Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Well...

I've sat here for the past two hours thinking about how social media and the internet has changed our lives. In the past (hell, even 15 year ago) something could happen and we'd never know it. I've sat here trying to figure out what words I use to write this. I tried posting it on facebook, but I just couldn't find the right words, so I gave up.

I've driven Pia's mom nuts today and Cuna's mom nuts today talking about it.

Long, long story short.....

I have found Denali the perfect home.

I bought her without permission from my husband and I sold her without permission from my husband.  I know that many of you are probably shocked, I'm still a little dumbfounded that it could work out so well. The family she's going to live with owns 240 acres in Montana. If you've read this blog at all, you know how much I love this horse. For now she will go out on a carelease, and it may stay that way. I told him I want to make sure they are both happy. I just can't "sell" her outright without making sure that it's a good match. She likes where she lives, but she loves to run. I'm worried that she is one broken board away from getting thrown out of her retirement barn. This sounds perfect.

Someone asked me if I told him all about her personality, and the answer is yes. I gave him this blog address and told him to read about her. I told him story after story about her and everything she's been through. My fears of her ending up in the kill pen, and my hopes for her to have a happy life. It sounds perfect.

SO, she leaves in a little over two weeks. Right now I am really excited for her. I am. I know that when I see her I will burst into tears and will probably never forgive myself.

Think good thoughts for us! Still not sure how one brings it up to her friends. I'm taking a road trip in July to go visit her. It gives her about 7 weeks to settle in and see how it's going.  The poor man who is taking her is SO nice (he calls me ma'am) and has answered so many of my ridiculous questions and puts up with my ridiculous requests. I really like him, and the more I talk to him the more I like him (wife and son too!) He seemed really happy that I asked for references and they all check out.

One thing I don't think you can question is how much I love this horse. Sometimes when you love something you let it go. I can't give her 240 acres to run on, and we all know how much she'd love that!

I still need to get her coggins, and brand inspection so she can leave the state. This sucks, but I am sort of excited for her. I know she'll love it.

12 comments:

Dom said...

Sounds like the perfect set up for her. I'd love to move to Montana myself. I love that you put her well being first every time. *hugs*

SprinklerBandit said...

I think you're making the best decision for everyone. D will love it and we will totally visit her this summer. (I'll meet you in Seattle--I need some Olson's time.)

DS said...

This sounds like a great solution!

Rose made the transition from wet rainy Oregon to sunny dry Montana very well. Her bare feet love it here.

As for paperwork that you need to transport into Montana, you don't need a brand inspection. She'll need to get one of those after she enters the state within 30-days. It is less expensive to get them done in Montana than in Oregon (not sure about Washington). So her new owner will need to do that.

You need to get her a coggins and a health certificate for transport. The health certificate must be done no farther out than 10-days before transport in order for your vet to get the trip permit from the State of Montana. So I would suggest doing the coggins and health certificate all at once.

You can read all about our move with Rose from Oregon to Montana here:
http://adventuresincoltstarting.blogspot.com/2011/03/how-to-haul-horse-to-montana.html
http://adventuresincoltstarting.blogspot.com/2011/04/long-haul-day-one.html
http://adventuresincoltstarting.blogspot.com/2011/04/long-haul-day-two.html

If you come out to Montana this summer it would be fun to meet! Keep me posted if you are interested.

-DS
Adventures In Colt Starting

WishIHadAHorsey said...

Your gut has not let you down, just continue to listen to it. I know that you will always have Denali's best interest at heart and I am pleased that you found a situation for her that is a better match.

Hugs!

Kristen Eleni Shellenbarger said...

Without a doubt, this sounds like a great plan. I can tell you, even though Laz is not retired, moving him to a bigger acreage farm has made him 10000% happier. Denali will LOVE it and will live a very very happy life because she has such a great Mom looking out for her. Xo

Gingham said...

You didn't drive me crazy! these things need to be hashed out and mulled on (preferably over wine..)

I love that the stars are seeming to align...

HammersArk said...

I don't post much but I have been following along - this will be a hard transition for you, however it may open new doors for you that will help you gain more confidence in yourself with the horses and it may be just what Denali needs to sort herself out too! :)

If you don't mind my asking - what is he planning on doing with her?

WishIHadAHorsey said...

I meant that you felt the new place is a better match than the retirement place! You are the best match!!!

RiderWriter said...

Yes, we all want to know: what is the nice man planning to do with Denali? How on earth did you find him, too? It sounds like a terrific plan and I think she will LOVE having more room to run. You are thinking with your head and your heart and none of us are going to question your judgement. We want the best for both of you!

Denali's Mom said...

She's going to be the resident bitch. Lol. Nothing. For now she's going to hang out.

Mary said...

This is the best gift you can give her. I am happy for you both!

achieve1dream said...

Oh wow I'm totally teary eyed!! It's so hard to let them go, but you're right you just have to sometimes. It sounds like she will be in heaven at her new home (care-lease). I'm so happy it has worked out so perfectly. :) I hope he will be able to send pictures and updates!