|Tally-mare was a boss ass bitch when it came to jumping,|
I was mostly just along for the ride.
Thus, the idea of an alternate companion surfaced, as Suzie is quite a social creature who enjoys company. (The irony is that she bitches at them 24/7).
I tossed around ideas of a goat or sheep, but wasn't certain either would make viable companions being that goats are generally destructive and may not even be amicable with a horse. Plus, I couldn't guarantee Suzie wouldn't kick them in the head.
|He kind of looks like a goat anyways.|
And that's when I put two and two together after hungrily reading Andrea's blog which featured O-ren and her new job - driving. Being allured by the idea of driving, I was pretty quick to put the pieces of the puzzle together and initiated my search for a broke and sound driving mini.
The whole thing about miniatures is that a lot of people own them, but rarely do much with them. If I purchased a horse to serve as a companion, I wanted it to be able to perform and still have a purpose. Knowingly purchasing an animal that can't really serve a purpose is a tough expense to incur, especially since Suzie would be retired soon enough and I couldn't justify two hayburners (I say that with love). It is a reality I face since I board - once I have my own barn and property, providing a loving home to an eldery and retired horse is something I would like to do since it would be much more cost-effective in the long run.
The other cool thing about having Spud is that he provides friendship and companionship in areas where life may fall short. For example, if I were to go away to a 3 day show with Annie, I don't have to worry about Suzie being alone because Spud is still there. Or if Suzie goes out to pasture again this summer, Annie and Spud will be together. I often think about Suzie's final years too, and how having Spud there will largely help in keeping everything and everyone together.
Plus, Spud is just naturally good at being a best friend. Case and point:
|Honorary Warmblood BFF.|
|Crotchety old mare BFF.|
|Paint horse who thinks he's a mini BFF.|
|Old man Finnegan BFF.|
|Stud colt BFF and resident manners-teacher.|
|Horse show Trakhener BFF.|
Life gets interesting at times, so it is always nice to have him around to provide companionship no matter what happens.