I bought an auction horse even though someone had told me to not do that. The day after the auction, as soon as the sun came up I was staring at this skinny horse with big sad eyes. I had tears in my eyes, wondering why I bought this poor guy. He was not pretty!!! When they were running him through the auction ring I didn't know what breed he was. They had several saddle pads and a very large saddle on him so you couldn't tell that he was so skinny. I looked at this poor guy and just wondered what I was going to do with him now. That's when he walked over to me, dropped his head, and let out a big sigh. It was as if he was saying "just feed me and love me". That's when I knew that this was meant to be, he is the "horse of my dreams". (The picture with this blog is him on the first day.)
If you read my last two blogs titled "Finding the horse of my dreams" and "An auction horse" then you are familiar with my journey. If you have not read them... you really should. :)
I found a boarding stable just a few miles down the road that had an opening and they picked him up for me a few hours later. I got him settled into a stall with hay and water and just watched him slowly eat and drink. Every time anyone moved or he heard a noise he would flinch. You could tell he was scared but trying to be so brave.
The next day I went to the stables to check on my new boy and see if I could figure out what to do next. As much as I had read I still had no idea how to take care of him. I also tried to come up with a new name for him. I wanted to give him a new name to go with his new life, I just couldn't think of anything. In the back of my mind I kept thinking that if I name him I will get emotionally attached to him and I wasn't sure I was ready for that. Later that day after just watching him for hours, I realized I was already attached and decided to not change his name. The "horse of my dreams" is named Harvey...
The next few days tested my desire to have a horse of my own. I quickly learned that I can be strong when I need to be but that I needed this horse to encourage me.
Check back in a few days to read the story of Harvey's first emergency visit with the vet... just 3 days after I got him.
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