It seems like yesterday when we got the phone call from our trainer on a warm April afternoon. She had called to let us know that she had a surprise at the barn where my daughter had been taking riding lessons for the past year. It was surely a welcome surprise to meet Joey, a 6 year old welsh pony. It was love at first sight for my daughter. That was the day our lives changed forever and although I didn't know it, what I thought was a hobby was really preparing us both for horse ownership. The transformation had begun.
My daughter had been riding the trusted and true schooling horses and was given the opportunity to work with Joey for the next year. He was a sweet little jumper pony & his show name was "Made you look". Daily visits to the barn, chores, stall cleaning and of course riding.... we both looked forward to our barn therapy more and more each day. Just three days after arriving at the barn, poor Joey had gotten tangled up in a fence and had a deep cut in his hind leg. After being stitched up, our rehab work began. My daughter groomed and hand grazed him every day and for 6 weeks never rode him but fell more and more in love with him every day.
Finally, he was sound and well enough to be ridden again and he was a dream pony. After the glorious long summer days began to shorten we got word that Joey was being sent back to his family on the other side of the state. We were greif stricken, sad beyond belief. We left a long letter of thanks for his family and told them how much my daughter and I had enjoyed spending time with Joey, even when he was healing and coudn't be ridden. We had fallen in love with our first pony! A few e-mails later and his owner was on the phone with me offering to let Joey return to us for lease over winter. During our conversation, she said "Its not just a hobby, its a lifestyle" ,
She was soooo right! Our new lifestyle had begun and there is no turning back! No regrets! Thank you to Joey and his family for letting us learn what horse ownership is all about and for trusting us to do right by him.