Monday, 21 December 2009

Is this the real end?

There have been a few false alarms.

People who say yes... and then say oh, no thanks, I've changed my mind.

It's been eleven months since the decision was made.

And tomorrow, a lady is having the vet out to the barn to do a pre-purchase exam on Thunder. You only do that if you are dead serious about buying the horse and want to make sure he's sound and healthy.

Which Thunder is... he's healthy as a... well... as a horse!

So this may be it. The end of my horsewomanly days. The demise of Ponygirl completely. My heart is so torn, but my back won't allow me to ride anymore. And a horse is a very expensive pet, especially when living on one income and money is tight.

If it goes through, it will be a good home for him. The woman is an experienced horsewoman; Thunder will be a Christmas present for her young daughter; they have three other horses so he'd have company. They live close to a huge provincial park with lots of trails.

I truly hope they appreciate what a special horse he is. He was near death's door at 2 1/2 and survived on sheer will power and some of my nursing skills. He's got an amazing personality and his work ethic is wonderful - he always tries to do what you ask of him without getting pissed off.

He's curious, respectful, hilarious and personable. And he's very well trained... he's got about 9 months or more of professional training, plus the years that I have put on him.

But it is breaking my heart to think that he'll be gone. I just had to deal with putting down my old cat, and now it looks like my horse is finally going to sell.

I'll miss him....


  1. ... let me give you a friendly and comforting hug (Ponita)

  2. I hope the sale goes through and everyone lives happily ever after. Aside, from a bit of sad of course.

  3. Ah, I feel for ya. It's a hard but loving thing you're doing, finding a good home for Thunder. Whatever happens, happens for a reason. Happy Holidays, for you and Thunder.

  4. I hope you have a special Christmas.

  5. *Hugs* Ponita. Heartbreaking, especially at Christmas. I've been sobbing when I've looked at empty baskets and empty bowls.. so I'll be thinking of you.

  6. Mago: Thank you, my friend.... hugs are very welcome.

    XL: Thanks. I hope it goes through also. This yoyo-ing is killing me!

    And a Merry Christmas to you DownUnder!

    Eros: The biggest concern is a good home. He's a good horse and deserves nothing less. Happy Holidays back to you, hon.

    Scarlet: ((hugs)) It's so hard to be without them, isn't it? My relationship with BB was the second longest I'd had outside of family. The longest was with a pair of cats that both lived to be 18... and died within two months of each other.

  7. Hi Ponita,

    I know it's been a long time but I hope this buyer provides a wonderful home for Thunder.

    Merry Christmas (many hugs).


  8. This is so sad - will you be able to go and visit him?
    Have a good Christmas. X

  9. sad for you -- but amybe good for him? Time to adopt another dog for your menagerie maybe...? (My favourite solution.)

  10. Hugs are MOST DEFINITELY in order!

    Gawd, that's gotta hurt!

  11. U: It has been a long time... and this sounds like a great home for him. Hugs most appreciated. Merry Christmas to you also.

    Kaz: I don't know if I will, but I hope so. Merry Christmas back to you!

    Andrea: Yes, it will be good for him. He needs something to do... he's bored, the poor thing! No to another dog!!! When Zoë is gone, I am going to be a cat lady for a while. I love her to bits but I want to be able to pick up and go whenever the mood strikes... can't do that with a dog and living alone.

    Map: Irish hugs are wonderful... thanks! Feeling any better, hon? xoxo

    Jonas: It does... I've been tearing up now and then just thinking of being without him. He's a true sweetheart... as are you for the hugs... thanks bunches.

  12. Oh honey. What a hard decision to have to make.

    Many, many hugs my dear.

  13. *hugs* Hope it all works out! It is sad to see him go, but I'm sure he'll be happy and loved! :)

  14. I hope he does go to that very loving home, as he obviously has enjoyed such love and good care from you over the years. That is difficult for you though.


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