My former red headed minimare *IS* coming back! -Pics & update on p. 2
Last few weeks or so, I've found myself missing Firefly, our former little red-headed minimare punk that we donated to a therapy program 4+ years ago. I recently bought a new horse (love!), but gentle and sweet as he is, he's too big for my little, very active boys. Really, any full-sized horse is may be too much for a 2yro kid to be around. But a 36" mini? No prob. I've looked at the recently emptied stall next to my boy thinking, a mini like Firefly could go here...but dismissed it. I'd really like the barn to be a family affair, not just a ME thing, but as it is the boys can't really interact with the horses so much as play in the dirt in a safe place with their Tonka trucks.
Seriously, she--and a pony for the boys in general--has been on my mind. I even started talking to my friend (who has boys and horses) about in Sunday, though not seriously. It's been on my mind such that I window-shopped Dreamhorse just to try and scratch that itch.
Well, out of the blue yesterday, I got an email from the director of the equine therapy program I donated Firefly to. I have not heard from her in YEARS (though I did contact her in October after we lost our mare, just to touch base). The program has been bought out by another company and they have to downsize (thankfully downsize, not eliminate) their horse therapy program. Firefly has been selected as one horse that will need to go. She also said Firefly is getting a bit burned out from her job and needs a new one. She's not doing anything aggressive; it's more avoidance behavior with the most intense of their low functioning kids--who need to work with a mini the most. She's still terrific with the higher functioning ones, and would be fine with my boys. As I wrote a right of first refusal into the contract, she contacted me first...so, here we are. Interesting.
I'm not ready to just hitch up my trailer and take her back home, but I'm curious. I also seriously need to evaluate if we have the time and money. More the time than money.
I couldn't take her back anytime in the first 3 years she was there--between Dad's death, pregnancy, newborn, illness--but now, maybe. Maybe.