some laundry done....maybe. oof)
After growing up in the H/J world, Jessica stumbled back into horses as an adult when she started leasing an OOTB named Chance. As is often the case in these lease-first-love-affairs, it wasn't long before Chance was all hers (for better or worse).
They've learned a lot together and have forged a great partnership, complete with the appropriate number of treats (and kids to dispense said treats.
|Love an OTTB face|
Good guy that he is, Chance still isn't totally husband (or kiddo) safe, which is where Gus comes in. Jessica's daughter has been taking lessons and starting her own horse addiction, just, without an actual horse of her own.
|(Cannot WAIT for our little girl to be holding her own lead rope, I mean CUTE)|
Plus the whole family is moving to a small farm of their own in the spring (jealous) - so having a Gus to haul a husband, or a daughter (or herself!) around without a second thought is perfect. I'm sure Chance will appreciate another old man pasture buddy too.
So that's the next adventure for Gus. Brookledge should be picking him up sometime this week, and he should be walking off the trailer ready to surprise the kids 3 days after that.
I'm really going to miss having Mr Gus around to ride, play with and enjoy loving on - and I know M2 will miss him even more. But knowing that he'll have kids to call his own, another old man to enjoy his pasture time with and a burgeoning vet to keep an eye on him? well that's just better than any horse mom can hope for. And I've learned that if you can find a better home for a horse then you can provide yourself - that there is joy in watching your horse enjoy that new home and new job (and lots and lots and lots of treats).
We will, of course, be expecting regular updates, especially the always adorable new-horse-delivery photos.
|Gus is going to be *great* at this|