Chance arrived about 5:00 today (10/26/99)! He stepped off the trailer and looked pleased with his new home. Chuck (Haulin Hoss-see webpage) said he traveled well and was a perfect gentleman! The boys went crazy over him, he had an apple and a carrot before he even got to his new paddock. He walked around, checked out his shed, sampled the water, sniffed his new filly friend Ginger, test-rolled his new dirt and took to his hay. He thinks equine senior is pretty tasty. We brushed him down and he really seemed to enjoy it. He looked comfey in his warm blanket! It gets really chilly when the sun goes down. He did not seem to mind the sheep or the poultry. He has his own little area for now as Ginger is a speedy eater and certainly does not need the equine senior! Our vet will be out Thursday to do his teeth, give vaccinations and worm him. That should help him out.
I could NOT BELIEVE that anyone would even consider putting a saddle on him let alone let kids ride him all day when he is all bones. How can these people live with themselves? They can put shoes on them but not hay in them? These are not mechanical merry-go-round horses, they have feelings. You can just look in his eyes and see. My heart goes out to all of Chance's buddies from the camps.
I did not realize he was that big, he looked smaller in the photos! smile! Even more to love! He picked up his head from the hay every time the back door opened. I just checked on him after 900 and he came over to get his neck rubbed.
I took a picture of my sons hugging him and will send update photos/stories. In no time he will be a new horse!
Thank you Gail for getting us together, Chance needed a home and we needed a new horse buddy. Just think of the horses who will soon get new homes and people to love them like Chance does!