The word around the ranch is that Poncho, our resident trouble maker/stud muffin, now has a new home. Sniff sniff. Yay! Sniff sniff.
I have mixed emotions. He is such a cute little horse. If looks meant anything, he should be a precious little treat. Sadly he is too much animal (think stud) to coexist near all our docile geldings. We have kindly offered him to many friends, all rudely declining our most generous gift!! (The nerve of some people!)
Because Channel 13 news came out and did a story on GG, we have been blessed with new people to the ranch. There are many new children, a man bringing around 30 bales of hay because he wanted to help, and new volunteers. One of those volunteers is the kind and talented Leah.
Leah just happens to be an incredible horse trainer who thought she might be able to lend her expertise to our equines. She took on the project of working with B. Houdini and Shorty, our skittish haflingers. There is already a marked improvement in the two.
While we were out of town over a week at our family cattle ranch, Leah was one of the volunteers feeding all the horses that had to stay behind because they couldn’t/shouldn’t participate in cattle drives and the like. Thanks so much, Leah! Thanks also to your family members that came out to help. I can’t wait to meet them.
Good time to take a paragraph and thank the other super helpers from last week. Cindy, Jason, Grant, Logan and Kelsey also came out to feed for us. From what I’ve heard, they did a whole lot of poop scoopin’ as well! Thanks, E family! You guys also seem to be there when we need you. Thanks also to Melissa, her hubby, and Phoebe for coming out of the blue to also scoop. How are we this fortunate? Really? There are people who just call up and offer to clean manure? Turns out there also people who show up just to scrub troughs so the horses have clean water. I’m not lying–I couldn’t make this kindness up! Deborah, thanks for all your back-breaking help and trusting us with your precious daughter all last week. You two are incredible!
Oooh, I need another paragraph here. The dynamite duo of Steph and Mike, our GG neighbors, never stop helping us in some way or another! I sincerely mean that. They watch the ranch all the time since we do not live out there yet. They call and give updates and what vehicle is outside the gate, when water arrives, or if any of the horses look sick. For the last few weeks they have kept Black at their house while he recovers from a nasty sinus/tooth infection. One day Steph took him over to her place one so she could doctor his tooth and medicate him because we were going out of town. He has stayed this whole time. Nobody loves on or doctors a horse like Steph! Steph and Mike, we love you and thank you for all you do!
Third paragraph here–I can’t help it–people are far too kind to us. Thanks to my sweet mama for recently not only purchasing and donating many cottonwood trees to GG, but for going out several days with your aching back to water them! Mom, we love you! The trees will be fabulous in a few years! She was met out there one day by the kind couple of Joe and Bonnie and their friend Frank. Thanks to these people for assisting in the water of our trees. (I had the pleasure of meeting Frank yesterday where I found him watering once again!) One thing I’m not sure I want to thank Joe and Bonnie for–feeding the three stray cats that suddenly reside at GG. That’s a topic for another post.
Back to the reason for this post. Turns out Leah has always wanted a miniature horse. When Max or Trish or both offered Poncho to her, she was delighted! What are the odds?! She not only knows how to deal with him and his crazy antics, but she wants to! Tuesday night she loaded him up and hauled him away. Funny–she rode IN the trailer with Poncho back to his new home!! He will have a new purpose in life, something we couldn’t give him at GG. Leah, thanks for loving our little man when we couldn’t. I hope you two make beautiful music together.