Tuesday, August 6, 2013
Just over a month ago I announced Archies retirement from eventing. Since then I have been considering offering Archie for free lease to someone who wanted to do dressage, hacking, or even low level jumping. At the same time my good friend Dana (who has been mentioned with Quartz on this blog plenty) was searching for a horse to lease or purchase that could help her build confidence over fences. Quartz still needing a lot more schooling and Dana is needing something to bring her confidence up.
Enter Archie. Dana asked me a few weeks ago if she could try Archie. I couldn't see a reason not too and like Dana said, if it worked out both of our dilemmas would be solved. Dana came over to ride Archie and I have to admit I was impressed with how both of them went! Archie was quiet and responsive, Dana was soft and forgiving - just how Archie likes his riders.
The deal was sealed, Archie would go live with Dana indefinitely, and Dana would have a safe well schooled horse to ride and learn on while she continues to work with Quartz. Yesterday, Archie left to start his new journey. He is still mine, and he is within a 20 minute drive from me, living with my best friend.
Archie and I have been together for the last 7 years. For the last 5 years I have seen him almost every day and have been the one to feed him, brush him, put him to bed and greet him in the morning. It is extremely difficult for me to let him go somewhere where I am not monitoring him throughout the day, but I actually feel pretty at ease knowing he is at Danas where he will receive equal care to what I would give him.
So far he has integrated into her herd well and made himself at home in his new stall. I am really hoping he doesn't think I have abandoned him, forgotten about him. I hope he is happy and not mad at me. I know he will have endless love and superb care and I hope he understands this. I hope he takes care of Dana and they can have some good years together forming memories like we have. Part of me feels guilty, thinking he won't understand where I have gone, but another part of me knows that with the attention and care he will be getting, he will be a very happy boy.
Here is to a new start, for both Dana and Archie.