Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Visiting Old Friends

This summer I finally admitted my two quarter horses were no longer beneficial to my rickety spine. So I gave them, free of charge, to what I hoped would be a good home. I had posted an ad on line and after interviewing a couple of people I choose the Kankakee State Park Riding stable.

With Gus and Nora gone I moved into my new equine life with my first gaited horse, a Missouri Fox Trotter named Ennis.

We're doing just fine. Thank you

But I kept thinking about those other two. Were they being fed? Was Gus given time to adapt? Was Nora being used to her full potential? So Keith and I took a few hours off last week and dropped in for a surprise visit. Guess what we found?

Two well cared for critters, that's what we found. Good condition, well trimmed feet and pleasant attitudes. Gus, my older guy was easily caught (never for me was he easy) and led up to say hello by his new best friend, the owners young daughter. You could tell by the gentle look in his eyes and her caring touch that they were well connected. I mean anyone with cool wellies like hers had to be OK.

Then it was time to see Nora. She was the one I missed the most because she and I went through the most. 3 full days with Chris Cox about killed both of us. But she too seems to have found herself good home. The young horsewoman were really enjoying her and the owner Bob has plans to show her himself this next year.
All this made me HAPPY. In this crappy economic time when horses are being dumped or neglected or sold for pennies I was so relieved  that my old buddies are now someone else's good buddies. Thanks so much to the Switzer Family!  http://www.stateparkstables.com/


  1. They are both beauties, and i'm sure it's a relief to know that they are being well cared for and loved.

  2. I need to introduce my horse-owning neighbours to The Switzers.

  3. What beautiful horses and how relieved you must be to see them so well cared for.

  4. Megan. Beyond relief. Guilt relief

    Cro. I'm sure that can be arranged. What is a few thousand miles between horse lovers?

    The Broad. The stable owners told me in the all the years they have been buying or been given new horses for their stable, I was the only one who ever came back to check on their horse! Sad isn't it?

  5. I REALLY like animal stories with happy endings.

    So happy they are well loved.


    Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island

    Thanks Switzer family!

  6. a happy ending.... we all need them!