Thank you COTH: Its a small world until you try and walk around it
I just want to say that COTH is a a great site. I located a horse in a sale barn that had not been treated right. He came from regal blood lines and had been bred in Australia. A 17 hand dappled Buckskin! A hard to miss horse. He was much loved and traveled through different barns being an excellent dressage mount and a well known jumper...his excellence made him a desirable horse to import to the US where his career continued until he found his way to South Florida where life can be hard on horses; where land is sparse; riders are tough on their horses and its freaking HOT. He was found depressed and lame in a sale barn where he would stare at the sky clearly missing something that was once important to him.
His sparkle made us buy him and take him home where he was treated to amazing farrier care; vet care and genuine love. He blossomed but was never going to be sound enough to be a fulltime jumper. Understand that even sore he would jump fire if you asked him and would jump as high as you would set the jump (we did not do this to him but we know he would if asked)
He is so well trained that it was a shame someone dumped him and forgot all he had done through his short 14 years.
But all was not lost. We decided to re-home him free of charge. A fellow COTH member found the ad after suffering her own terrible loss of her two horses in a trailer accident. She treked with a heavy heart to South Florida where she and Buns met one Sunday afternoon. Love blossomed.
We have reached out and found the breeder. Through COTH we have found a young woman who knew all about his breeding and the fact she trained Buns (then known as Biscuit) for two years in dressage and knew his entire career as a show jumper.
It is an amazing thing that through COTH everyone met and has learned all about this horse. We still have a gap in his life for a few years but he is well now and heading to Indiana this Sunday to his new (and I believe) his final home. He gets to frolic on 5 acres and his own personal mom.
I followed 2dogs thread and knew she had connected with Buns, but did not know the backstory.... so glad you shared, and so beautifully written.
Bless you for giving this horse a second chance, and then for so graciously sharing him. I was on the receiving end of such a gift last year, and it touched my life forever. I am sure Buns' new mom will love and cherish every moment she spends with her new buddy.
We couldn't all be cowboys, so some of us are clowns.