One of my students got her leased pony, Jelly, for keeps this morning!
Pony's (old) owner and her mom kept it a secret for almost two months... and mom was even rotten enough to tell kiddo that "Miss Gabby is getting out of horses, so we need to be prepared for the possibility that she may sell him..."
She told her we were having a "We love Jelly" party this morning. So, mom decorated the stall, she bought a neon-green padded halter with his and her name on it and hung a letter on the door.
Kiddo was pretty depressed when she walked in, didn't even pay attention to all of us surrounding the stall with cameras and video and her DAD standing with us in work clothes. She walked over and read the letter slowly while we all videoed... she thought it was a letter from pony's owner telling her why he had to be sold... when she got to the last paragraph she burst into tears and went and hugged her mom forevvvvveeerrrrrr.
It was fabulous! We all went in the stall to love on Jelly and take pictures and her little sister walked over, still depressed. She had gone to get her pony right when all this was taking place. She hugged her sister, all mopey like, and finally one of us asked if she knew what was going on. "Jelly has to be sold," she responded. When we told her he WAS sold- to her sister- her face was just about priceless!!
She'll outgrow him eventually, but he's the first pony she's ever trusted- so she'll ride him until her feet drag the ground. After that- he's earned a place in the Big Idea Eventing family FOREVER- he'll be leased on to the next young rider.
Last edited by eponacowgirl; Jun. 6, 2013 at 11:02 PM.
We think Jelly may be a Rocky Mountain Horse (pony) so he would be a Chocolate Palomino. But in real life, we have no clue. Mostly, he's adorable.
She rides bitless because she loves to pull and pull and pull and he is happy to pull and pull and pull right back. With the sidepull, she can pull all day long and he lopes around and ignores her. He's pretty much perfect!