Gianna turned 8 on Tuesday! I can’t believe my first little baby is now 8! We will have a birthday party for her at the end of the month. She wants a Halloween themed party, that will be fun to do. I felt guilty last year because we didn’t have a big party for her. She is at her dad’s every other weekend, then the weekend she was here Dave is gone for army training. Having a family get together on a weekend, when we were all here, gets tricky. This year the beginning of November is the only time we all have a Sunday together. She doesn’t mind though, it just means her birthday last all month! 🙂
A few weeks ago, Dave told me he wanted to buy Gianna a pony for her birthday! My first reaction was NO WAY!! I rode when I was younger, did shows, and barrel races, and rode my friends horses in southern IL, but owning one is completely different!! I was a firm “no!” for about a week.. Then, Dave and I sat down, and went through the financials of buying and keeping a horse, and worse case senerios. Like, if we see something is wrong with the horse at midnight on a Sunday, can we handle a $2,000 emergency vet bill? How about the 100 bales of hay we need for winter? Having a farrier come every 8 weeks? It’s scary being responsible for the care and wellbeing of such a large animal.
The previous owners at our farm had a horse, so we are all set up to keep one as far as fences, stalls, and pastures goes. Most of the small farms around here have a horse or two hanging around. For some reason I felt like you have to have a ton of extra play money to own a horse. Theses little farms around here with a couple horses hanging around are not rich people. They have cute little farm houses like ours, and their horses seem happy, so I was starting to think it was doable. Well, I eventually said “maybe” then after meeting them that turned into a “yes!” ha!
Bear, Gianna’s pony, is an 11 year old Ponies of Americas Pony. His friend is an 11 year old miniature donkey named Willy. Dave works with their previous owner. Bear can ride English and western, he was shown in pony shows by her kids, and was a 4-h project. They also raise beef cattle, so they don’t have much time to give to Bear and Willy anymore. It works out great: we have lots of time to give to them, we get a gentle horse that the kids can ride, and the previous owners know they went to a good home, and can come visit whenever they like. It seems like an overall win-win. I wish I took video of when Gianna first saw them. We didn’t tell her what she was getting for her birthday. She thought it was a swing set or a chicken (I don’t know where she got those ideas lol). We told her all week her present was coming on the weekend. She begged me to give her hints. Little did she know, I was giving hints all week by renting a horse safety video “on accident” and playing horse safety videos on YouTube, non stop, all week. 🙂
Bear has the coolest cinnimon-molted-mini-appoloosa color. I love it! I’m still nervous about this undertaking. I want to make sure they are happy and healthy. While they get used to their new space, I try to be present as much as I can so they get used to me. I walk with them on the lead. I sit by the pasture while I write emails, and they eat hay. We got them last Sunday, they are pretty much settled in to their new farm. We are all loving having them around! Pony kisses are the best!