Life On and Off an Acreage

In-sights into moving from an Acreage back to Town, plus a few things I find of interest.

Two things that horses are scared about:

1. Things that move
2. Things that don't move

October 5, 2013

A Further Update on The Acreage

Today after 5 weeks and one day, I was able to bring Elaine home. She is very week, but in good spirits. The prognosis is it will be a long slow recovery, but she is back home and likely will do better here.

We have had a few viewings on the property, plus one low ball bidder who was politely told "Not on your Life".

Today, as I said, Elaine came home and our two horses, Biz and Alpine, were sold to an ideal family. Mom has ridden forever and 13 year old daughter was looking for a replacement horse due to her old Appy being of an ancient nature. The family also rides chuck wagons which means the other horses are a little hot for   riding. Mom and daughter are going to have fun sorting out who gets which horse. They also do not sell to market, and that is a promise i got from them.

On top of these two pluses, my son found a buyer for the hay that we just purchased, so we aren't out that money. Letting the horses and hay go to the future buyer of the property, would have meant that we would have no control over the life style situation of the horses.

The last item, which may not be a plus, is that Boots is officially retired. When the trailer was loaded with the horses and closed up, he had to go all around sniffing to see if he could get to them. Both horses walked right into the trailer as if they did it every day! When we bought Alpine, she loaded easily. Biz had only been in a trailer once before. talk about good horses!

When the new owner climbed up on Biz, Biz wasn't very happy, so I took a little ride in the corral. Same with Alpine. I just had to get a few minutes in the saddle before they departed.

My back sort of let me know that the rides were probably not a good idea, but what the heck, it was worth it! The back is still bruised  6 weeks after the buck off, but is doing fairly well all things considered. I met a young nurse in the hospital today that sort of looked at me funny. She finally asked if I was the guy that got tossed off a horse. When I said that I was, she said she was the nurse that admitted me. I had to apologize and say that I really don't remember very much of those two days.

Any way, the work load around here just dropped way off. Now Boots and I, and Elaine can sit on the deck drinking tea until the house sells. Ha!

The next step now is to photograph and list a large dog crate, dog cage, and three saddles.


TexWisGirl said...

i am glad that you found a good home that YOU feel good about for the horses. also glad you were able to sell the hay, too.

big plus that elaine is home. and, yes, you work on getting boots to relax, now. please. :)

Tombstone Livestock said...

Glad you found a good home for the horses. Have fun sitting out there drinking the tea before the weather turns too cold, looks like winter will come early to some.

The Dancing Donkey said...

I am so glad that Elaine is home, I am sure she will heal much faster now. Hospitals are no place for healing. I am also glad, in a bittersweet way, that your lovely horses found such a good new home. It's probably just as well you are so far away, I sure did like the looks of that Alpine:)

Gail said...

I am so sorry. I just received your news.

Life has a way of making choices for us. You have had your dream of acreage and now you shall have another dream with your soul mate.

I am glad the horses are in a good loving home.

Have a blessed evening.

S. Etole said...

It's good to hear that things are progressing well and that your horses have found good homes.

Alica said...

I'm glad your horses went to a good home! That has to be a load off your mind. I hope Elaine continues to do well, and that your transition time goes well. Change is hard!

peihome said...

oh yay, Elaine is back home. There's no place like home, is there? Sounds like the horses went to a great home, too. I hear you on your back -- I'm only just going to physio for the shoulder I hurt when I fell off! :)

Montanagirl said...

So glad you found a good home for your horses. Maybe you can visit them now and then??

joyce said...

I didn't know you were selling...what a shame, sounds like it may be for health reasons, so I'm glad you and your wife are okay.

Michelle said...

Glad that you found a home for the horses that you feel comfortable with. I am sure it was a difficult decision.

Gregg Metcalf said...

Dude I am so sorry that I have been out of it, I didn't realize you have had some trials. I apologize. Sounds like you are selling out. Hope all continues to go well and that our Lord continues to bless you!

Eggs In My Pocket said...

So sorry for the hardships that have come your way, but am glad that Elaine is doing better. Good that you found a good home for your horses. Hope all goes well for you!

Mary Ann said...

Oh, Ian, I'm so glad you found good buyers for Biz and Alpine. I always, always worry about my animals going to good people. I'm glad Elaine is home, in familiar surroundings, and your journey can get to it's next stage.

Buttons said...

Oh Ian I am so sorry I did not know any of this I cannot imagine what you are going through. I am glad you found good homes for you horses. B

Buttons said...

Oh I forgot the hug when I needed one you were quick in sending one so this one is back to you.Give Elaine a hug too. Take care OK. B

luckybunny said...

I am so glad Elaine is home and that you found a great home for the horses, that must be a huge, huge, relief. I'm so thrilled things are falling into place and I have no doubt the right buyer will come along for your beautiful little spot, so you guys can begin the next chapter in your lives, and begin to enjoy it. sending continued prayers to both of you.

Willow said...

Hi Ian,
Had no idea all this had taken place. Glad you found them a good home. I am sure you will feel a bit melancholy during the adjustment then some relief . Wishing for you happy new adventures and good things for you and Elaine.