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A New Home

The suspense is now over – Cass & Becca have a new address! We’re leasing a gorgeous, grassy 5 acres and it’s only about 5 minutes from our house! There’s a barn on the property I’m using for storage and there are numerous furry neighbors. The property owners built a lovely run-in shed in the girls’ 1 acre parcel. We’re going to be getting a round pen soon so I can start back up on their training. It is secluded and peaceful and we are on our own.

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Scottie and I  feel extremely blessed to have been given this opportunity for them. Having them at Leslie’s the past several months (Becca has been living there since October!) was essential but it was time to get them somewhere more permanent. With the rate Becca is growing it was obvious they couldn’t both go back to the small pasture at Trish’s. For a few weeks I called and emailed every horse facility around. None offered what we needed. I didn’t want them confined to a stall half the time and I really didn’t want other people handling them. When this place came to fruition, it was as if God smiled on us, as this is exactly as it should be.

In my usual way, a few days before they were coming home I began getting stressed. I’d been taking their things over a little at a time in my car (truck is still broke) and was trying to get used to the main residents of the acreage – Buford and his bevy of beauties.

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Buford is about the same size as my car! The more time I’m spending around them, the more comfortable I’m getting. I always make sure I know where the big guy is but they generally get bored with me quickly, especially when they realize I have no food for them. The barn was once really nice but the prior owners trashed it before moving. The current property owners have done a tremendous job clearing it out so I can use it for storage. I have to lock up the lunch box because bears are one of the new neighbors.

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Leslie offered to bring our girls home. We all assumed Cass would load up fine because she always had for me. Well, we hadn’t thought about the fact Leslie’s trailer was different from the one I’ve had her in, so Cass had other ideas. She wasn’t going in.

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She tried a few times to no avail, so she put Cass in a stall and attempted to load Becca. Keep in mind, Leslie is doing this all by herself. Becca decided if Momma didn’t go in she wasn’t, either! She tried Cass again and this time her stallion, Chance, caught her eye and she began flirting with him. We’re going to have to have a talk about that! So, after a few rounds of “arguing” with both of them, Leslie put some hay in the trailer and Cass walked in. (Of course, she did!) Becca followed and off they all went. Me, Scottie & Gayle were all there when they arrived at the new place. Becca was the first to off-load. Leslie backed her off with no trouble and handed her to me. Becca saw the cow welcoming committee and flared her nostrils but didn’t freak out. She was way more worried about where her momma was. Next came Cass, cautiously backing out. When she turned around it was obvious she’d never seen a cow before – she jumped about 100 feet in the air! Thank goodness Leslie had hold of her. We got them both in her pasture and let them look around. After just a few minutes we let them off the ropes. When Cass put her head down and realized there was grass it didn’t come up! It took her a good 15 minutes to realize I was there. It was funny. They settled in immediately and Becca began making friends with the bovine neighbors on the property next door.

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Becca found things to play with already. She’s such a goof!

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The day also happened to be my birthday. My friends threw me a little pizza and cake party and we had it right there in the pasture with the cows! How cool is that?! Having my girls home was the best present.

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Leslie has become quite attached to our special girls. She’s gonna miss seeing them everyday but will be coming to train us on a regular basis. We need her!

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The past two mornings I have sat in their pasture drinking my coffee and taking in the serenity. There’s a family of deer that play behind the property – Becca noticed them today, too. Cass whinnies when she sees my car drive up. I put my nose in Cass’s neck and take in her essence. She soothes me. I believe I soothe her, too. Life is good.

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