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New Year, new horse: She's home! (update--new pics, of course!)

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  • New Year, new horse: She's home! (update--new pics, of course!)

    Losing our beloved mare three months ago devastated my little family--but tomorrow, we are bringing our new girl home. The boys "helped" Daddy get her stall ready while I was on lifeguard duty--Daddy worked, I boy-wrangled, heh. They had their Tonka trucks out and working to level the stall...or something.

    Then the shavings came down...and well, we told eldest son that this was the only time they'd be able to make stall shavings angels. The boys had a BLAST helping spread the shavings around...as you can see. (I'm still finding shavings EVERYwhere, despite taking off socks, shoes, and shirts before bringing them in the house! Ah well...)

    In a few, the boys are going to help wash the trailer and get it ready--I have a hay bag already loaded with a flake ready to go. The time of preparation has been surprisingly enlightening and therapeutic as our eldest son has spoken more and more about how he misses Ferrana, but also, how excited he is to be getting Coral.

    We pack up and drive out to get her in the morning.

    COTHers, thank you for helping me through my grief. Now, undoubtedly, you will be helping me through my transition. Thank you, again, and Happy New Year.
    Last edited by Lauruffian; Jan. 2, 2012, 06:06 PM.
    SA Ferrana Moniet 1988-2011
    CP Trilogy 2002-2015
    My bloggity blog: Hobby Horse: Adventures of the Perpetual Newbie

  • #2
    Congratulations! Your boys are adorable. I remember reading about Ferrana-she was very much loved. Your new horse is a very lucky horse.


    • #3
      Safe trip and congrats. Cute boys by the way,


      • #4
        Mega like! Congrats and more pictures in your next installment. Safe travels.


        • Original Poster

          She's home! Such a grand lady. She marched right into the trailer, was quiet the 35min drive home, and marched right off. She checked out her new digs like she owned the place. Once stepping onto the property, she dropped down to sample some of the grass--obviously traumatized from the move.

          Check her out, pretty as an ad in The Thoroughbred Times.

          My 2yro son gave her a carrot (with my help). I realized he was calling her "Color"--he'd heard us say Coral enough, he'd figured out her name on his own.

          But most touching was my 5yro son's affectionate welcoming of Coral to her new home. She, as she has always been, was very careful around him, and he was eager and thrilled to own a horse once again. Such a good boy, and such a good mare.

          I teared up on the drive home--I am a horseowner again. I am a horseowner again! I miss Ana, but I welcome this new chapter. To the New Year, new horse, and new chapter.
          SA Ferrana Moniet 1988-2011
          CP Trilogy 2002-2015
          My bloggity blog: Hobby Horse: Adventures of the Perpetual Newbie


          • #6
            Congrats to you and your family. She looks like a love. (am also owned by a TB mare) So sweet to you see your boys enjoying her too!
            I tolerate all kinds of animal idiosyncrasies.
            I've found that I don't tolerate people idiosyncrasies as well. - Casey09


            • #7

              Big Congratulations! Your new horse is beautiful and the boys are SOOOOO cute.

              Best wishes
              Quality Hunter Ponies


              • #8
                Originally posted by Somermist View Post
                Big Congratulations! Your new horse is beautiful and the boys are SOOOOO cute.

                Best wishes
                This - i know how excited you must be.


                • #9
                  I am so happy for you...Happy New Year to you and your boys.


                  • #10
                    Wonderful story and pictures. What a way to start the New Year!! Many congrats and much luck!!


                    • #11
                      Yay!! What a beautiful mare, and your boys are gorgeous. I am so happy that you are a horse owner again. Makes me tear up, thinking of all you've gone through and now, you have another to love. I'll bet Ana is happy you are "whole" again, too.
                      Proud member of the "Don't rush to kill wildlife" clique!


                      • #12
                        Coral is gorgeous! Congratulations - glad she has settled in nicely.


                        • #13
                          She is so cute!! I am so happy for you!!


                          • #14
                            I am so glad to read this. That picture of the little one hugging Coral is just so heartwarming. The sweet expression on the mare's face is lovely, so obvious that she knows the little boy is a foal not a full-grown human.
                            RIP Sasha, best dog ever, pictured shortly before she died, Death either by euthanasia or natural causes is only the end of the animal inhabiting its body; I believe the spirit lives on.


                            • #15
                              Those are among the happiest Happy New Year pics I've ever seen.

                              Have fun with Coral. She's lucky to have found you.


                              • #16
                                She's beautiful and kind, perfect! I love her unique blaze...

                                congrats to your family, enjoy her!
                                “Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.” Stephen R. Covey


                                • #17
                                  Oh joy! Happy New Year!


                                  • #18
                                    Congratulations on your lovely new girl!!!


                                    • #19
                                      Congratulations to you all!
                                      When people show you who they truly are, believe them. Maya Angelou


                                      • #20
                                        Shedding happy tears for you and your beautiful boys. Coral is a very lucky girl!