By Kim Lemmon
Read my November Horse Sense column for the back story. This is the update.
A miracle happened and we were able to sell one of the bred mares the day before Mark’s mini appaloosa gelding, Houdini, was scheduled to come home. This sale made housing the minis a little less tight but things were still a bit cramped the first couple of days.
The geldings are getting along fine and Mark finished our stall project the following weekend so now each gelding has his own stall. Mark spent an entire Saturday working on other projects as well to not only make room in the barn for Houdini but to make chores easier for me. I have really appreciated the updates.
Mark has also held up his end of the bargain so far and is helping with evening chores. I do most of the stall cleaning in the morning but that is my fault and not his. I’m really impressed with Mark’s commitment since he has such a busy schedule.
As for my remaining mares, things didn’t go as well. They are very nice and beautiful girls but the pregnant mare was beating up on the open mare. Because of the continued violence, I listed the open mare for sale and sold her within two weeks of the original purchase. Not my original plan!
Both Mark and I like Houdini. He is easy and pleasant to be around and seems to obey well so far.
The mares were all sweet and obedient (especially the bred one that I still currently own) but the fact remains that I really wanted only one additional horse and I wanted it to be a miniature appaloosa mare. I’m not content with my purchase. The remaining mare is of good quality as well as being a bargain but she just isn’t the miniature appaloosa mare I had my heart set on when I sold the goats.
I’m just recently listed the remaining mare for sale as I made an offer on the appaloosa mare I had wanted all along (pictured above). The offer was accepted. I’m hoping that by Thanksgiving she will be home and the mare I bought in the package of three will have found a new home. I liked her but I want to keep my numbers down.
I plan to remember in the future that just because something is a good deal doesn’t mean that it is exactly what I wanted and at this stage in my life, I only want to feed and clean up after horses that are exactly what I had my heart set on.
Read my weekly blogs for updates on the horse situation at our house. We will hopefully have a foal next spring!